Upcoming Member Opportunities

AAJA will post upcoming conferences, workshops, webinars and more on this page regularly. Be sure to bookmark it and check back periodically.


SAJA Grant

Type: Grant

Location: North America

Deadline for Application: July 1, 2015

The South Asian Journalists Association is granting up to $5000 for in-depth feature reporting on Nepal after the earthquake. Preference will be given to journalists who plan to report from outside of Kathmandu on issues related to health, children, women and infrastructure. Suggested topics include access to roads in remote villages, access to temporary shelters, sustainability, water and sanitation, and the impact of trauma and infectious diseases.

Nepal-based journalists can apply as long as they have a note from editors in North American publications showing interest in their work.

To apply for the grant, contact Anup Kaphle at anupkaphle@gmail.com. The deadline to apply for this grant is July 1.


Richard J. Margolis Award

Type: Award

Deadline for Submission: July 1, 2015

Journalists whose projects reflect a concern for social justice can apply for this award. The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center is given annually to a journalist or essayist who has combined humor and wisdom to address social issues. The winner will receive a US$5,000 prize, along with a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

The award was created in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who brought light to hardships faced by subgroups including migrant farm workers, the elderly and Native Americans. Find out more.


Funding Available for Digital Series

Type: Grant

Location: United States

Deadline for Application: July 1, 2015

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) is launching its Digital Open Call. The initiative will provide up to US$50,000 in funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject for public media’s digital platforms.

ITVS will fund programs from all points of view that bring new audiences to public media and expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere. Projects must be in development and cannot have begun principal production.

Visit ITVS’s Digital Open Call site for more details. The deadline is July 1.


Diversity Fellowships Available for Environmental Journalism Conference

Type: Fellowship

Location: United States

Deadline for Application: July 7, 2015

Journalists of color can apply for a fellowship to attend this conference.

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) is offering diversity fellowships for its Environmental Journalism 2015 conference, sponsored and hosted by the University of Oklahoma and the National Weather Center Oct. 7 to 11.​ The theme is “Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood.”

Fellows receive full conference registration (including tours and other extra-fee events), a US$400 travel stipend and a year of membership in SEJ.

The fellowship is open to minority journalists who are either SEJ members or are eligible for membership.

The deadline is July 7. Learn more about the application details.


Exchange Program Open to Journalists

Type: Exchange Program

Location: China, US

Deadline for Application: July 7, 2015

Print, broadcast and online journalists from China and the United States can participate in this exchange program.

The East-West Center, in partnership with the All-China Journalists Association and the Better Hong Kong Foundation, is accepting applicants for its 2015 China-United States Journalists Exchange.

The program offers opportunities for six journalists from both China and the United States, respectively, to swap locations from Sept. 5 to 18. The theme for this year’s program for U.S. participants is “Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between China and the United States.”

Journalists will learn about the economic, social, cultural and political impacts of these events in both countries. Participants will meet with government and business leaders, academics, fellow journalists, nongovernmental organizations and other members of the Chinese and U.S. communities.

All US and Chinese participants will meet at the East-West Center in Washington for a one-day concluding dialogue.

The deadline to apply is July 7.  Learn more about how to apply.


ONA Digital Journalism Fellowship Open

Type: Fellowship

Deadline for Application: July 10, 2015

Journalists ages 23 to 30 who have been involved in digital journalism projects can apply for this fellowship.

The Online News Association is accepting applications for its MJ Bear Fellowship, which identifies and supports early-career digital journalists. Fellows must be fluent in English.

Candidates must have demonstrated — through professional experimentation, research or other projects — that they deserve support for their efforts and/or vision. Examples include a new take on a complex data visualization project, a novel form of news content distribution or a fresh approach to using social media or mobile technology.

The fellowship provides three online workshop sessions with a Personal Advisory Board, a three-year paid ONA membership, and registration, travel and accommodations for the 2015 Online News Association Conference and Awards in Los Angeles.

The deadline is July 10. Read more.


Environmental Journalism Competition Open

Type: Award

Location: Asia

Deadline for Application: July 14, 2015

The Singapore Environment Council‘s Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) aim to recognize the best coverage of environmental journalism in Asia.

