Svran-Apeejay Journalism Foundation Grant inviting Professional Journalists in India

Deadline: 15 May 2019

The third program of Svran-Apeejay Journalism Foundation (SAJF) is now open to provide strings free grants to eligible journalists to pursue a story in long form to be published in any medium (print, video, digital, etc.) which are positive (enlightening) in nature about India or any of its sub-regions.

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The Svran-Apeejay Journalism Foundation’s mission is to selectively intervene in the journalism eco-system to support quality. Selective intervention allows the foundation to have the maximum impact while not duplicating the efforts of others. The foundation is politically, philosophically, and ideologically agnostic, and supports the inclusion of thoughts and ideas from a diverse range of sources.

Funding Information

To start with the foundation is offering four grants a year of INR 3,00,000 each distributed over six months (INR 50,000 per month).

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Strings free means

  • All copyright and work product belongs to the author alone.
  • Money can be spent on everything from travel to research materials at the discretion of the recipient.
  • The foundation, its panelists, advisors, observers, employees, associates, and affiliates do not endorse any work product or particular journalist.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Professional
    • Minimum 5 years as a professional journalist in India. (as defined as journalism being major or main source of income).
    • Minimum 2 years working in a recognized outlets on stories.
  • Professional Eligibility can be waived if a NOC / Recommendation is given by any two panelists. The option to upload NOC letters / e-mails is provided for in the online application.
  • Content
    • Proposed story must be positive (enlightening) in nature and be about India or one of its sub-regions.
    • The story must be substantial in content and depth and not simply a short article, video, or post.

General Judging Criteria

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  • How impactful would the end product be?
  • What is the likelihood that the work product would be completed in six months?
  • Is the money being used efficiently and to the maximum effect?
  • Is this a story that has not been covered before or has not been covered thoroughly enough?

For keeping objectivity the names of the applicants and their backgrounds would not be shared with the panel. Should anyone on the panel wish to contact the applicant separately, provided the applicant has earlier consented in the application, the introduction would be made.

How to Apply

Applications are of around two pages, must be filled online via the given website.

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