Reporting Right Livelihood

A journalism grant scheme to promote impartial and high-quality reporting on the work of 'Alternative Nobel' Laureates


With shrinking media budgets around the world, many newsworthy stories on real solutions to global challenges are often missing out on being reported. More than 160 Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, provide fertile ground for such stories. In 2017, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation is launching a small grant scheme to support impartial and high-quality reporting on the work of ‘Alternative Nobel’ Laureates and, in doing so, put the spotlight on the issues that matter.


A total of five small grants for journalists will be disbursed in 2017. The grants will cover reasonable travel, accommodation and communication costs related to the selected story, as well as a modest honorarium. All successful applicants will be requested to sign a grant agreement prior to disbursement of funds and provide adequate justification for the costs incurred upon the completion of the assignment. Should reporting not take place for reasons other than force majeure, the Foundation reserves the right to revoke the funding.


The deadline for applications is 15 June 2017. The successful applicants will be announced on 1 July 2017. All selected grantees must complete their reports before the end of 2017.

Use of materials

The journalists retain full editorial control and copyright of the story; the Right Livelihood Award Foundation reserves the right to use all associated materials (photo, video and copy) free of charge in its own communications.


Applicants can be print, online, photo and broadcast journalists (staff or freelance), or journalism students in their final year of studies. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world, however they must produce the report in one of the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish or Turkish.

All applicants must complete the application form for consideration by the Steering Committee with an indication of the story angle, the Right Livelihood Laureate(s) to be featured, the media outlet(s) approached for publication, and the indicative budget.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee includes Right Livelihood Award Laureates, as well as senior journalism and media capacity building experts. The Steering Committee’s decision is final.

Adelheid Feilcke


Adelheid Feilcke is Head of European Programme Directorate at German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). She joined DW in 1992 and became the founding head of the Albanian Service. She has worked as a trainer for DW Akademie since 1995. She has been involved in media since 1981, including working as a freelance journalist and cultural manager for national radio station WDR. She studied cultural anthropology and cultural management. During her studies, she worked for the State Music Council of Schleswig-Holstein. She is based in Bonn where the DW Global Media Forum is held annually.


Romaine Jean


Romaine Jean is a producer at the Swiss public broadcaster Radio Television Suisse (RTS) and President of Fondation Hirondelle, which supports fact-based and independent journalism in conflict and crisis zones around the world. After studying political science at the University of Geneva, she started her professional career at the Swiss national news agency ATS in 1980 before joining RTS. She was presenter of the main television news programme in French from 1996 to 2003 and held several senior management roles since then.


Jo Weir

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Jo Weir has worked for 25 years with Thomson Reuters Foundation leading media capacity building and award schemes. She has been involved in the training of over 13,000 journalists, travelling to 78 countries — from Albania to Zimbabwe with everywhere from North Korea, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Uzbekistan in between. Jo is also a consultant at Chime For Change, a journalism platform that focuses on helping women and girls speak for themselves. She is based in London.


Martin Schibbye

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Martin Schibbye is Editor-in-Chief of Blank Spot Project, with Stockholm as his base and the world as his work place. As a freelancer he has mainly focused on reporting from South and Southeast Asia, using his feet more than Google. During a mission to Ethiopia in 2011, he was arrested and spent 438 days in jail – for doing his job. After being freed, he received the Swedish Publicists’ Association´s Award in Memory of Anna Politkovskaya, The Ludvig Nordstrom Prize and Reporters Without Borders’ Prize for Press Freedom.


Özgür Mumcu

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Özgür Mumcu is a columnist with the leading independent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, which received the 2016 Right Livelihood Award for their fearless investigative reporting. He graduated from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law in 1996, and received a doctorate in International Law and International Organizations from Sorbonne University in 2003. He also works as a researcher at Galatasaray University in Istanbul and is a member of the executive board of Uğur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation.