2016 Connecting Continents Working Grants for Sub-Saharan African Journalists (100,000 Euros Grant)

Application Deadline: June 8th 2016

Connecting Continents, a pilot project by Journalismfund.eu in collaboration with Oxfam Novib, provides €100,000 for working grants for Sub-Saharan African journalists collaborating with European colleagues or vice versa.

In order to safeguard the independence of participating journalists and media, Journalismfund.eu operates as a firewall between Oxfam Novib, which provides the money for the grants, and the journalists who receive it. Journalismfund.eu has year-long experience with similar types of funding through its European cross-border and its Flemish Fonds Pascal Decroos working grant programmes.

Eligibility criteria

Only intercontinental journalist teams consisting of at least one Sub-Saharan African and one European journalist are eligible to apply. Preference goes teams of which the African member(s) is/are working in DR Congo, Uganda, Nigeria or Mozambique, although others are also eligible.

In order to be eligible for application, the teams have to ensure that their story will be published in at least one African and one European country. Therefore, during the application procedure they will be asked to upload letters of intent for publication from at least one African and one European news platform.

The application procedure

Before you can start with your application, you will need to register. Write down a username and enter your e-mail address. An e-mail will be sent to you with a link through which you can choose a password. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to start your application.

It might be wise to flick through the application module beforehand, so you know what it looks like and what type of information we need about the project. Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • What is the core conflict of the story?
  • What is your working hypothesis?
  • Who are the main actors?
  • What is your research plan; how do you plan to document your hypothesis?

You can save your application at any time (once you’ve filled in or checked the obligatory fields) and return to it at any time until the deadline.


There are two application rounds for the pilot project, one on June 8th and one on August 17th. Underneath a(n approximate) timeline:

  • May 22 — application module online
  • June 8th — DEADLINE of the first application round at 11.59 pm Brussels time
  • July 2nd — first jury meeting
  • August 17th — DEADLINE of the second application round at 11.59 pm Brussels time
  • Appr. September 15th — second jury meeting

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Connecting Continents Working Grants for Sub-Saharan African Journalists


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