Journalism Fellowships

Massey College is pleased to host a number of Journalism Fellowships for Canadian and International Journalists.
Please see below for information and application instructions for each.

William Southam Journalism Fellowships

Southam Journalism Fellows are outstanding Canadian 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.

Fellows are selected by a committee appointed by the President of the University and the Head of College of Massey College. They are chosen for professional competence and future potential as effective and responsible journalists.

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 Head of College, 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.

The McLaughlin Centre Fellowship for Science Journalists

The McLaughlin Centre Fellowship is funded by the McLaughlin Centre and is open to experienced journalists who have worked in the fields of science, medicine and/or health for at least five years. Run in tandem with the Southam Fellowships, the same conditions apply while stated interest in the McLaughlin Centre Fellowship may be made in the required ‘statement of intent’.


Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young journalists, age 40 and under, the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations.

Canadian applications will open on January 15, 2018, and are due on March 1, 2018.


The Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship offers a mid-career journalist from a Latin American country the opportunity to spend an academic year at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

Applications for the 2019/2020 fellowship will open in January 2019. Please click through to the CJFE Website for application criteria and admmissions information.


The Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in the University of Toronto is an annual opportunity for a journalist from one of JHR’s program countries to participate in the William Southam Journalism Fellowship. This fellowship is open to journalists from the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa with at least 8 years’ experience working in media. The successful applicant must also be a full-time news or editorial employee at a newspaper, radio station, television station, magazine or news service. Freelance journalists who have been working consistently in the media over an eight-year period will also be considered.

Applications for the 2018 / 2019 fellowship will open on January 15, 2018 – and close on February 15, 2018. Please

Please click through to the JHR Website to download the application information pack and application form.

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 more information please contact:

Emily Mockler

Programs and Events Coordinator, Massey College