The fellowship commemorates the career and ideals of Jim Travers, reporter, foreign correspondent, general manager for Southam News, editor of The Ottawa Citizen, executive managing editor of The Toronto Star and national columnist for the Star at the time of his death on March 3, 2011.
Friends and colleagues of Jim Travers have established a fellowship fund to finance significant foreign reporting projects by Canadian journalists — staffers, freelancers or students — working in any medium. The Travers family enthusiastically supports the Fellowship and is actively involved in its development.
The scholarship is tenable at Carleton University, Canada
Value of Scholarship: $25,000/annum
Deadline: Nov 15
Canadians and non-Canadians holding valid work permits who are working as freelance or full-time journalists in any medium are eligible. Students enrolled in graduate-level journalism or equivalent programs are also encouraged to apply.
Please direct any inquiries about the Fellowship Award to Chris Waddell, the Director of the School of Journalism and Communication
How to Apply
Applicants should compile a package in English or French that includes:
- A tightly-focused story pitch of no more than 1,000 words demonstrating command of and insight into the proposed subject area, and touching upon its relevance to a Canadian audience and potential impact on public policy. The proposal should address a single topic but the applicant can select that topic from a wide range of global issues. Applicants should clearly indicate any current or potential institutional partners associated with the proposal. They should also indicate which medium(s) they intend to work within.
- A one page reporting plan outlining how the work will be researched, produced and published within the calendar year
- A letter from a credible Canadian media outlet expressing interest in publishing or broadcasting the finished project in English or French.
- A detailed budget indicating how the award will be used. Applicants proposing to go to dangerous areas are expected to budget for comprehensive health and accident insurance (Reporters Without Borders is one organization that offers such insurance.)
- For journalists who will need to negotiate some leave without pay from their employer to complete the project, no more than one-third of the proposed budget may be used to cover regular salary foregone during the fellowship period (applicants may be asked to provide proof of lost income in the form of a letter from a supervisor). Journalists employed by a media organization are encouraged to seek some support from their organization so that as much of the fellowship money as possible may be devoted to travel and other expenses directly related to the mandate of the fellowship.
- Up to 5 clips or writing samples. Radio, television, and digital media applicants may submit clips in their respective medium
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of reference: Applicants are encouraged to include up to three professional letters of reference from a supervising editor familiar with their work. Students must also include a letter of reference from a faculty member speaking to their capacity and preparedness to successfully undertake the project.
You can down the application form here