The Kiki

HIV Reporting Scholarship

NLGJA supports the CDC's campaign "Start Talking. Stop HIV."

The Kiki is co-sponsored by the Knight Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation; and administered by the nonprofit NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.


What It Is

The Kiki is named after Curtis “Kiki” Mason, a brash columnist for POZ Magazine who helped pioneer HIV cancer trials. Kiki died of AIDS in 1996.

The Kiki has been established to encourage professional and community journalists to focus reporting on areas and issues of the current HIV epidemic that are heavily impacting on vulnerable communities, and/or represent under-reported issues that deserve greater media attention. By doing so, the Fund hopes to encourage greater media and public awareness of the changing face of the HIV epidemic.

A single US $5000 will be awarded to one project.

The Kiki aims to support community and professional journalists who may otherwise have difficulty getting advance funds to undertake research and reporting on a subject or area of the American HIV crisis, given the limited budgets available to journalists in today’s media landscape.

The Kiki is sponsored by and will be administered annually by The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA).


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are ideally working and experienced journalists with established records of publication, dissemination or broadcast in local, regional or national markets, or among the targeted audiences, including HIV/AIDS publications and media outlets.

Applicants who are not professional writers, journalists, filmmakers or other types of media makers, or have limited records of publication must demonstrate they have some equivalent or compelling experience and ability to accomplish the project.


Selection Committee

The scholarship committee is composed of a diverse group established professional and community journalists, including representatives living with HIV, who bring a wealth of editorial experience to their role in evaluating candidate proposals.


Significant Dates

Application Deadline: December 7, 2017 (11:59 EST)

Short List Finalists Notified: After December 27, 2017

Selected Finalist Announced: January 12, 2018

Project Start Date: January 15, 2018


How To Submit

Full criteria and application details are contained in the Call for Project Applications document.


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