2019 ICFJ Investigative Reporting Project for American Journalists

Deadline: May 30, 2019.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is offering a new program for U.S.-based reporters, focused on reporting on issues that span the U.S.-Mexico border, including human rights violations, immigration, corruption and drug trafficking.

During this program, six U.S.-based reporters will work with ICFJ and the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers (BCJB) and participate in the following activities:

  • A two-day orientation (June 28 and 29) in McAllen, Texas, which will focus on techniques for investigative reporting. The orientation will also include sessions about the specific context of the U.S.-Mexico border;
  • A three-day “Investigathon” (planned for August; dates TBD) focused on developing investigative reports about the U.S.-Mexico border and building trust and connections between U.S. and Mexican journalists.



1. Both freelancers and individuals working for established media outlets are welcome to apply.

2. ICFJ and BCJB will prioritize applicants with some experience working on investigative reporting, however, the program is open to all working journalists.

3. All journalists with interest in covering topics related to the U.S.-Mexico border are invited to apply.

4. They will accept applicants from any U.S. state.

5. They are looking for candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experience.



There are two types of funding available.

1. The first is small reporting grants. The amounts will depend on a submitted budget, and only cover expenses associated with the production of investigative reports (i.e. travel expenses, fixers/interpreters, access to public documents, etc.).

2. The second are investigative reporting fellowships, which will cover both a stipend and reporting expenses. There are fewer fellowships available, and fellowships will likely be granted to more experienced investigative reporters with a proven track record. The provision of either a small reporting grant or fellowship will be at the discretion of ICFJ and BCJB.




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