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Bertha Challenge Fellowship 2025 for Activists & Investigative journalism | Funded

Bertha Challenge Fellowship 2025 for Activists & Investigative journalism | Funded

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Bertha Challenge Fellowship 2025 for Activists & Investigative journalism | Funded

Bertha Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the sixth Bertha Challenge 2025 : an opportunity for activists and investigative journalists to spend a year working on one pressing social justice challenge and to deliver a body of work at the end of the Fellowship year. Successful applicants will receive non-residential paid Fellowships and project budgets to work independently and together to:

  • INVESTIGATE the causes of and solutions to the annual Bertha Challenge.
  • AMPLIFY their findings to a wider targeted audience.
  • CONNECT with diverse stakeholders for information, support and impact

The sixth Bertha Challenge will begin in January 2025 with a focus on farming and the climate crisis. They invite investigative journalists and activists to apply to the Bertha Challenge Fellowship with a project that responds to the following question:

How is the interconnectedness between operate interests and political power in farming contribution to the global climate crisis and what do people  and communities do to expose and counter this? 


  • Income for each Bertha Fellow for one year, not exceeding USD 64,900 and commensurate with the applicant’s current or equivalent salary at the host organization – ideally a media outlet for an investigative journalist and an NGO, community organization or social movement for an activist
  • A Project Fund of up to USD 10,000 for each Bertha Fellow to produce a culminating product that responds to the question posed by the Bertha Challenge, and that is directed towards a specific audience. This could be a series of articles, videos, podcasts, games or drama productions, for example. Joint activist and journalist applicants will have the option to pool their project funding to produce projects on a larger scale
  • Access to a Connect Fund of up to USD 5,000 specifically designed to encourage collaboration between Fellows
  • Regular online discussions on a range of issues from current debates around the Bertha Challenge question to methods of investigation, methods of communicating findings, storytelling, popular education and more
  • Peer and mentor support in the form of regular virtual check-ins with Bertha staff and a cohort of Bertha Fellows
  • Network development through the global cohort of Bertha Fellows and exposure to relevant partners within and beyond the Bertha network
  • A global convening of Bertha Fellows at the start of the Bertha Challenge.

Check: Junior Fellowship Program in Sweden 2025 | Partial Funded

Eligibility of Bertha Challenge Fellowship 2025

  • At least five years’ experience working with activists, social movements, grassroots and community organizations, social justice organizations or campaigns
  • Strong connections to a diverse range of relevant groups in the Fellow’s city, country or region, including with social movements, community organizations, NGOs, academics, journalists, progressive government officials etc.
  • Experience developing organizing tools or popular educational products and materials, for example training courses, publications, pamphlets, films, podcasts, arts, theater productions, etc.
  • Experience using research, media and the law in advocacy
  • Affiliation to an appropriate host organization to amplify work produced during the Bertha Challenge.

Investigative Journalist Criteria

  • Mid-career journalists with at least five years’ experience, a track record and passion for doing investigative journalism
  • Strong interest and experience in producing work on the Bertha Challenge question and a proven ability to work with affected communities, social movements, community organizations, NGO’s, academics, scientists etc.
  • Investigative journalism and research ability, a comprehensive understanding of the political landscape concerning the subject matter, an understanding of the law(s) and political structures determining policy direction and power
  • An ability to work independently
  • Affiliation to an appropriate host media organization that will publish and amplify work produced during the Bertha Challenge.

Also Check: UAL International Postgraduate Scholarships in UK 2024-25 | Partially Funded

Application for Bertha Challenge Fellowship 2025

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline12 July,2024
OrganizerBertha Foundation



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