FIJ/Schuster Institute

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Through a collaboration underwritten by a Ford Foundation grant, The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University have joined forces to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color.

Four independent reporters based in the United States with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will be selected. Applications from women and journalists of color working in any type of media — print, audio, video, online — will be considered.

The selected journalists will receive competitively awarded grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which will provide up to $9,000 to pay the expenses of reporting a specific investigative story, covering costs such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends.

Recipients will also be awarded Schuster Institute fellowships, which will give them access to paid research assistance, the extensive offerings of Brandeis University’s library and technology services, mentoring, editorial guidance, and opportunities for pro bono, media-related legal advice from a major New York firm, and participation in our "Newsroom Without Walls" community of Schuster Fellows. Fellowships do not require residency at Brandeis University and fellows are not paid.

Click on FELLOWSHIP & GRANT APPLICATIONS 2016 to get started, and when you are finished, APPLY! Note: You may save your work and come back to the application, but once you have submitted it you will not be able to make changes. We just need to receive it by midnight EST on Oct. 1, 2016!

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