Applications for the 2015-2016 Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship are now closed. The deadline to submit an application was Friday, June 26, 2015.
If you have questions about the status of your 2015-2016 application, please contact CJFE's Communications and Programs Assistant Taryn Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship will be awarded annually to aid projects that contribute to the protection and analysis of free expression issues in Canada. CJFE welcomes applications from recipients conducting academic research, investigative or enterprise journalism, or some other project that will enhance transparency and accountability in Canada.
Applications must demonstrate a clear link to a free expression issue in Canada and make a solid contribution to advancing this issue.
Fellowship duration: The Fellowship may be undertaken as a full-time project completed over a short time period, or as a supplementary endeavor over a longer time period alongside the recipient’s present employment or studies. The 2015-2016 Fellowship will begin in September 2015 and may last for no more than one year. However, it may be completed at any time during those 12 months. CJFE and the recipient will agree on a monitor to oversee the progress of the project.
Fellowship grant: The successful applicant will receive a grant of up to $7,000. Payment of the total award will be evenly divided over three payments while the project is being completed.
Eligible applicants: All Canadian residents are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. The recipient must be present in Canada for the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants may be an individual, a team of persons, or an organization. If the applicant plans to involve others in this project, they must be identified on the application form.
Publication rights: The successful applicant will grant to CJFE a non-exclusive and non-transferable first license to produce and publish the work, and CJFE may retain any proceeds it receives from such publication without payment of any royalty. CJFE will acknowledge in any publication the authorship as noted in the project. The recipient will be expected to join CJFE in presenting the project’s findings and other public relation events.
The application asks for the following categories of information:
The first recipient of the Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship is Erin Millar of Discourse Media, a Vancouver-based journalism organization that will work to break down barriers between reporters and Aboriginal communities missing from mainline journalism.
The Fellowship will support the development and implementation of a network that brings together journalists and Aboriginal communities in western Canada through web and mobile platforms. The network will also be piloted by Nancy Macdonald, an associate editor at Maclean’s magazine, and contribute to her ongoing investigation into systemic discrimination against Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Erin Millar and Discourse Media practice innovative journalism about the complex challenges facing society. In 2015, DM was a finalist for Best Data Journalism Website of the Year, awarded by the Global Editors Network for its project Moving Forward. Erin also won Ashoka Canada's first-ever "solutions journalism" fellowship (with DM co-founder Christine McLaren) and was named an AMEX Emerging Social Innovator for her work with DM. She previously spent a decade as a freelancer for leading Canadian and international publications including Reader’s Digest, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The Times of London and others. She has reported from three continents and her work has been translated into 20 languages.
Read the full press release.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has established this annual Fellowship to honour the work of Bob Carty, who for almost three decades was a tireless advocate in making Canada a more transparent society. After Bob’s passing in September 2014, CJFE's Board of Directors voted unanimously to create this Fellowship in his name.
Bob Carty was one of Canada’s leading broadcast journalists. A multiple award-winning journalist, an activist, and veteran CJFE Board member, he was a tireless defender of free expression and press freedom for all Canadians. Bob was 64 when he passed away from cancer in September 2014.
“Bob was an inspiration, a mentor and a visionary to many journalists and human rights activists across the country. Few Canadians have given so much to the cause of free expression and press freedom as Bob did,” said Arnold Amber, CJFE Board of Directors member and very close friend of Bob.
Please see Bob’s biography, which details his many achievements.