Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship which will provide major funding to a journalist each year who wants to pursue a major story overseas. 

It's a unique opportunity for any Canadian journalist or graduate student who wants to pursue a significant foreign story and needs the money to do it.

The R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship  was created by friends and colleagues of the late Jim Travers to honour his interests in global issues and foreign news coverage. Travers was a national columnist for the Toronto Star when he died in March of this year. Before that he served as the general manager of Southam News, editor of the Ottawa Citizen and executive managing editor of the Toronto Star. He also worked as the Southam News correspondent in Africa and the Middle East during the 1980s, covering major stories from apartheid in South Africa and the Ethiopian famine to the conflict in Lebanon and the Iran-Iraq war.  

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The fellowship in his name will finance a significant foreign reporting project by a Canadian journalist – a staffer, a freelancer or a graduate student – working in any medium. The fellowship will annually provide $25,000 to cover travel, reporting and research expenses for a journalist, with the first award to be made in the spring of 2012. 

The application package can be downloaded at the fellowship web page.