The Migration Media Award recognizes and rewards 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 to produce a new original, longer, or more detailed, more researched content covering other aspects of migration or the issue initially dealt with. This results in up to 36 further journalistic pieces of work. 

The selection is made among eligible entries that have already been published and need to be submitted together with a 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 production proposed, within the limits described in the Eligibility & Application section, and submitted to the approval of the European Commission – Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. 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. Ultimately, funding will be approved by Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Copyright of all 36 winning entries, and after a three-month production period, of the 36 new original award-funded contents, will be shared with the European Union.