International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) 2017 Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists


Application Deadline: March 7, 2017

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

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Funding rounds will open for applications in January and June of each year; applications take 6-8 weeks to process. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.


  • An applicant must identify as a woman and be a full time professional practicing journalist with more than 3 years of post-graduate journalism experience.
  • If applicable, teams of journalists may apply, but the team leader must be a woman journalist and the group must include at least 50 percent women.

The fund was designed to help women journalists from around the world by providing grantees support to

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue critical skills training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

Applying for a Grant

Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information (in English):

      1. Contact Information and Resume/CV
      2. Brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for
      3. If applicable, a list of any other team members or applicants
      4. Description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address
        5. Estimated budget and time frame
2017 Fund Timeline


Funding Round*


Application Open


Applicants Contacted


Funds Distributed


January 24 – March 7, 2017
Applicants will be notified of their status approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline
IWMF will work with grantees to distribute funds in a manner that best suits their project
May 17 – June 20, 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2017 Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists


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