Canadian journalists can apply for the 2021-2022 fellowship until Dec. 1.

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Applications for the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship are now open.

One fellowship spot will be awarded to a mid-career Canadian journalist to study at Harvard University for the academic year from September to June.  

Fellows will be able to enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses and participate in journalism-oriented seminars, workshops and conferences.

Nieman fellowships provide U.S. and international mid-career journalists an opportunity “to step back from deadlines, renew their intellectual curiosity and enrich their understanding of the topics they cover.”  

Last year’s fellowship was awarded to Karyn Pugliese, formerly the executive director of news and current affairs at APTN and president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. She is currently as associate professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

The fellowship covers the cost of attending Harvard University and a stipend for living expenses.

There are no educational prerequisites for a Nieman Fellowship. Fellows do not receive course credits or a degree for their coursework.

To qualify for the fellowship, an applicant must: 

  • be a working journalist.
  • be fluent in English.
  • have at least five years of full-time or freelance professional experience in journalism, and not have participated in a fellowship during the last two years prior to applying.
  • be a Canadian citizen.

Interested candidates must complete an online application form and submit two essays, a professional profile and study plan, work samples and three letters of recommendation.

Examples of professional profiles and study plans can be found on the Nieman Foundation’s website.

The fellowship is funded by the Martin Wise Goodman Trust to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism in memory of Martin Wise, the late president of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.


To apply for the fellowship by the Dec. 1 deadline, visit the Nieman Foundation application portal. More details can be found on the Canadian Nieman website.