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  • Can I attach supplemental materials to my application?

    No. At this stage please do not send us anything else except the requested information.

  • I’m not sure whether my story pitch qualifies for this grant. Can I call you to discuss this?

    No, story pitches will not be discussed over the phone. All inquiries should be sent by email to [email protected]

  • May I send an application directly by email?

    No. Only applications received via the online application form will be considered.

  • Should the names and stipend of freelance (photo-) journalists I would like to work with be included in the grant application?

    Yes, all the names and relevant information of freelancers have to be included.

  • Can I submit more than one story pitch?

    Yes, you can submit more than one pitch.

  • Do I need to submit my story pitch in English or in French?

    The application form is in French, and can be filled and submitted in French.

  • I am neither based in France, nor am I national citizen of France. Can I apply?

    There are no citizenship or nationality requirements. As long as you can produce original reporting in French and as long as the media you will report for is a relevant media organisation in France and/or has a relevant reach in France, you may submit a story proposal.

  • I want to submit a project reporting from China and Iran. Aren’t these eligible as developing countries?

    No. NOT eligible are: countries of the former Yugoslav Republic, former Soviet Union countries, China and countries covered by a US embargo (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria).

  • I have already published an in-depth health story. Can I receive a grant for it?

    No. This grant does not give awards to already published stories. The grant programme provides funds to enable journalists and media organisations to cover health and health policy related issues and not to receive money for already published work.

  • Does the grant fund creation and maintaining of websites that will cover health and development topics?

    No. The stipend can not be used for creating websites. Our focus is on the production of a series of journalistic items on health and health related issues.

  • I want to write a book. Can I apply for funding?

    We don’t rule out funding for books per se; however, what we’re looking for is more journalistic and more near-term than the average book. Funding a long-term project that is not likely to have an impact in the news media anytime soon is not within the interest range of this grant. Even if a book were to be funded, the applicant needs to ensure that the material would still be published in relevant media outlets, making it available to the general audience.

  • I want to write an academic research. Am I eligible?

    Yes, if your research is innovative and is designed to reach a large audience in France. You would be in charge of providing a dissemination strategy, including social media.

  • I want to make a documentary. Am I eligible?

    Yes.

  • I work for an NGO and I want to support health and development work. Can I get funding?

    No.

  • Does this grant fund cultural activities?

    No.

  • I have a great story idea but no media partner in France. Can I still submit a story pitch?

    Unfortunately not. To be eligible your project needs to be published by at least one media organisation in France. Contacts to relevant media organisations in France are required in order to meet reasonable expectations that your story will be published in such a media outlet. The goal of the grant - to raise awareness of the topic in France - cannot be reached without publication of your story in relevant media outlets in France.

  • Can a media outlet apply for this grant?

    Yes, this grant is equally aimed at individuals, teams of journalists and newsrooms.

  • Can journalism students apply?

    No. We are looking for experienced working journalists.

  • Is there an age limit?

    Grant recipients should be at least 18 years old.

  • Do you accept co-funding?

    Yes. However, it needs to be guaranteed that your reporting remains independent and that your co-funder does not attempt to exert any editorial influence. Please contact the EJC before you enter into a co-funding agreement.

  • What about taxes?

    All stipends or reimbursements paid by the EJC are subject to the tax rules of your country of residence.

  • Will funding be given to the journalist or the media organisation?

    That depends who is applying for the grant. If individual journalists (on staff or freelance) or teams of journalists apply, they will receive the grant directly. If a newsroom of a media organisation applies, the grant will be transferred to the media organisation.

  • How will the grant money be distributed?

    The grant money will be distributed in two instalments. The first half of the approved grants will be paid to successful applicants upon signature of the grant agreement. The remaining half will be disbursed in one final instalment at the end of the project upon evidence of publication of a completed project in agreement with the original proposal. The final instalments are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in due time or if the projects are published in a different form or in a different outlet than originally proposed.

  • If I am invited to submit a full application, does that mean I will get the funding?

    No. An invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee you will receive funding. It means that your story sounds promising and that we need to look into more details in order to make a final decision. All applications invited to submit a full application will receive individual confirmations and funding will be awarded only upon signature of a grant agreement.

  • Can a portion of the grant be used as a stipend for freelancers during the reporting, writing and production of the piece(s)? If so, what is the maximum proportion of the grant that may be applied to the stipend?

    Freelance fees should be at market rate and be in proportion to the amount of journalistic work produced.

  • Will successful applicants be reimbursed for travel expenses?

    The awarded grants are flat sums, which include the costs for the production of the project, including travel expenses, translation, equipment rental, insurance, multimedia production, etc. Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a detailed budget plan which will have to be approved by the EJC for the winners.

  • If I partner with a European media organisation - in addition to the French media outlet - that publishes in a language other than French, can part of the award be used to cover translation?

    Yes. Efforts to adapt the French content to the other language(s), culture(s), or circumstances are encouraged. Please note that translations will only be considered from French into other languages and that this grant supports first of all original French reporting for outlets in France. Additional translation costs can be requested if you can provide confirmation of intent to publish from a non-French media outlet. Any such expenses need to be discussed with the EJC beforehand and will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis. These costs will have to be documented with an invoice.

    • What are the responsibilities and expectations of a grantee?

      A financial budget and an editorial report will be required from all grantees upon completion of their projects. Interim reporting may be requested if deemed necessary.

    • When will I hear if I have been shortlisted?

      Following the application deadline, each applicant will be notified of the final decision by email within 3 weeks after the deadline has passed.

    • How will the decisions be communicated?

      All decisions will be communicated by email.

    • When are shortlisted applicants notified of decisions regarding their full applications?

      Shortlisted candidates will have two weeks to submit a full application. Following this deadline, all applicants will be informed on the outcome of their proposals within a maximum of two weeks time.

    • Do you have any additional tips for a good application?

      Be concise and follow the guidelines specified on the website and the requirements outlined in the online application form.

    • How can I be sure that my story pitch has been received?

      All applicants will receive a confirmation email reading: “Thank you for pitching us your story idea. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be notified within four weeks by email if he/she is among the finalists.” If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please send an email to [email protected]