Journalism Fellowships

The William Southam Journalism Fellowships have been in existence at the University of Toronto since 1962 and they are an integral part of Massey College. For over fifty years, the fellowships have brought over 250 talented Canadian and International Journalists to the College. Successful applicants are invited to spend a year at Massey College, and are able to audit any course at the University of Toronto. The Fellowships work at profoundly broadening the horizons of journalists and strengthening the Canadian Media landscape. Applications open in January of every year.

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 journalists 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 of 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.

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