Media Women’s Foundation Accepting Applications for  Howard G. Buffett Fund

Nadine Hoffman,
IWMF’s Deputy Executive Director,

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists (FWJ), which aims to support women journalists around the world in their reporting projects and professional development opportunities. 

The FWJ is the first funding initiative of its kind that supports journalists and journalism projects including, but not limited to, professional development opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives led by women and nonbinary people.

A groundbreaking initiative, it is dedicated to promoting the work of women and nonbinary journalists worldwide and open to journalists of all nationalities with applications accepted on a rolling basis.

The Fund offers two different types of funding, reporting projects and professional development opportunities. The FWJ prioritizes reporting projects pitched around underreported stories of global importance. These projects can take any media format, including print, digital, broadcast, audio, video, photography, and new media. Professional development opportunities can include security training, conferences, workshops, and media development initiatives such as technical skills-building training.

Freelance and staff journalists may apply, but journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession, and she must have at least one year of professional journalism experience, with a track record of publishing in non-student outlets.

Grant sizes will depend on the proposal and the inclusion of a detailed budget, and approximately $230,000 will be disbursed each year. Women whose applications are accepted will have their grant agreement created using the timeline they provided in their applications. Projects generally must be completed within one year of application approval.

For detailed information and to apply, please visit