Some applications can be refused on budget grounds.

After the application deadline, checks that formalities are in order and may call for more information from applicants. This usually takes one week.

After this the applications go to the jury who makes the final decision.

Applicants are usually informed around 30 days after the deadline.


The applications are assessed by a jury with 4 members. The members of the jury are experienced editors, investigative journalists or media specialists. They remain anonymous until they leave the jury.

Both and the jury are bound to strict confidentiality—before, during and after evaluation of the proposals.


Applications will be assessed based on 9 criteria in relative weight to each other:

    Starters Senior
1 Added value compared to mainstream coverage / a forgotten story 18 15
2 Relevance in society 14 10
3 Originality and innovative ideas, research methods 18 13
4 Daring 14 8
5 Feasability 6 10
6 Newsworthiness 10 10
7 Experience of the applicants, references 3 7
8 Saleability 7 13
9 Time-consuming 10 14
  Total 100 100

Budget supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs.

Download (excel) HERE an example of how to make a budget.

For Who?

  • supports journalists living in a Council of Europe country (geographical Europe). When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted, too.
  • Applicants must be working as professional journalists.
  • Only natural persons are eligible.
  • Students are not eligible.
  • Journalists who were previously allocated a working grant can reapply, but the jury will include the result of previous working grants in their evaluation of the new application.

How Much?

There are 3 application rounds in 2018. The total amount per call is around 40.000 euro. The money comes from Adessium Foundation and Open Society Foundations.


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