VII Foundation & VII Academy Workshop Grant

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered for a VII Foundation and VII Academy grant to attend a VII workshop should complete the application at the bottom of this page. 

Available Scholarships

  • WORKSHOP: Photojournalism Survival Kit: July 19 - 21, 2019

    with Ron Haviv

    This short and intense, three-day workshop in Chang Mai, Thailand taught by Ron Haviv will explore the multifaceted approaches to photojournalism and help guide you on your own path. The workshop combines portfolio reviews, a daily assignment, editing sessions and lectures on how to survive as a photojournalist today.

    Requirements: None; open worldwide.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Foundry Photo Workshop: August 11-17, 2019

    Hosted by the VII Academy and PhotoWings

    From August 11-17, 2019, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop is bringing together students and professionals from across Africa. This year, experience the richness of Kigali, Rwanda, where students learn from some of the world's leading photojournalists, including VII's Ron Haviv, Daniel Schwartz and Nichole Sobecki. This workshop, hosted by our partner, the VII Academy, in partnership with PhotoWings, will inspire and educate another generation of talented Foundry students. 

    To apply for a scholarship to the Foundry workshop, please click here. (Do not apply using the form below).

    Scholarship Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Rising Fast: Africa’s Changing Urban Spaces: September 14 - 21, 2019

    with Danny Wilcox Frazier & Nichole Sobecki

    The 8-day Rising Fast workshop explores the changing realities of Nairobi, Kenya, one of the world’s fastest growing urban spaces. Contrary to reductive stereotypes of Africa, Kenya is riding a strong economy, a youth-driven cultural awakening and a dynamic tech scene coined the “Silicon Savannah.” Huge challenges remain however: widespread poverty, poor infrastructure, human rights abuses and political tumult. Does the “Africa Rising” narrative holds up, and how are people’s lives being impacted on the ground?

    Please note this scholarship is for tuition and accommodation in Nairobi for the duration of the workshop.

    Requirements: To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: July 16, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Human Stories: Finding the Personal: October 1-6, 2019

    with Ed Kashi & Ilvy Njiokiktjien

    This 6-day workshop in Rotterdam will give you the opportunity to learn about visual storytelling of human stories. Telling personal stories and connecting with the human element is what draws many people into photography in the first place, but telling personal stories can be difficult. In this workshop, you will strengthen your personal vision and work on an ongoing or new project.

    Requirements: None; open worldwide.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 2, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Finding Your Visual Voice October 12 - 16, 2019

    with Sara Terry

    This 5-day workshop about the emotional and sub-conscious content of photos–about how to make photos that come from that place, and that help truly define your own voice as a photographer. It is NOT a workshop about making “good” photos. It’s about setting aside technical know-how–and the obstacles that often come with that–to access intuitive, reflective ways of working that will lead you to make photos that only you can make.

    Requirements: None; open worldwide.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 13, 2019
  • WORKSHOP: Australia: November 10 - 15, 2019

    with Ash Gilbertson and Gary Knight

    Join Gary Knight and Ashley Gilbertson in this 6-day workshop as they push you–kicking and screaming at times–beyond your comfort zone. They’ll guide you to capture more emotion in a narrative, to think anew about the image as a stand-alone image, and ideally, to rethink your approach to photography.

    Requirements: Eligible applicants must be citizens and residents from countries in Australasia, Micronesia, Melanesia or Polynesia.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: September 11, 2019

Important Information

  • All applicants must be 18 years old by the time of the workshop.
  • Scholarships are for tuition only (unless otherwise specified). Travel, accommodation, food and other expenses are not covered by the scholarships and are the responsibility of the workshop participant.

  • Certain scholarships are available to participants from specific countries, and others are to participants worldwide. Please refer to the list on this page to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
  • A Scholarship Board of the VII Academy will review all applications and determine recipients for scholarships based on workshop-specific criteria that will always include need and a commitment to visual journalism.

About the VII Foundation

The VII Foundation is an independent, charitable media and education non-profit organization. It was founded by Ron Haviv and Gary Knight in 2001 when they recognized that media funding for long term projects was diminishing. In order to continue to produce work that addressed complex social, economic and human rights issues they started the Foundation as an independent non-profit structure to secure support for continuing documentary practice and education.

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  • Anush Babajanyan
  • Zackary Canepari
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Linda Bournane Engelberth
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier
  • Ziyah Gafic
  • Ashley Gilbertson
  • Ron Haviv
  • Ed Kashi
  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Carlos Javier Ortiz
  • Ruddy Roye
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Tomas Van Houtryve


  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg
  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
  • Joachim Ladefoged
  • Paul Lowe
  • Christopher Morris
  • Seamus Murphy
  • Franco Pagetti
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Maggie Steber
  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
  • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

Mentor Program

  • Ali Arkady
  • Leonardo Carrato
  • Fabiola Ferrero
  • Hector Guerrero
  • Christopher Lee
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
  • Valentina Sinis
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
  • Mathias Svold