Cancer Journalist Grant


The Cancer Journalist Grant encourages high-quality reporting on cancer.  The Grant will enable print, broadcast and new media journalists to complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer. We are looking for projects that explore systemic issues that have a significant impact on cancer patients and that provide comprehensive coverage on the topic rather than short spot-reports from the field.

Who can apply for a Cancer Journalist Grant?
The grant is open to print, broadcast and new media journalists. Preference will be given to early- to mid-career journalists who are based in Europe and are freelancers.

What do the winners of the Cancer  Journalist Grant receive?
The amount of grant awarded will depend on the specific proposal. Journalists will be asked to give details on the amount they are requesting in their proposal. The maximum grant available is 5,000 euros. The grant will be paid in two instalments, half in advance and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast.

Recipients of the grant will be required to complete their project within an agreed time-frame and submit their articles, radio reports or videos for publication in Cancer World.

The Cancer  grant aims to promote coverage of cancer and cancer care topics in national mass media. To facilitate this, we will give grant recipients 3 months to publish their work in other media channels before publishing them in Cancer World magazine or on the Cancer World website. Grant recipients must use their grants within 6 months of receiving confirmation that their application has been successful.

Successful grant applicants will be able to ask for support from one of the Cancer World Journalists, to talk through options on how to tackle their proposed piece and get feedback.

How will grant recipients be selected?
Grant recipients will be selected by the Cancer World team. The criteria for selection will be:

  • Strength of the proposed topic;
  • The quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated in their work samples;
  • Evidence that the applicant can tackle complex, analytical stories;

How can I apply for the Cancer Journalist Grant?
If you would like to receive a Cancer Journalist Grant you need to complete our online application procedure, before applying please prepare the documents listed below, (pdf, jpeg or word format) you will be asked to upload these documents onto our online application system.

Documents to be submitted online via the Apply now button below:

  • Copy of your CV in English which includes details of any other grants/scholarships or awards of which you have been given.
  • Complete the Story Proposal form (typed not by hand), which outlines details of your story and how you plan to execute it. You can download the Story Proposal form here – Grant Proposal_application form_final.
  • Three samples of your work that demonstrate similar skills needed to carry out your grant proposal. They do not need to be about cancer. (these can be submitted in original language but in this instance you must submit a one-page summary of each piece in English or better still a full English translation). Your samples of work can either be uploaded or you can complete the designated box with a direct web link to your work

The deadline to apply for the next Cancer Journalist Grant is the 31st January 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Corinne Hall

Past winners
The 2015 Cancer World Journalist Grant was assigned to Sophie Fessl from Austria for her story proposal on the problem of drug development in paediatric oncology, where survival rates have stalled over the past 10 years. Sophie was awarded a grant of 2100 euros and her article was published in Cancer World magazine. You can view Sophie’s final article here

In 2014 a grant of 2,250 euros was awarded to two European freelance journalists: Maria Delaney from Ireland for her story proposal on Systematic BRCA Screening and to Prune Antoine from France for her proposal to write an article on the long-terms effects on having been treated for and survived paediatric cancer.

Maria Delaney’s article, Who should we screen for the BRCA gene? appears in Issue 67 of Cancer World and was also published in Ars Technica.

Prune Antoine’s article, Rerouted, not derailed: resuming a young life after cancer appeared in Cancer World 68.

Prune Antoine is a freelance author. She currently lives in Berlin and works with Le Monde magazine, Géo, Madame Figaro, Elle, XXL…amongst many others. Her stories, both print or multimedia, featured through Eastern Europe, Russia, Balkans, South Caucasus, Turkey or Northern Africa.

Maria Delaney is a freelance journalist who regularly publishes news and features in The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is also a science writer and has her own blog and co-authored the bestselling book, A Neutron Walks Into A Bar