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.

Some applications can be refused on budget grounds.


There will be four application rounds in 2019.

  • 14 January 2019, 11.59 PM Brussels time.
  • 15 April 2019, 11.59 PM Brussels time.
  • 15 July 2019, 11.59 PM Brussels time (deadline extended: July 31, 2019).
  • 14 October 2019, 11.59 Brussels time. 


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 10 criteria in relative weight to each other:

1 Added value compared to mainstream coverage / a forgotten story 13  
2 Relevance in society 13  
3 Originality and innovative ideas, research methods 8  
4 Feasibility 10  
5 Experience of the applicants, references 4  
6 Newsworthiness 10  
7 Work effort requirement 6  
8 Cross-border research, cross-border stories 12  
9 Networking between countries, pooling research 12  
10 Watchdog of EU institutions, policies, money 12  
  Total 100  


The applicant endorses the five ethical principles of journalism (truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity and accountability) as suggested by the Ethical Journalism Network as well as the national codes of ethics that are in force (see 

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, nor do we support food and beverages.

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

For whom?

  • 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 4 application rounds in 2019. The total amount to distribute is 195,000 euros. The money comes from the Adessium Foundation and Open Society Foundations.




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