How to apply for a grant

How to apply:

  • Journalists should draft a succinct proposal outlining their idea and submit to africa-china@journalism.co.za
  • Proposals will only be accepted in MS Word or PDF formats
  • Proposals should be clearly structured, stating briefly at the outset what the story idea is, followed by how and where the story will be researched and what it aims to reveal or contribute to the China-Africa debate
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a committee at the Wits Journalism Department, which will have sole and final discretion on the grants as well as the criteria used and any conditions attached to them
  • Preference will be given to proposals with a relatively narrow focus around specific projects or issues. Ambitious and broad attempts to analyse the overall effect of Chinese engagement should be avoided
  • Where possible journalists should identify individuals or communities through which to tell the story. While desk research is important, we encourage journalists to look for on-the-ground impact and perspectives

Proposals should include the following:

  • Brief outline of the story idea; what will be investigated, how and where
  • A budget of expected costs (in Rands for South African journalists or US dollars for journalists from other African countries)
  • Journalist’s resumé/CV and samples of published/broadcast work
  • Indication of where the article will be published
  • Applicant’s assessment of the risks of the project (if applicable)

Reporting grant terms:

  • The grants are intended to provide funding for travel, accommodation and sundry daily expenses, but not car hire, purchase of equipment or professional fees, or to buy publication space
  • Grants are generally between $300 and $1,500
  • Grant recipients will be paid 75% of the grant total at the outset, and the remaining 25% when (and if) the feature is published on a news media platform/publication
  • Successful grant recipients will be required to sign an agreement which outlines the terms of the reporting project and agreed budget
  • The reporting project should be completed and published within three months of the receipt of the grant funding unless otherwise agreed
  • It is the responsibility of journalists to ensure that the work is published and that acknowledgment is provided to the Wits Africa-China Reporting Project as provider of the grant
  • Successful applicants will be expected to supply a copy of their passport and stamped banking details
  • On completion of the reporting project grant recipients will be required to supply electronic copies of all material produced as a result of the grant
  • Wits Journalism will accept no responsibility for the work produced or the conduct of the grantee, but retains the right to use any material published as a result of a grant for publicity and promotional purposes although it will at all times provide due accreditation to the journalist
  • The Wits Africa-China Reporting Project reserves the right to review and edit copy before it goes to print