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

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists (FWJ), the first funding initiative of its kind, supports journalists and journalism projects including, but not limited to, professional development opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives led by women and nonbinary people. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, FWJ has supported more than 330 journalists from 47 countries since its inception in 2015.

Applications for FWJ are accepted on a rolling basis and are open to journalists of all nationalities. Learn more about application guidelines here.

Apply to the Fund for Women Journalists >>

Please note that applications submitted after June 30, 2022 will receive a response in September 2022.

“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)