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SAJF Grant 2023: Support for experienced journalists to pursue impactful stories

The grant is dedicated to funding long-form journalism based on India and its sub-regions; know all about the application process



SAJF Grant 2023: Support for experienced journalists to pursue impactful stories

Svran-Apeejay Journalism Foundation (SAJF) is inviting applications from journalists for the upcoming round of the SAJF Grant 2023. The programme will offer four strings free grants in a year worth INR 3,00,000, which will be disbursed over a period of six months (INR 50,000 every month).

The grant will be given to journalists to pursue a long-form positively enlightening story on India or its sub-regions, which can be published in any medium, be it print, digital, or video, to name a few. The story can be written either in English or any of the Indian official languages. The story can explore any industry or field as long as it is directly linked to India.

SAJF believes in supporting quality journalism through selective intervention and strongly supports the inclusion of diverse thoughts and ideas 

Who is eligible?

The grant is specifically dedicated to journalists with a minimum of five years of professional experience, who are stimulated to bring out meaningful stories and are looking for support. They should also have a minimum of two years of experience in recognised news outlets.

In case you do not meet the professional eligibility but still want to apply, you will need a no objection certificate (NOC) or recommendation from any two panellists. The option to upload NOC letters or e-mails is provided in the online application.

What would the judgment be based on?

The jury will judge the content based on the following criteria:

*How impactful will the product be?

*What is the likelihood that the work product will be completed in six months? 

*Is the money being used efficiently and to the maximum effect?

*Is this a story that has not been covered before or has not been covered thoroughly enough?

The SAJF Grant jury members are:

Mr Aditya Berlia, Founder & Convenor, SAJF

Mr Abhinay Chopra, Owner & Director, Punjab Kesari

Mr Akshay Kothari, Ex-Head, LinkedIn India, Co-Founder, Pulse News; and, Co-Founder & COO, Notion

Mr Anant Nath, Editor, Delhi Press, Caravan Magazine

Mr Anant Goenka, Executive Editor, The Indian Express Group and Head of New Media, The Indian Express

Mr Ashok Ogra, Ex VP, Discovery India and Advisor, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communications (AIMC)

Mr Bharat Gupta, CEO, Jagran News Media

Mr Dhaval Gupta, ED, Cyber Media

Mr Maheshwar Peri, Ex Outlook India; and, Chairman & Founder, Careers360

Ms Mariam Mammen Mathew, CEO, Manorama Online at Malayala Manorama

Mr Nikhil Kumar Kanekal, Ex-Deputy News Editor, Deccan Herald and Consultant, LiveMint

Mr Nikhil Pahwa, MediaNama

Ms Shreyasi Goenka, Content Advisor, DNA Newspaper

Mr Shyatto Raha, Ex Global MD, NDTV, Founder & CEO, MyHealthcare

Mr Ravi Agrawal, Author, Journalist, & TV Producer and Ex–New Delhi Bureau Chief, CNN Editor FP

Mr Rishi Darda, Lokmat Media

When to apply?

The applications will be accepted till May 20, 2023. Click here to apply.

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For queries/clarifications, please contact Mr Vishal Sinha, Director, SAJF, at [email protected]

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.