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Journalism Fellows

Applications for the 2016 fellowship are now closed. Please check back in January 2017 for application information.

For 2016 – 2017 William Southam Journalism Fellows, click here.

William Southam Journalism Fellowships for Canadian Journalists
Applications for all Canadian Journalism Fellowships are now open. (This includes the newly announced McLaughlin Centre Journalism Fellowship for science, medicine and health journalists.) The deadline for applying is March 1.

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Southam Journalism Fellows are outstanding Canadian and international journalists in mid-career who are selected to spend a year at the College. The objective of the fellowship program is to encourage improvement in journalism by offering to qualified men and women an opportunity to broaden their horizons by studying in a university setting.

Three or more fellowships for Canadian journalists are awarded annually, tenable for one academic year, September to May, at the University of Toronto. Fellows are selected by a committee appointed by the President of the University and the Master of Massey College. They are chosen for professional competence and future potential as effective and responsible journalists.

Applicants must have at least five years’ experience and be full-time news or editorial employees with Canadian newspapers, news services, radio, television, or magazines. Freelance journalists who have been working consistently in the media over a five-year period will also be considered.

Fellows are free to enroll in any graduate or undergraduate courses and use the full facilities of the University. There are no educational prerequisites for a Fellowship; Fellows do not receive credits or degrees for work done during the year.

The program typically combines general education with concentration in at least two courses; one academic course must be taken in full and all assignments completed.

In a parallel, extra-curricular program, the journalism Fellows meet regularly in informal seminars to discuss contemporary issues with personalities from a wide variety of professions.

To obtain the maximum benefit from the program, the applicants agree to refrain from professional work, including writing and broadcasting, during the period of the Fellowship. Personal holidays or travel is restricted to University holiday periods. Those selected are appointed Fellows-at-Large at the University of Toronto, with all the privileges of a Senior Resident at Massey College, the graduate college within the University.

The Fellowships underwrite: (1) for the eight-month university year, eight months of the Fellow’s regular gross annual salary at time of selection, but limited to $4,900 per month, a rate equivalent to $58,800 gross a year. The first monthly instalment will commence with an end-September payment and conclude with the end-April payment; (2) all university fees; (3) travel expenses up to the cost of economy air fare to and from Toronto for the Fellow and family; and (4) travel expenses for organized trips during the program.

Click here for 2016 application instructions.

In association with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Journalists for Human Rights and the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Massey College and the University of Toronto are grateful for the generosity of the Alva Foundation, the estate of the late St. Clair Balfour, Lisa Balfour Bowen and Walter Bowen, Clair Balfour and Marci McDonald, Wilson J.H. Southam, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, CBC/Radio-Canada, Scotiabank, the McLaughlin Centre and for the generosity of past Journalism Fellows.

For 2015 – 2016 William Southam Journalism Fellows, click here: Journalism-Fellows-Poster-2015

For the members of the selection committee, click here.

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