The Global Health Journalism Grant Programme 2018

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Application Deadline- 11 July 2018 (22:00 CET)

The Global Health Journalism Grant Programme aims to advance innovative reporting on global health topics in developing countries in German media. The goal of the grant is to raise awareness about global health issues of the general public, and to inform and engage influencers and decision makers in government, civil society, industry, and the medical as well as development communities. The grants are worth between €5,000 and €20,000 each – including potential travel and technical expenses according to the scope of project.

Please note: This programme is open to freelancers, staff journalists and newsrooms!


Your story pitch is the most important part of the application. Projects submitted are required to deal with global health in developing countries.

The topic of health and the description of health care in the developing countries should be put in the broader context of development cooperation, political stability, migration and international relations.

A clear benefit, but not a must, is to provide a link to Germany in the story. As such, the reporting could be connected to Germany’s global health policies or the activities of either health-related German government organisations or NGOs on the ground.

We strongly support the coverage of under-reported health topics or new and surprising angles on familiar topics.

Selection criteria

The jury will judge applications based on the following criteria:

  • Editorial focus and quality. Is the topic original, balanced and focused? Does it cover an under-reported story, or a new angle?  Will it be a strong piece of journalism that gets attention?
  • Reach and impact. Will the story (and the media outlets that will publish it) reach a large number of people in at least one of the audience target groups? Does it have the potential to raise people’s awareness? Will it cause engagement or change of thinking and even acting?

Audience and impact

Grantees should produce in-depth stories which will contribute to a higher awareness and knowledge of the topic in Germany.

All projects must provide reporting related to global health beyond the limitations of daily news cycles. They are required to address by theme, style, and presentation, at least one of target audience groups:

  • the general public;
  • policy makers, researchers or business leaders with a stake in global health.

The story should be designed to have an impact on society in Germany, and its political influencers, decision makers or business leaders with a stake in global health. The reported issues are intended to enhance a better understanding about the interrelation of public health and the political, social and economic stability in developing countries.


Freelance or permanently employed individual journalists, or small teams of journalists (including support staff as appropriate, e.g., graphic designers, software programmers, or data experts), may apply for funding for a story in whichever format they deem best suited to their topic and audience (text, video, audio, or multimedia).

The applicants should be experienced in reporting on the topics of health, science, business or development and need to publish in relevant* media from Germany. Journalists are strongly encouraged to publish in multiple outlets.

How to Apply?:

All eligible applicants are welcome to submit an online application until 11 July 2018 by providing:

  • a story pitch
  • a list of the existing contacts to relevant media outlets
  • letter(s) of intent (if possible) by German media organisations
  • a clear strategy for publication, delivery and dissemination
  • an itemised budget
  • the timeline in which the project will be carried out
  • a CV

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Global Health Journalism Grant Programme

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