travel grants

Our media travel grants programme offers New Zealand journalists the chance to travel independently to Asia to research and prepare stories – to help demystify Asia for New Zealand audiences.

About our travel grants

Media travel grants are awarded on a competitive basis to journalists who have a clear plan of the stories they want to cover.

Applications that provide information about proposed features and interviewees, outlets for the stories, supporting letters from relevant editors/producers, costs and itineraries have a greater chance of acceptance.

Journalist Isobel Ewing in a street in Bangalore with a tuktuk beside her

Application deadlines

The media travel grant deadlines for 2020 are: 

  • Monday 25 May
  • Monday 6 July
  • Monday 12 October.
In light of the current travel restrictions in relation to COVID-19 and New Zealand being in COVID alert level 4, we have postponed the next deadline for media travel grants to Monday 25 May. This page will be further updated when we are able to, taking into account the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
The Foundation may, at its discretion, consider applications for media projects that are time-dependent and need to take place before April 2020. Please email Graeme Acton for more information: [email protected]

What types of proposals are we looking for

Proposals that are likely to receive funding

The Foundation will consider proposals that seek to increase New Zealanders' understanding of the Asia region, and proposals that promote themes of economic, political, social or strategic change in Asia - and the implications of these changes for New Zealand.

Proposals that are unlikely to succeed

Proposals that are unlikely to succeed include:

  • Proposals in which journalism is not the core reason for travel. The Foundation is unlikely to approve grant applications from people who are travelling to Asia for another reason (e.g. family holidays, competing in a sports event) and plan to write stories for publication on the side.
  • Applications with a purely travel focus (e.g. a cycling tour of Japan) are unlikely to be successful.
  • Single-story proposals are unlikely to succeed, as are single-person interviews that could be conducted by telephone.
  • Applications from journalists based offshore are less likely to succeed. New Zealand-based journalists will have preference.

Note for television crews: the Foundation is unable to support travel by more than two people on the same project.


Who can apply

Applicants must be:

  • either working as journalists for New Zealand news organisations or as freelance journalists
  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

 Preference will be given to candidates who:

  •  are interested in deepening their knowledge of Asia
  • have a proven track record in journalism
  • are currently based in New Zealand
  • can provide a stimulating, well-researched and focused proposal outlining story ideas
  • can demonstrate that their material is likely to reach a substantial audience.

Journalists working for news organisations should provide a letter of support from their employer. Freelancers should provide correspondence showing that one or more news organisation(s) will publish/broadcast work resulting from the proposed project.

What costs are covered by the travel grants?

The grant can be used to cover most work-related costs, including return economy airfares, insurance, per diem allowances and visa and airport taxes.

  • The Foundation may not be able to fund the full amount of some projects.
  • The Foundation funds visits to Asia of up to three weeks’ duration.

 The Asia New Zealand Foundation does not make travel arrangements for media travel grant recipients and cannot sponsor visas. It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate visas for your travel.

Discretionary grants

The Asia New Zealand Foundation may accept grant applications outside of the above deadlines in certain circumstances.  Please email Graeme Acton before you submit a discretionary application to check whether the Foundation can accept your application.

These grants can be used for projects that are time-dependent; for example, if you wish to cover a specific event such as a trade mission. They can also be used for professional development - such as self-arranged work placements and exchanges with Asian media organisations, or to host international speakers/media seminars.

How to apply

To apply for a Media Travel Grant, please fill in our online application form.


Selection process

Applications are awarded on a competitive basis. They are assessed by a panel that includes external representatives with newsroom experience.

Please note that it takes about three weeks for the Foundation to advise applicants of the outcome. 


It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate visas for your travel. Before submitting your grant application, you should check the visa requirements for the country or countries you intend to travel to. You will need to factor in visa processing time into your planning.


Please email Graeme Acton for more information: [email protected]