The Migration Media Award will recognise and reward the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region in all its aspects. The award consists of winning an EU-funded contract (from 500 Euros up to a maximum of 7000 euros) to produce a new original,  more detailed, more researched content covering a topic in relation to migration in the Euro-Mediterranean area. This will result in up to 36 further journalistic pieces of work.

The selection is based on submitted entries that have already been published/aired (with supporting evidence) together with a pitch/synopsis for a second original production to be financed under the award scheme. Proven capacity and documented intent to publish/air content is a key element for eligibility which is open to all journalists and media houses based on both sides of the Mediterranean. Funding varies in amount and will be adapted by the Award funding partners to the needs of the new production proposed, within the limits set out below and in the competition guidelines, and submitted to the approval of the European Commission's Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Selection of the 36 winning entries and pitches will be made through a three tier process: first an eligibility check, then content evaluation and scoring by media professionals and finally, selection and contracting of winners among the top scored entries by the Award Partners‘ Steering Committee.  Funding of the award will be provided and approved by DG NEAR. Copyright of all 36 winning entries, and of the 36 new original award-funded work, based on a three-month production period, will be shared with the European Commission.