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ESO's Cancer Journalist Grant encourages high-quality reporting on cancer. The Grant enables print, broadcast and new media journalists to complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer. We look 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.

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Who can apply for a Cancer Journalist Grant?

The grant is open to print, broadcast and new media journalists. Preference is 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 are asked to give details on the amount they are requesting in their proposal. The maximum grant available is 5,000 euros. The grant is paid in two instalments, half in advance and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Recipients of the grant are required to complete their project within an agreed time-frame and submit their articles, radio reports or videos for publication in Cancer World. The grant aims to promote coverage of cancer and cancer care topics in national mass media. To facilitate this, grant recipients are given 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 are 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 ESO and the Cancer World team. The criteria for selection is:

  • 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;

If you have any questions please contact Corinne Hall


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:

  1. Copy of your CV in English which includes details of any other grants/scholarships or awards of which you have been given.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Applications for the Cancer Journalist Grant are now closed

If you have any questions please contact Corinne Hall chall@eso.net



Past Grant Recipients

2020 Cancer Journalist Grant

Patrick Njoroge (Kenya) – Esophageal cancer in Kenya
Astrid Viciano (Germany) – Drug prices in the EU
Taras Zozulinskyy (Ukraine) – Cancer in Ukraine – conditions, treatment, corruption

2015 Cancer Journalist Grant

Sophie Fessl (Austria) - New drugs for childgood cancers: could biotechs end the drought?

2014 Cancer Journalist Grant

Maria Delaney (Ireland) - Who should we screen for the BRCA gene?
Prunt Antoine (France) - Rerouted, not derailed: resuming a young life after cancer