Media Travel Grants Programme

Asia New Zealand Foundation

Relevent Country: New Zealand

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is offering the Media Travel Grants Programme for New Zealand journalists the chance to travel independently to Asia to research and prepare stories – to help demystify Asia for New Zealand audiences.

The Foundation will consider proposals that seek to increase New Zealanders’ understanding of the Asia region, and proposals that promote themes of economic, political, social or strategic change in Asia – and the implications of these changes for New Zealand.

Applications that provide information about proposed features and interviewees, outlets for the stories, supporting letters from relevant editors/producers, costs and itineraries have a greater chance of acceptance.

Costs Covered by Travel Grants

  • The grant can be used to cover most work-related costs, including return economy airfares, insurance, per diem allowances and visa and travel airport taxes.
  • The Foundation may not be able to fund the full amount of some projects.
  • The Foundation funds visits to Asia of up to three weeks’ duration.
  • The Asia New Zealand Foundation does not make travel arrangements for media travel grant recipients and cannot sponsor visas. It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate visas for your travel.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Either working as journalists for New Zealand news organisations or as freelance journalists.
  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Are interested in deepening their knowledge of Asia.
  • Have a proven track record in journalism.
  • Are currently based in New Zealand.
  • Can provide a stimulating, well-researched and focused proposal outlining story ideas.
  • Can demonstrate that their material is likely to reach a substantial audience.

Note: Journalists working for news organisations should provide a letter of support from their employer. Freelancers should provide correspondence showing that one or more news organisation(s) will publish/broadcast work resulting from the proposed project.