Human Rights and Religious Freedom Journalism Grant Program

The Human Rights and Religious Freedom Journalism (HRRFJ) grant program primarily supports early and mid-career journalists to pursue independent reporting projects that cover key challenges confronting the minorities and marginalized communities in India and the Indian diaspora in the United States. 

The grant program will place a high value on in-depth investigative reporting on human rights and religious freedom issues. Multimedia proposals are welcome.

Freelance journalists or full-time reporters with news organisations are eligible for grants and their reports can be published in reputable print, online, or broadcast media with a wide circulation. Topics must be timely and of clear interest and importance to Indian and Indian diaspora audiences. The stories that the grant supports must be in English. The maximum grant per proposal is $1500. The final grant amount for each proposal will be decided by the selection committee.

The disbursement of the grant is divided into two payments:

  • Half of the grant amount is disbursed upon acceptance of the reporting proposal.
  • The remaining amount is paid upon the publication of the story/stories.

Application guidelines

  • Description of the proposal in no more than 400 words. The proposal should also include the deadline.
  • 3-5 samples of published work.
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent for publication written on a letterhead by an editor or the news outlet agreeing to publish or air the story/stories.
  • Estimated budget itemizing expenses of reporting such as travel, accommodation, equipment rental, translation, etc.
  • Journalists from minority and marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

Important dates​

Open for applications: 10 August 2022

Deadline: 25 September 2022

Decision: 30 October 2022


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