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 aims to help Canadian journalists to become better informed about this dynamic part of the world in order to write and broadcast insightfully on Asia and the Canada-Asia relationship.

The Foundation will award up to three fellowships valued at up to $10,000 each. 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 2014-2015 linked to the Canada-Asia relationship are:

1. Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment

2. Human Rights and Development

3. Trade and Investment

4. Education

5. Politics and Security

The 2014-2015 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.

To view or download the 2014-2015 Media Fellowship poster, please click here

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 or new media 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 up-and-coming journalists. Recipients of Media Fellowship awards from APF Canada are not eligible to apply until three years after their previous award.

Application Procedures

Applications should include:

• A 1,000-1,500 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 (up to $10,000), including travel expenses, materials, and other basic expenses.

(NOTE: Total budget should include estimated costs of a Premium Economy Class ticket departing from either Vancouver or Toronto provided by Cathay Pacific Airways.  If applicant does not reside in either city, budget should account for 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).

Outcomes

Journalists will be expected to produce their completed articles and programs within a year upon receipt of the media fellowship. As part of the stop-over in Hong Kong, journalists will be encouraged to blog and tweet about their travel experiences with Cathay Pacific Airways and in Hong Kong. Recipients will be expected to forward the Foundation copies of completed articles and programs that result from their trip.

Recipients will also be expected to provide a short written report (700-1000 words) to provide feedback and 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 either at the Foundation’s Vancouver or Toronto office. 

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by the closing date of March 14, 2014.

Where to Apply

Applications and questions may be emailed to: communications@asiapacific.ca  or mailed to:
Media Fellowship Coordinator
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
220-890 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.