Fellowship for Indigenous Investigative Journalism

The selection process is chaired by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), to ensure the highest journalistic standards are upheld. The fellowship is administered and funded by APTN.


Fellowship recipients will produce a 22-minute original investigative documentary providing information, analysis, and insight on an issue facing First Nation, Inuit or Métis Peoples in Canada.

The fellowship for Indigenous Investigative Journalism will provide a 12-week paid placement with the award-winning APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this coming spring.

Audio-visual support, editing, legal support and mentorship will be provided by APTN. The recipient will work under the guidance of an APTN Investigates producer and the executive producer during the fellowship.

The goal is to have the recipient produce an original investigative documentary that will air on APTN Investigates.

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Proposals must demonstrate an original idea, either a previously unexamined issue or a storyline that shines new light on a topic that involves or impacts First Nation, Inuit or Métis Peoples.

The Fellowship is open to reporters – both freelancers and staff reporters – with at least three years’ experience as a journalist.

Applicants must be Indigenous, permanent residents of Canada, or entitled to work in Canada.

Successful applicants are expected to relocate to Winnipeg, Manitoba, for their 12-week placement to focus exclusively on their fellowship.

The journalist and APTN will retain complete editorial control over the fellowship project.

Published work shall remain the intellectual property of APTN and the fellowship recipients. However, the CAJ will reserve the right to use and share completed projects with attribution to promote the fellowship program.

Fellowship alumni will be engaged to share observations about their experiences with Canadian audiences through activities such as events or seminars – for example, the CAJ’s annual conference.

Application Instructions


To become a Fellow for Indigenous Investigative Journalism, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Have at least three years experience as a freelance, part-time, or full-time journalist
  • Be First Nation, Inuit or Métis, and have a deep knowledge of Indigenous issues.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 30, 2018. Applicants to the fellowship must provide a package, in English, which outlines their proposed reporting project, including:

Reporting plan:

The reporting plan includes the story pitch and outlines how the research will be conducted. In no more than 750 words, applicants should describe:

  • The proposed topic and angle;
  • The potential impact of the story and why it is an important story to share with Canadians;
  • How the research would be conducted, including a timeline – any travel plans for shooting should not exceed more than five days;
  • Any innovative digital media techniques, such as an interactive or multimedia component, will be considered an asset; and,
  • Why the applicant is best-qualified to undertake this project. 


A resume of no more than two pages, which demonstrates the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship.

Work samples:

Up to three (3) work samples in any medium demonstrating the applicant’s suitability for the Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants with previous broadcast experience. Applicants can provide web links to any broadcast pieces, and/or provide print work in PDF format.

Letters of reference:

Up to three (3) reference letters, recommending the applicant for the Fellowship. Letters from individuals who have supervised the applicant in a journalistic capacity are preferred.

Applications are accepted by email only. All materials should be provided in PDF format, in English. Total attachment size should not exceed 10 megabytes per email.

Selection Process

An independent jury, chaired by the CAJ, will evaluate the applications. Committee members include individuals such as senior journalists with an extensive background in reporting on Indigenous issues.

Only applicants shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Please email your package to [email protected] with “Application: Fellowship for Indigenous Investigative Reporting” as the subject line.