Opening January 2018

As the recipient of the 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Tanya Talaga, reporter with the Toronto Star, will explore the alarming rates of youth suicide in Indigenous communities across Canada. View her acceptance speech.

2017-2018 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy

Since 1988, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy is 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 Atkinson Foundation, the Honderich Family and Toronto Star are joint sponsors of this award.
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:
1. Register to access our simplified online application portal. New this year, we are accepting all submissions online. Please register to access the portal before the end of day, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Click here to register.
2. Upload your Letter of Intent by Monday, February 6, 2017. Once you are registered, you can submit your letter online. In no more than three pages, please provide your curriculum vitae and a summary of your story. The summary should:
  • Outline the story’s importance to Canadian society
  • Demonstrate your considerable familiarity with your chosen topic
  • Articulate the specific policy questions you want to pursue
Selection Process and Considerations:
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 Atkinson Foundation’s mission: to promote social and economic justice. The Selection Committee uses it as the basis for its deliberations.
All submissions will be reviewed. Before the end of February, finalists will be invited to submit full proposals for which they will receive an honorarium.
We are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy through our simplified online application system starting December 1, 2016 until February 6, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Jenn Miller at
2016 Catherine Wallace
2015 Michelle Shephard
2014 Gillian Steward
2013 Peter Goodspeed
2012 Michael Valpy
2011 Neil Sandell
2010 Ann Dowsett Johnston
For the full list of past recipients, visit the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy page.