Justine O’Sullivan is the IWMF’s Program Officer and she is always on the lookout for unique and innovative stories that can benefit from the IWMF’s support. A typical day involves reviewing applications for the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists or Reporting Grant for Women’s Stories; working to find the IWMF’s next Courage in Journalism and Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism awardees; and assisting with emergency cases and reporting trips. Whether it’s interviewing the latest rounds of program applicants or preparing for an African Great Lakes Reporting trip, Justine is always working to find the best journalists for the IWMF’s grants, fellowships, and awards.
Justine’s passion for grant making and program management grew from her previous role at IREX, where she was a Program Coordinator on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Prior to that, she worked at the Tannebaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in New York.
Originally a New Yorker, Justine holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Islamic World Studies from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in International Relations from American University.