2015 Fund for Women Journalists: Security Training


Female journalists of all nationalities are eligible to apply to this fund.

About the Fund

The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is an incredible resource for talented reporters and will make a real difference in the field of journalism. Beginning in 2015, the IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants to support women journalists in their projects and endeavors. The fund is not limited in either the grant dollar amount or the number of grants awarded within the annual total.

The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

In an effort to underscore the importance of safety for women journalists, the final 2015 application round for the IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists will be dedicated to grants for security training.

We recognize the critical importance of affordable and accessible security training for journalists. In the two previous funding rounds, the number of applicants requesting support to undertake reporting projects in challenging environments has astounded us – many have not had the opportunity or funding to participate in security training. This type of training is vital for reporters to equip themselves with the skills they need to manage their own safety in the field.

In response to this growing need, the IWMF will award funding in this round exclusively for women journalists to obtain hostile environments and first aid training. There are two options to apply.

Option 1: Women journalists may apply for stipends to attend a security-training course of their own choosing. To apply for this option, applicants must have already selected a training provider and provide proof of the cost to participate.

Option 2: Through the Fund for Women Journalists the IWMF will sponsor a 3-day Hostile Environment and First Aid Training for 14 women journalists from January 22-24 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fund for Women Journalists will cover the full cost of training including accommodations and meals. Funding for travel costs to the training venue in Nairobi will be considered based on need.

Applications for either option must be submitted via the IWMF’s online application system.

Applying for a Grant

Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):

    1. Contact Information and Resume/CV
    2. Designation of which option you are pursuing
    4. Statement on how this opportunity will benefit you professionally
    5. Links to work samples in English

To submit an application for either option click here.

All applications must be received by December 1st.

All grantees will be selected and notified by the IWMF the week of December 15th.

The next round of applications for the Fund for Women Journalists will open in mid-January 2016 and will cover general grant funding to support a variety of projects and initiatives.

About The IWMF
For 25 years, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has been dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Our work celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through our programs and grants we empower women journalists with the training, support, and network to become leaders in the news industry.