Categories include journalist of the year, young journalist, story of the year, blogger of the year, photographer of the year, environmental reporting by a media organization and environmental reporting by a journalist.

Works must have been published or broadcast between Aug. 4, 2014 and July 14, 2015. Articles in any language will be accepted, but an English translation must be submitted.

Winners will receive SGD3,000 (US$2,234).

The deadline is July 14. Learn more about how to apply.


Code for America seeks fellows

Type: Fellowship

Location: San Francisco, CA

Deadline for Application: July 15, 2015

Code for America is accepting applicants for its 2015 fellowship. The program embeds cross-functional teams in local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services.

Past fellows have improved the permitting processes for small business owners, made it easy for parents to enroll their children in schools, connected families with food assistance and helped people avoid unnecessary bench warrants.

Technologists from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

The salary is US$50,000, in addition to benefits and travel costs.

The deadline is July 15.


Photography Grant Accepting Entries

Type: Grant

Location: Asia, Middle East

Deadline for Application: July 31, 2015

The Emaho Foundation‘s Emerging Asian Photography Grant seeks to identify and highlight the works of outstanding photographers from Asia.

The winner will receive a US$5,000 grant and an international platform to showcase a photography project. The grant must be used to complete an ongoing photo project in the region.

The eligible countries are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, State of Palestine, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

The deadline is July 31. There is a US$15 entry fee. Visit the Emaho Foundation site for application procedures.


Public Outreach Fellowship Open

Type: Fellowship

Location: Worldwide

Deadline for Application: August 3, 2015

The Open Society Fellowship seeks “idea entrepreneurs” from across the world who aim to challenge conventional wisdom and are committed to achieving democracy and accountability.

A fellowship project may identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows may produce books, reports or blogs; innovative public-education projects; the launch of new campaigns, activities or organizations; and more.

Project themes should focus on areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows spend a portion of their fellowship term at one of the organization’s main offices, in New York, Washington, London, Brussels or Budapest, or at a regional foundation.

In addition to supplying a stipend for living expenses, the fellowship may cover certain expenses, such as travel, conference fees, and part-time research assistance.

The deadline is August 3.  Learn more about eligibility and guidelines.


 Abe Fellowship for Journalists

Type: Fellowship

Location: US, Japan

Deadline for Application: September 15, 2015

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) announce the Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ). Funding for the fellowship is provided by CGP.

The Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.

Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community on one of the following topics:

  • Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security
  • Growth and Sustainable Development
  • Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations
  • Governance, Empowerment, and Participation

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Japan and have at least five years of professional journalistic experience with newspapers, news magazines, wire services, or online news organizations (Nationals of other countries must have a serious long-term affiliation with the American or Japanese journalistic communities). Freelancers are eligible.

The application deadline is September 15, 5PM EST.

For further information and to apply, please visit the Abe Fellowship site.


Jack Wadsworth Fellows Program

Type: Fellowship

Location: Multiple

Deadline for Application: Rolling

The Wadsworth Fellow will plan a series of cross-Center business initiatives, including programs, conferences, seminars, and roundtable discussions, designed to stimulate discussion across a range of topics and geographic locations.

The committee is looking for accomplished, senior-level individuals with extensive expertise in and knowledge of the business and trade relationship between the U.S. and Asia. Applicants for Wadsworth Fellows should meet the following criteria:

A journalist, academic, or business leader with deep expertise in the Asia-Pacific region and business and trade issues between the U.S. and Asia. A period of residence in Asia would be an important consideration.

Visit asiasociety.org for application information.


Position Open: Digital Communications Professional (Miami)

Type:  Career Opportunity

Location: Miami, FL

Social media enthusiasts can apply for this position in Miami.

The Knight Foundation will hire a digital communications professional to join its communications team. The organization supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.

The communications professional will produce quality multimedia content for Knight Foundation’s platforms and enhance its online presence by developing social networking initiatives that maximize user-generated content and engagement.

Candidates must have at least four years of experience in producing and curating online content.  Learn more about this opportunity.