Only journalists who are fully employed by a newspaper in membership of the CPU are eligible to apply.
The Fellowship, funded by the Alva Foundation and administered by the CPU, is awarded to one Commonwealth newspaper journalist each year, enabling the winner to spend a year at the
The program runs in tandem with the Southam Fellowship programme which, since 1962, has been awarded annually by Southam Inc. to three or more Canadian journalists, and is also tenable for one academic year at the University of Toronto.
Particular consideration is given to newspaper people from
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newspaper leaders. Successful applicants are able to choose from a wide range of university courses and activities and are free to audit any graduate or undergraduate course and to use the full facilities of the
To obtain the maximum benefit from the program, the Fisher Fellow will agree to refrain from professional work, including writing and broadcasting, during the period of the Fellowship. Those selected are appointed Fellows-at-Large at the
The Fisher Fellowship programme combines general education with concentration in at least two courses; one academic course must be taken in full and all assignments completed. In a parallel, extra-curricular program, the Fisher Fellow meets regularly with Southam Fellows in informal seminars to discuss contemporary issues with eminent personalities from a wide variety of professions.
The Fisher Fellowship will underwrite for the eight-month university year: the Fellow's regular pro-rated gross annual salary, all university fees, travel expenses up to the cost of economy air fare to and from