Judith Neilson Institute Freelance Grant

for Asian Journalism

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Judith Neilson Grant for Asian Journalism. Our judges are reviewing all entries and winners will be notified by the end of June.


Established by the Walkley Foundation, the Judith Neilson Institute Grant for Asian Journalism aims to encourage more and better reporting on Asia by Australian media professionals and outlets.

Up to $25,000 in grants will be awarded to assist Australian freelance journalists to produce a significant work of journalism in any medium. The judges are looking for original journalism with public interest value and impact – stories that surprise, educate and make a difference.

Quick links: Terms & Conditions | Frequently Asked Questions | Judging Criteria

These grants are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

Who can apply?

Freelance journalists who are Australian residents or citizens. Applicants can enter as individuals or groups of up to three members (all freelance journalists). 

How to apply

Applications are now closed. Our judges are reviewing all entries and winners will be notified by the end of June.

You can apply using the online application form. It is free to apply. Applications close at midnight on Friday May 29, 2020. 

Applicants should:

  • Give a brief outline of their project
  • Show they have a realistic understanding of the budget for their project and provide details with their application
  • Show they have in-principle support of a publisher or broadcaster to publish the work they produce as a result of this grant
  • Submit up to three examples of their work to support their application

Terms and conditions

Please see the full terms & conditions here.

Judging Criteria

Please see the full judging criteria here.

Why a grant for Asian journalism?

Asia is now the most important region in the world. It’s home to half the world’s population and its economy is bigger than the rest of the world combined. Few countries are as closely bound to the region’s future as Australia, yet coverage of Asia does not always keep pace with Asia’s importance. The goal of these grants is to support freelance journalists doing high-quality journalism that tells the region’s most important stories in intelligent and compelling ways.

Key dates

  • March 2, 2020: Applications open
  • Friday May 29, 2020: Applications close at midnight AEST

Contact us

For questions on the grants program, please contact Lauren Dixon via email or call 0413 212 890.

The Walkley Public Fund for Journalism

These grants are funded by the Walkley Foundation’s Public Fund. The industry needs more from us, and to provide that kind of support, we need help to grow the Walkley Public Fund. The Fund is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together and show their support for journalism, and the vital role that it plays in supporting democracy, with a tax-deductible donation.

You can find out more about the fund, what we support, and how to donate here.

Want to support great storytelling in the public interest through a grant? Get in touch with us.