Journalism Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Launched in 2008, the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship is a two-semester fellowship (September-April) held at Massey College, the Graduate Residential College in the University of Toronto. The Fellowship was formed through a generous grant from Scotiabank and is coordinated by CJFE. The objective of the Fellowship is to enhance inter-American understanding and promote dialogue through an exploration of current issues in journalism and free expression in the Americas in an academic setting.

The Scotiabank/CJFE Fellow is expected to enroll in graduate or undergraduate courses and is able to use the full facilities of the University. There are no educational prerequisites for a Fellowship, nor does the Fellow receive credits or degrees for work done during the year. Accommodation is provided by Massey College. 

Application Criteria

  • Minimum 7 years’ experience and current employment as a journalist in Latin America or the Caribbean
  • Two professional references, and signed endorsement from current employer 
  • Proficiency in English 
  • Confirmation of resuming employment upon completion of Fellowship 

How to Apply

Information about applications for the 2017-2018 Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship at Massey College will be available in early 2017.

Download the 2015-2016 Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship Application Form.

If you have questions about the Fellowship, please contact CJFE's Programs Coordinator, Taryn Blanchard, at tblanchard@cjfe.org.


2015/2016 Fellow: Luiz Hidalgo Nunes Jr., Brazil

Luiz Hidalgo is a freelance journalist from São Paulo, Brazil, with more than a decade of experience in television, magazine, newspapers and web journalism. He’s written about topics ranging from men’s health to politics and the environment. In 2006, his television story on sugarcane plantations and their effect on the environment was awarded the VI Prêmio CPFL de Imprensa, a prize for energy-based journalism in the public interest.

In 2009, Hidalgo became a TV News reporter and was also assigned as Editor-In-Chief of Morning News at Rede Record in Bauru. After an interlude in which he worked as a press agent, Hidalgo then returned to freelance reporting and editing in 2014. He followed one of the candidates for the Brazilian presidency in mid-2014, an experience that showed him how far there still is to go in terms of free expression and countering censorship in Brazil.

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