Fund For Women Journalists

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

“This Fund will give outstanding women journalists the ability to turn their reporting ambitions into reality.” — Howard G. Buffett

The IWMF Howard G. Buffett fund grant has changed my life. It made my idea of a web app showcasing the male-to-female ratio of business leaders by company possible, and gave me the vote of confidence I needed to keep going as an entrepreneur and journalist. Before this, LedBetter was just a dream and a spreadsheet. Now, we have the resources to create a beautiful online tool that will hopefully educate thousands of people on gender equality and inequality at the brands they buy. The grant has helped me step up as a leader and take charge of creating something impactful.
Iris Kuo (2015, Round 1)
[The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists] gave me the opportunity to report in-depth on a single issue, the way I never thought I could. I explored the issue of inheritance for women across different parts of Nigeria, digging up untold stories of women suffering disinheritance as a form of violence against women. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists has led to career opportunities in the past year. I was appointed the supervisor of the team producing the top morning programme on my station.
Ehizogie Uwa Ohiani (2017)