Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting



What they do

- Fund up to 150 international reporting trips per year for experienced and early-career journalists (last year, the funded projects included 25 by students).

-  Journalists typically spend 2-3 weeks in the field and are awarded between US$5,000 to US$15,000, although the Center has also provided up to US$80,000 for special projects. 

- They typically work with freelancers rather than staff journalists, but this has been changing recently, having backed projects by The Seattle Times and USA Today.

General advice for winning a grant

- Don’t focus on breaking news of a crisis, such as a health scare or a natural disaster. Your proposal should aim to explain what leads to these crises in the first place, and what the impact has been

- Make sure your proposed story hasn’t already been covered before by another Pulitzer Center grant recipient.

- If you’re rejected the first time you apply (or multiple times), don’t give up! In many cases, applicants who have been rejected multiple times are eventually funded. 

You’re a good fit if....

-  Have a solid distribution plan. Where will your story be published? Is there a multimedia element?

-  Non-native English speaking journalists can apply for the Persephone Miel Fellowship, which is awarded annually.