Media Fellowships

The Media Fellowship program of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, supported in part by Cathay Pacific Airways, offers up-and-coming and established journalists the opportunity to spend time in Asia, researching and preparing stories. The program seeks to help Canadian journalists provide more insightful reportage and analysis on Asia and the Canada-Asia relationship while connecting journalists working on this dynamic part of the world.

The Foundation will award up to three fellowships, each valued at approximately $10,000 - $7,000 for in-country travel and expenses, and coverage of trans-Pacific travel with the support of Cathay Pacific Airways. The Media Fellowships are a component of the Foundation’s Research Grants Program, funded through the proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada. All grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

The fellowship accepts creative proposals that examine important and emerging stories on issues impacting Asia and relevant to Canada. The broad themes for 2015-2016 linked to the Canada-Asia relationship are:

1. Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment

2. Innovation

3. Trade and Investment

4. Building Asia Competency and Skills

5. Nontraditional Security Threats

The 2015-2016 APF Canada Media Fellows will receive a two-night stopover in Hong Kong courtesy of Hong Kong’s award-winning airline, Cathay Pacific Airways.  Successful applicants will receive up to two nights hotel accommodation in Hong Kong and fly Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy Class departing from either Vancouver or Toronto to Hong Kong and one onward destination in Asia or Mainland China, operated by Cathay Pacific or sister airline, Dragonair.

Eligibility

The Media Fellowship program is open to any journalist who is a citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, employed by a Canadian magazine, newspaper, news service, business publication, radio, television station, new media or multimedia outlet as a reporter, feature writer, columnist or as a freelancer. Applicants must have at least three years of experience in their field and have an established history of publication in Canadian news media. Previous recipients have ranged from veteran reporters to promising journalists. Recipients of Media Fellowship awards from APF Canada are not eligible to apply until three years after their previous award.

Expected Deliverables

  • A minimum of three stories with one intended for the digital medium (proposals that are targeted to a 18-45 demographic are particularly encouraged);
  • Implementation of a social media strategy (including, but not limited to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) promoting your stories to a wider audience;
  • One podcast upon completion of the fellowship for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada website.

Application Procedures

Applications should include:

• A 750-word proposal. The proposal should demonstrate the motivation and rationale for choosing a topic of interest and why it is important to the intended audience. It should include a detailed outline of concrete steps for the assignment, including a plan of execution and dissemination highlighting  where the resulting articles/programs will be published or broadcast.

• A budget of up to $7,000, including materials and other basic expenses, but excluding trans-Pacific travel.

(NOTE:  If applicant does not reside in either of the Cathay Pacific departing cities (Toronto or Vancouver), budget can include travel to one of these departing Canadian cities.)

• A CV.

• Two examples of written or broadcast work. Where possible, please provide links to the examples of previous work. Alternatively, please include copies as a PDF format or as digital media files.

• A letter from their prospective editor/producer, stating a willingness, in principle, to run stories resulting from this trip, subject to normal editorial judgment.

Selection

Successful applicants will be selected by a jury formed by APF Canada. The key criteria are: significance of the topic, project feasibility, potential impact and personal qualifications. The judges’ decision will be final.

Reporting Requirements

Financial

Seventy-five per cent of the Fellowship will be awarded upon signing of the award agreement. Twenty-five per cent will be withheld until final reporting.  As per Revenue Canada requirements all Grant payments will be reported on a T4A at the end of each calendar year (refer to www.cra-arc.gc.ca IT340R and IT75R4 for additional information).

Post-Fellowship Wrap-up

Journalists will be expected to produce their completed articles and programs within a year upon receipt of the media fellowship. Recipients will be expected to forward to the Foundation copies of completed articles and programs that result from their trip.

Recipients will be invited to record a short testimonial reflecting on the opportunities provided by the fellowship program.

Recipients will also be expected to provide a short written report (700-1,000 words) to provide feedback on their trip and help refine the Foundation’s media fellowship program.  Recipients will be invited by the Foundation to do a presentation to share their insights and findings during their trip to Asia at either the Foundation’s Vancouver or Toronto office. 

Application Deadline

Applications must be received or postmarked on March 13, 2015.

Where to Apply

Applications and questions may be emailed to: erin.williams@asiapacific.ca  or mailed to:
Grants Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
600-890 West Pender St.
Vancouver, B.C.
V6C 1J9

Applications are accepted in English and French.

*The Foundation reserves the right to cite the results of research funded under the grants program, and grant recipients may be called upon for media and outreach activities coordinated by the Foundation.