Fellowship for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism

Fellowship for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism

The selection process is chaired by the CAJ, to ensure the highest journalistic standards are upheld.

The Fellowship is administered by APTN, and is funded by APTN.

 Fellowship Guidelines

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

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

Legal support, editing and a shooter will be provided by APTN.

The goal is to have the recipient produce a 22-minute original investigative documentary that will air on APTN Investigates.

Samples of APTN Investigates can be found here:

Proposals must demonstrate an original idea, either a previously unexamined issue or a story line that shines new light on a topic that involves or impacts First Nation, Metis or Inuit peoples.

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

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

Successful applicants are expected to relocate to Winnipeg, Man., for their 12-week placement and focus exclusively on their fellowship project during the period outlined in their proposals.

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 in order 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.

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 aboriginal issues.

Only applicants shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Application Instructions


To become a Fellow for Aboriginal 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, Métis or Inuit, and have a deep knowledge of aboriginal issues.


How to Apply

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2017. Applicants to the Fellowship 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 clearly demonstrates the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship.

Work samples:

Up to three work samples in any medium which demonstrate 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 letters of reference 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 or French. Total attachment size should not exceed 10 megabytes per email.

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

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2017.

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