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No. At this stage please only send us your story pitch, budget, timeline, and signed letter(s) of intent.
No, story pitches will not be discussed over the phone. All inquiries should be sent by email.
No. Only applications received via the online application form will be considered.
Freelance fees should be in proportion to the amount of journalistic work produced.
Yes, all the names and relevant information of freelancers have to be included.
Yes, you can submit more than one pitch.
Yes. Due to the expected high number of submissions, we can only accept applications submitted in English. However, please note that the story pitches will not be judged on the quality of your English and this will not in any way influence the decisions regarding the awarded grants. CVs may be submitted in German. Please note: We request original reporting in German and for German outlets.
Story clusters are any number of journalistic items that cover a topic from various angles and apply a broad range of journalistic styles. The grant programme encourages a production of multiple stories for one or multiple outlets.
There are no citizenship or nationality requirements. As long as you can produce original reporting in German and as long as the media you will report for is a relevant media organisation in Germany and/or has a relevant reach in Germany, you may submit a story proposal.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, if your research is innovative and is designed to reach a large audience in Germany.
Unfortunately not. A letter of intent is required in order to meet reasonable expectations that your story will be published in a relevant German media outlet.
No, this stipend is aimed at freelancers and teams of journalists.
No, this grant is aimed at individuals or teams of journalists.
No. We are looking for experienced working journalists.
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.
All stipends or reimbursements paid by the EJC are subject to the tax rules of your country of residence.
Since this programme is based on a stipend scheme, we can only allocate money to individuals or teams of journalists.
The stipend money will be distributed in three installments. 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 two additional installments throughout the project implementation upon evidence of publication of a finished project in agreement with the original proposal. The additional installments 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.
Travel within Germany needs to be covered from the allocated stipend and will not be additionally reimbursed. Grantees can however request additional flexible on-demand budget for travel expenses outside Germany (outside a cross-border radius of 100 Kilometers) and technical support as needed and justified from a journalistic perspective. Participants can request expense money not as a lump sum in advance, but according to their emerging needs during the working process. Any travel expenses need to be discussed with the EJC beforehand and will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Yes. Efforts to adapt the German content to the other language(s), culture(s), or circumstances are encouraged. Please note that translations will only be considered from German into other languages and that this grant supports first of all original German reporting. Additional translation costs can be requested if you can provide confirmation of intent to publish from a non-German 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.
All decisions will be communicated by email.
Following the deadline, all applicants will be informed on the outcome of their proposals within four weeks.
Be concise and follow the guidelines specified on the website and the requirements outlined in the online application form.
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 of the final decision.” If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please send an email to email@example.com.