CLEW cross-border grants

The transition from fossil fuels to clean energy brings many challenges and solutions that transcend borders, and so should the stories about this move. With its cross-border grants, CLEW allows journalists to explore under-reported stories with colleagues from around the world. Various grant calls are made every year within broad overarching topics that have a global impact. The winning teams get selected by a jury of experienced journalists and climate experts. Reporters get a chance to overcome national silo thinking, collaborate on stories and reach wider audiences.

Open call for applications

Got a story to tell? Pitch it on our next grants call!

We currently don't have an open call for applications. Find previous cross-border grant opportunities here.

What is cross-border research?

Cross-border journalism can mean covering an international story with a colleague, or translating a team's international knowledge to your own news audience. The advantage of cross-border journalism is combining skills and knowledge to create better-informed stories.

What are the cross-border grants?

Journalists get a stipend to collaborate across borders and intensively research a topic for a couple of months. Their work needs to be published in at least two outlets, with Clean Energy Wire also promoting the final output. Grants vary in size, depending on the scope of the research.

Who can enter pitches?

Journalists actively publishing in independent and professional media outlets. Both freelancers and staff journalists are eligible. We ask journalists to upload a letter of intent from an editor at a media outlet. This may enhance your chances for selection but it is not a requirement.

Previous stories

Previous grant winners reported on soil carbon credits, dug deep into the politics behind deep-sea mining, looked at Shell’s non-credible data on their reduction of methane emissions, highlighted just transition stories of women in the coal belts of India and Germany, explained how solar energy improved rural health in East Africa during the pandemic, and much more.

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