To Apply:
Send a 3-page letter of intent
and your curriculum vitae to:
Deadline for Submissions is February 11, 2015

As the recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Michelle Shephard, national security reporter for the Toronto Star, will explore the effectiveness of Canadian public policy as it relates to national security. View her acceptance speech at the 2015 CJF Awards.

Since 1988, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy has been awarded to a leading Canadian journalist. Fellows are supported for a period of one year--from September 1 to August 31--to investigate a current policy issue and write a series of articles for publication in the Toronto Star. During this period, the Fellow works exclusively on his or her project and receives a stipend of $75,000 and up to $25,000 for research expenses.

The award is jointly sponsored by The Atkinson Charitable Foundation, the Toronto Star and The Honderich Family.


Atkinson Fellows in Public Policy are:
- Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
- Full-time practicing print, broadcast or online journalists
- Seasoned professionals who have achieved distinction in reporting on public policy issues.

How to apply

Please provide your curriculum vitae and summarize your story, its importance to Canadian society, and related articles in a three-page letter of intent. In your letter, you should demonstrate considerable familiarity with their chosen topic. You should also articulate the specific policy questions you want to pursue. Letters may be submitted in either English or French.

The Selection Committee is open to research ideas on a wide range of topics. Preference will be given to issues that are at the forefront of public policy debate and have significant implications for Canadian society. The Fellowship will not be awarded to projects in history, anthropology, literature or folklore.

You are encouraged to reflect on the Foundation’s mission: to promote social and economic justice. The Selection Committee uses it as the bases for its deliberations.

All submissions will be reviewed. Finalists will be invited to present full proposals for which they will receive a honourarium.

The deadline for the 2015-2016 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy is February 11, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (EST). Your letter of intent should be submitted  by e-mail to

For more information about the award, including past recipients and how to apply, please visit: