Kim Wall Memorial Fund – Inaugural Grant

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United States of America
Posted 3 years ago

The Kim Wall Memorial Fund – Inaugural Grant was established by Kim, her family, and friends. This fund was developed in the spirit that Kim would have wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life. Through this grant, the IWMF seeks to help bend the world toward Kim’s vision.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), in partnership with Kim’s family and friends, seek to make sure the kinds of stories Kim loved continue to be told, through the creation of the Inaugural Grant.


Whether reporting about Cuba’s underground market for digital content and culture, how the politics of opportunity played out inside Kampala’s emerging Chinatown, or the extent to which female Tamil Tiger combatants in Sri Lanka were failed by the promises of a feminist utopia, Kim introduced the world to incredibly interesting people others overlooked. The Memorial Fund will help other women with Kim’s adventurous spirit chase down these important, underreported stories.


Kim reported from all over the world in her short but accomplished career as an international correspondent. Her reporting appeared in publications including Harper’s, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, TIME, Slate, Vice, and Guardian. Kim was an IWMF fellow and grantee and received support from the organization in 2016 to report from Uganda and Sri Lanka.


Since 1990, the IWMF has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media.

Inaugural Grant  Offer:

  • Beginning this year, one $5,000 reporting grant will be awarded annually to a female journalist who’s reporting carries forward Kim’s legacy.
  • Winners will be paired with a mentor to assist them in their reporting.
  • Grants will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, and payment for fixers/translators.

Nationality Eligible: Worldwide



  • Women journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience.



All applications must be filled out online via the IWMF’s online application system.

The IWMF will accept applications once-yearly. Please keep this in mind when creating proposed project timelines.

Due to the large influx of applications, the IWMF cannot consider time-sensitive proposals.

Please refer to the application closing date for each application cycle, and expect grants to be disseminated 6 – 10 weeks following the application close.

Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.


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Deadline: February 2, 2018.


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