Fellowship in Global Journalism, University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Canada

Publish Date: Dec 13, 2015

Deadline: Feb 19, 2016

Applications for our next cohort (Sept 6, 2016 – April 28, 2017) open October 28, 2015 and close February 19, 2016.

Admission Requirements

We are recruiting only 20 Fellows from around the world—and we’re seeking something different than conventional journalism programs:

  • Specialization
  • The relevant graduate degree, professional degree or work experience to report knowledgably on any specialty. If in doubt, please send us your application anyway.
  • Prior experience as a journalist is NOT necessary, but some specific qualities are: Read Qualifications to understand the kind of personality we’re seeking.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.

Application Procedure and Materials

Once you have read Qualifications, and have decided to apply for this program, please follow the following three steps carefully.

1. Because of the limited number of spots available, please e-mail us before you begin your application to tell us you will be applying. Please send that e-mail to munk.journalism@utoronto.ca, under the subject line: “lastname, firstinitial prepping application”. (e.g. Smith, J prepping application)

2. Please complete all of the following materials and submit all of it as attachments or links, by e-mail, to munk.journalism@utoronto.ca. Please use the subject line “lastname, firstinitial application”. (If you are sending materials in more than one e-mail, please indicate the order using the following format in your subject-line, eg: “lastname, firstinitial application 1/2”; “lastname, firstinitial application 2/2”). Please name all files with your last name, first inital and the subject. (e.g. Smith_J_resume.pdf, Smith_J_transcripts.pdf, etc.)

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Academic Transcripts and/or Professional Designation. (PDF scan)
    Official transcripts of your academic record from each university attended and/or an official record of your professional designation are required for admission. Please either scan or take a screen shot of your transcripts and/or designations, and attach them to the application. Applicants who attended universities outside North America must provide notarized English translations to accompany all documentation not written in English.
  • Two Story Proposals
    Please identify two important stories in your field that have not received enough media coverage. Pitch each of those stories in a separate 200-word proposal, indicating why the story is important and some evidence for the story you are proposing.
  • One Fully-Reported Story, with visual treatment
    Please report one of the stories, in written form. Please do not write an opinion-piece; we’d like to see a clear story that is well researched and reported, and that includes information obtained through on-the-record interviews with sources. 800-1000 words. (Stories that exceed this length will not be read.) In addition to the article, please include a brief written description of how you would treat this story in video / broadcast form. Specifically: what characters, what imagery and what narrative arc would best deliver this story to a viewer.
  • Additional Communications Examples
    Please provide up to three other examples of your past writing or communications products in any format, including: blogs, articles, papers, video or audio. If you tweet, please tell us your handle.
  • Personal Essay
    Why are you interested in this program, and what path—through your life and career—has brought you to the point where you wish to apply for it? (500 words)
  • Video Statement
    Please record a maximum 60 second video of yourself explaining the path you hope your career will take after completing this program. Please post this at an on-line video-service like YouTube and include the link in your e-mail to us.
  • Statement of Integrity
    Please print, sign, date and scan the following statement:
    “I hereby certify that the information presented in my application is accurate, complete and honestly presented. I authorize the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs to verify any aspect of my application and/or my credentials for admission. I understand and agree that any inaccurate information, misleading information, or omission will be cause for the rescission of any offer of admission, or for discipline or dismissal if discovered at a later date. This application is my own, honest statement to the Selection Committee for The Fellowship in Global Journalism.”

3. Three letters of recommendation are required, from referees who are familiar with your academic and/or professional work.

  • Please have your referees e-mail their letters directly to us at munk.journalism@utoronto.ca, using the subject line “candidate’s lastname, candidate’s first initial—reference”.
  • Your referees should attest to your knowledge of your subject matter and their experience of the personal qualities we expect in a Fellow (Please see Qualifications)

The Fellowship

The Fellowship in Global Journalism will cost roughly $26,000 per student to deliver. But the Fellowship will pay $10,000 of that cost for every student admitted to the program. Fellows thus pay tuition of only $16,000 for their eight-month program. Fellows continue to receive free coaching for two years after the program, through monthly on-line bureau meetings.

Financially, this journalism program differs from conventional Master of Journalism programs in five key ways:

  • Fellows can continue working in their field, throughout the program. We’ll help you balance the pace of your news reporting with the pace of your professional or academic work to meet your own goals and needs – and to manage any potential conflicts.
  • After our full time, six week boot-camp), we schedule our journalism classes so that you can spend the bulk of each day working and reporting.
  • You don’t need to move here. Fellows who are not based in Toronto can return home after the six week boot-camp. We teach journalism both on-site and through our distance education platforms.
  • We can support admitted Fellows with their applications for grants and funding from organizations in their field.
  • And because we want to encourage a balance of foreign and Canadian students in the program, both pay the same tuition fee.

Financing Your Costs

  • Fellows who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants may be eligible for student lines of credit from major Canadian banks.
  • Fellows who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants may be eligible for the same lines of credit if their loans are co-signed by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant; or they may be eligible for financial support and loans from their home country.
  • Because this is a certificate program, Fellows are not eligible for financial aid from the University of Toronto or the Government of Ontario.

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