Deadline for applications

Monday, March 23, 2020


Rationale

There is a marked shortage of informed investigative reporting on Canadian higher education issues in the Canadian media. The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Fellowship is intended to help address this gap, and support those wishing to pursue in-depth journalism on higher education. Applicants with insightful, imaginative, and innovative perspectives on a wide range of higher education issues are encouraged to apply.


Design and requirements

An annual Fellowship will be given to an investigative research project in the area of Canadian higher education, including Canadian higher education in a provincial, national, or international context. Applications focusing on any topic within this area are welcomed, including public policy, labour relations, the academic labour market, governance, financing, teaching, research, librarianship and information management, demographics, education quality, free speech and academic freedom, equity and diversity, indigeneity, and reconciliation.

The winning project will have to include new investigative research and analysis – it cannot simply replicate research that already exists or is in progress, although it can draw on this research. Emphasis will be placed on supporting projects that are innovative and encourage new ways of thinking about the issues examined, including the use of new digital media publishing and distribution platforms.

The Fellowship is valued at $10,000 for one year and administered by OCUFA. The first half of the Fellowship is payable at the start of the project and the second half upon completion of the project. The Fellowship winner will have to complete and publish and/or broadcast the investigative research project within a year of being granted the Fellowship, and a six-month interim progress report will be required. OCUFA will not exercise any editorial control or judgment over the project.

The Fellowship is intended to cover the costs involved in research and reporting, hired equipment, and travel. If requested, OCUFA will help identify and cover the costs for mentorship from an appropriate senior journalist to help guide the applicant through to the publication and/or broadcast of the project.

All publication and/or broadcast of the work funded by the Fellowship will cite financial support from the OCUFA Fellowship in Higher Education Journalism. Published work will remain the intellectual property of the Fellowship winner, but OCUFA reserves the right to publish the project in OCUFA’s journal of higher education, Academic Matters (both online and in print), and in the promotion of the Fellowship.

Upon completion of the project, the Fellowship winner will be required to submit a reflective essay of 500 words or less for use on the OCUFA Fellowship in Higher Education Journalism section of the OCUFA and Academic Matters websites. The reflective essay will speak to the insights gained while researching, developing an analysis, and publishing or broadcasting the project. The Fellowship winner will also be expected to give a short presentation to OCUFA’s Board of Directors once the project has been completed.


Eligibility

The Fellowship will be open to Canadians, permanent residents, and non-Canadians holding a valid work permit, who work in any medium as freelancers, part-time, or full-time employees. Student journalists working for university campus media and students currently enrolled in graduate-level journalism or equivalent programs will also be eligible. Submissions from teams of journalists will be accepted as well. Previous recipients of the OCUFA Fellowship in Higher Education Journalism are not eligible. Applicants have to agree to follow the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics guidelines.


Application process

Each year, OCUFA will solicit applications for innovative investigative research projects.

Applicants will submit in English or French an application package that includes:

  1. A resume.
  2. A clearly-focused and well-written story pitch limited to 300 words demonstrating understanding of and insight into the proposed research area, and highlighting its relevance to a Canadian audience and potential impact on higher education and general public policy.
  3. A reporting plan of up to 500 words outlining how the work will be researched, produced, pitched to media outlets, and published and/or broadcast within the year the Fellowship is provided.
  4. A detailed budget outlining the planned expenditures for the Fellowship funding.
  5. A maximum of three clips or writing samples. Those working in digital media, radio, or television can submit samples in their respective medium.
  6. Up to three professional letters of reference of no more than two pages each from supervising editors familiar with the applicant’s work. Graduate students can arrange for a letter of reference from a faculty member speaking to their ability to successfully undertake the investigative research project.
  7. A letter from a well-respected and established media outlet expressing interest in publishing or broadcasting the completed project in English or French (optional).


Selection process and criteria

The selection committee will include three faculty members from university schools of journalism and communication, an established practicing senior journalist, a faculty member with research expertise in higher education, an OCUFA Executive member, OCUFA’s Executive Director, and OCUFA’s communication staff lead.

