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About the Magazines Canada Fellowships

We seek to develop the next generation of professionals working in Canadian magazine media to inform, engage and inspire readers around the globe. Magazines Canada presents a series of fellowships to Canadian journalists, students and recent graduates working on stories that explore in depth the issues that are most important to Canadians. The Fellowships program seeks to deepen the conversation on issues that drive our country forward and present these issues in any and all platforms including print, digital and new media. Because the issues that shape our country are ever-evolving, fellowship topics will change each year, and may range from socio-economic matters, to the economy, to lifestyle and beyond. Applicants may use a variety of storytelling tools to apply for a fellowship, including but not limited to text, illustration, photography, video or audio/podcasts, singly or in combination.

What do Magazines Canada Fellows Do?

Magazines Canada Fellowships are paid positions at host Canadian magazines. The duration of each fellowship is flexible and will be agreed to by the Fellow and the host magazine. Fellows are embedded at a host magazine based on their interests and the needs of the magazine. They will work with a lead mentor at the host magazine, as well as several senior staff members. Fellows gain valuable experience working in various areas including but not limited to editorial, art direction, circulation, marketing, branding and audience engagement, publishing and information technology. They also broaden their professional network and forge lifelong contacts that will help them throughout their careers.

Customized fellowships agreed to by the Fellow and the host magazine are possible in order to respond to special circumstances including but not limited to: disability, child care, elder care or travel restrictions.

A Fellow’s stipend is covered by the Magazines Canada Fellowship program and includes a contribution from the host magazine.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Magazines Canada Fellowships are open to Canadian journalists, landed immigrants, students and recent graduates, as well as international students studying in Canada. To be eligible as an applicant, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or landed immigrant.

Note: Individuals who have been employed on staff at a Canadian magazine(s) for three (3) years or longer are not eligible.

If you are a student or recent graduate, you must be:

  • A full-time student in good standing at a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • A recent graduate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. For the 2018 Magazines Canada Fellowships, recent graduates who graduated from their program in the academic years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 are eligible.
  • If you are an international student studying in Canada, you must be qualified to work in Canada.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2018 to be eligible for the 2018 Magazines Canada Fellowships.

Required Application Materials

  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date, if applicable).
  • A description of your career goals. This must include a section that lists and discusses three (3) Canadian magazines you would like to work for, and why, and what qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the organization. This should be no fewer than 200 words and no more than 1000 words in length.
  • A statement of intent that explains what subject area(s) relevant to Canada and the current Canadian experience you want to cover and using which storytelling tools e.g. text, illustration, photography, video or audio/podcasts, singly or in combination. This should be no fewer than 200 words and no more than 1000 words in length.
  • A portfolio of your work:
    • For written work, please include three (3) writing samples. Each sample should be no more than 3000 words in length. Writing samples may have been previously published in a recognized magazine media brand on any platform.
    • For illustration or photography, please include five (5) examples of clips, photos and/or interactive graphics via links to a website of your photos, clips and multimedia work. Illustrations and photographs may have been previously published in a recognized magazine media brand on any platform.
    • For video or audio/podcasts, please include five (5) examples of your video and/or audio work via links to a website of your video and/or audio work. Video or audio work may have been previously published in a recognized magazine media brand on any platform.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from an employer or teacher.

How to Apply

Click on “Submit Your Entry” and follow the prompts to upload your application. All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously.

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The Inaugural Magazines Canada Fellow

Sponsored by Reader’s Digest

We are delighted to announce that the first annual Magazines Canada Fellow is Laura Stewart.

Laura Stewart studies journalism at Mount Royal University and steers most of her reporting assignments toward environment and climate change. She is known for her ambitious coverage of complex issues such as Alberta’s new carbon tax, electrical market reforms and Calgary’s flood protection challenges under an uncertain climate future.

Raised in the rural parkland region in southeast Saskatchewan, where her parents experimented with alternate energy and off-grid living, Laura had a keen early awareness of edge places in both nature and society. Since then she has studied farmers’ adoption of organic practices, contributed to third-party environmental reviews of oilfield projects and volunteered in prairie conservation organizations. Seeing a wide gap between scientific and everyday conversations on the environment, she returned to university to explore better ways to communicate across this divide.

Judges’ Citation

The judges were impressed by Laura’s strong voice, her clear point of view and strong inclination for narrative. She brings to magazine writing a solid scientific background coupled with an urgent desire to tell new Canadian stories.

The host magazine for the inaugural Fellowship is Briarpatch.