3 February 2020

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The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ)

FIJ’s Board of Directors looks for: stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power – in the public and private sectors. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color.

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The Fund for Investigative Journalism was founded in 1969 by the late Philip M. Stern to journalists balancing the scales of justice as in the fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed and governmental corruption. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color.

Specializations on this opportunity:

  • journalism

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

 Generally one year after the grant is issued

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  •  Story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a strong US angle, involving American citizens, government or business.
  •  All stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States.

Opportunity Cost


The maximum grant is $10,000. 

  • Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.
  •  It is Fund policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal.
  • Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion.

How to Apply

First Step: Before you apply, be sure to obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor who can pledge in writing that the news outlet will publish or air the specific story you propose.

Second Step: Click submit from the official website and choose your desire program.

Third Step: Create a new account then fill in the application. Don’t forget to submit your proposal, resume, work samples and a budget. All application documents must be written in English and budgets expressed in U.S. dollars.


 Check out FIJ’s Frequently Asked Questions from here.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Reem Wally/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Wahiba El Zayat/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team