Preference will be given to:

  • Applicants who demonstrate a capacity for independent, incisive, insightful analysis and innovative storytelling with a commendable record of accomplishment, as evidenced by high quality published or broadcast work;
  • Proposals that are informed by social, economic, or political justice considerations, which have important implications for Canadian public and higher education policy, and are intended to bring about positive change;
  • Proposals with a detailed strategy for publication or broadcast and dissemination, intended to generate interest and discussion of the issues examined, including details of how to attract and engage audiences electronically and in other formats prior to and after publication. The digital strategy should include the audio and/or visual dimensions that will be used (e.g. video, animation, photography, podcasting, webcasting etc.) that will actively engage the public and ensure that the work remains available in an electronic format.


Deadline: March 23, 2020

  

If you have any questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Ben Lewis.

The OCUFA Service Award was established to honour individuals who have done, or continue to do, exceptional work on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and its Members.

Up to six awards will be given each year and will be presented during OCUFA’s Annual General Meeting typically held in early May.

Nomination Criteria

The nomination should outline the outstanding nature of the nominee’s contribution to OCUFA, including years of accumulated service on the OCUFA Board, the OCUFA Executive, an OCUFA committee or an OCUFA ad hoc committee

To receive an OCUFA Service Award, the candidate must belong to an OCUFA member faculty association. Nominees can be either current or retired members of the eligible association.

An individual may only receive the OCUFA service award once.

Nomination process

Individuals may be nominated by a Member association, a member of a standing or ad hoc OCUFA committee, or a Director. Members serving on the OCUFA Executive cannot be nominated at the time they are on the Executive.

The OCUFA Executive will act as the selection committee for this award.


Deadline: April 3, 2020 

AMOUNT

$2,500.00


Eligibility

• Accepted to or enrolled in a full-time Master’s level program at a publicly-assisted Ontario University

• Will graduate no earlier than April, 2020

• Seeking financial support to pursue or continue first Masters

• Has achieved a first-class average, as determined by university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent


Evaluation Criteria

• Academic excellence

• Academic promise and research potential

• Leadership (demonstrated and potential) as defined by personal achievement, community service, involvement in academic life, volunteerism, civic engagement


Documentation

• Application package to be submitted online at  https://ocufa.on.ca/awards_application/ 

• Three letters of reference highlighting evaluation criteria and how candidate meets each, as well as potential benefits to the university the candidate will attend


Deadline for applications

March 2, 2020


Information and inquiries

Email Jordyn Perreault-Laird


Click here to download a sample application package to see what's involved. Also read about Henry Mandelbaum to see his value, passion, and commitment.  

Please read the Q&A  section carefully before proceeding.  

AMOUNT
$5,000.00


Eligibility
• Accepted to or enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at a publicly-assisted Ontario University
• Is in a program requiring a Doctoral dissertation
• Seeking financial support to pursue or continue first Doctoral degree
• Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent


Evaluation Criteria
• Academic excellence
• Academic promise and research potential
• Leadership (demonstrated and potential) as defined by personal achievement, community service, involvement in academic life, volunteerism, civic engagement

Documentation
• Application package to be submitted online at  https://ocufa.on.ca/awards_application/
• Three letters of reference highlighting evaluation criteria and how candidate meets each, as well as potential benefits to the university the candidate will attend

Deadline for applications
March 2, 2020


Information and inquiries
Email Jordyn Perreault-Laird


Click here to download a sample application package to have some idea of what's involved. Also read about Henry Mandelbaum to see his value, passion, and commitment. 

Please read the Q&A  section carefully before proceeding.  

Members who belong to the OCUFA affiliated faculty associations may be nominated for the Teaching award or the Academic Librarianship award.

The OCUFA affiliated associations are: 


Algoma University Faculty Association (full time only)

Brescia University Faculty Association (full time only)

Brock University Faculty Association (full time only)

Carleton University Academic Staff Association (full time only)

Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

University of Guelph Faculty Association (full time only)

Huron University College Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

King’s University College Faculty Association (full time only)

Lakehead University Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

Laurentian University Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association

McMaster University Faculty Association (full time only)

Nipissing University Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

Northern Ontario School of Medicine Faculty and Staff Association (full time only)

Ontario College of Art and Design Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association (full time only)

Osgoode Hall Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

Association of professors of the University of Ottawa (full time only)

Queen’s University Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

Renison Association of Academic Staff (full time only)

Ryerson Faculty Association (full time only)

Professors’ Association of Saint Paul University (full time only)

St. Jerome’s University Academic Staff Association (both full time and contract faculty)

University of Toronto Faculty Association (full time only)

Trent University Faculty Association (full time only)

Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (full time only)

University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

Windsor University Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (both full time and contract faculty)

York University Faculty Association (full time only)

OCUFA