RTDNF Canada Scholarships

Eligibility expanded and deadline extended…

RTDNF Canada–Cottage Life Digital News Scholarship and Internship

 

*Updated* Eligibility: Any student enrolled in a college or university journalism or communications program in Canada. The placement must go toward a school credit.

Features a $4,000 scholarship and a three-month long summer hybrid or remote internship with Cottage Life. Anticipated start date of May 2023.
Applications open: October 3, 2022
*Updated* Applications close: December 16, 2022

Congratulations to the RTDNF Canada 2022 Scholarship winners!
Click here for the full list of winners.

Scholarship Information

RTDNF Canada was established by RTDNA Canada in 1978 to offer financial assistance to students in Canada.

This year, nine scholarships will be awarded to Canadian students, bringing the total amount awarded to students by RTDNF Canada to more than $372,500.

Scholarship Qualifications: 

  • You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian broadcast or digital journalism course at either a college or university.

  • You must be a Canadian citizen, landed Immigrant, or hold a Canadian work visa.

  • Entries must be produced and written by the entrant(s). No more than a team of two can submit one entry. If successful, the scholarship would be divided equally between team members.

  • The total scholarship presentation time must not exceed 30 minutes. Entries can be edited for time.

  • A cover letter must be submitted including a short description of your submission including any highlights or challenges you would like to feature such as topic selection, research, interviews or reaction to the finished story.

  • Submissions are limited to one (1) per applicant per scholarship. An entry cannot be submitted in more than one category – unless the story is substantially different for another platform. All submissions must have been produced for a school assignment in 2021-2022.

  • All entries must be submitted online.

2023 scholarship submissions will open in February 2023

The Scholarships

Scroll down for scholarship details and technical requirements.

RTDNF Canada Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: Graduate, 2nd, and 3rd year students.

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual or team of two for a broadcast or digital entry that shows exceptional storytelling, creativity and quality. In the case of a team, the scholarship will be divided equally.

JJ Richards Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: 3rd or final year students.

Candidates with a passion for podcasts and longer form radio storytelling must submit a radio documentary or podcast with a maximum length of 30 minutes. May be edited to fit time requirements. 

CBC/Barbara Frum Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: Students at all levels.

Entrants must submit a complete radio, podcast or TV interview (not an excerpt). Prepared questions and short background material must accompany the online submission.

BNN Bloomberg/Jim O'Connell Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: Students at all levels with an interest in business journalism.

The candidate must submit a broadcast or digital business news story or feature that demonstrates an ability to grasp business issues and presents information in a clear, well-written and compelling way.

Broadcasters of Atlantic Canada Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: Students at all levels from Atlantic Canada.

The candidate must submit a news story in digital or broadcast format. Documentation supporting residency is required.

Narcity Digital Journalism Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: 3rd or final year students.

The candidate must submit a news story or feature published on a university or college- affiliated website and/or social media platform which was submitted as an assignment for marks. URL and screen grabs of any other supporting content is required. In addition, a letter of support from your supervisor must be included in the application.

Global News Diversity Scholarship - $2,000

Eligibility: Students from racialized communities attending a college or university journalism or communication program. Candidates must submit a news or feature story in digital or broadcast format. In addition, a letter of support from your supervisor must be included in the application.

Pritam Singh Benning Scholarship - $1,000

Eligibility: Students from racialized communities attending a journalism program in British Columbia, or whose permanent address is in B.C. and attending a journalism program in another province, for excellence in storytelling a human-interest story. Documentation supporting residency is required.

RTDNA Canada George Clark Scholarship - $2,500

This additional scholarship will be awarded to one of the winners of the above categories deemed to be the best overall. In the case of an entry produced by a team of two, the scholarship award will be divided equally.

Technical Guidelines
  • All media file uploads must be no greater than 4GB in size.
  • Video uploads are accepted in the following formats: .avi, .flv, .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg
  • Audio uploads are accepted in MP3 format only
  • Document uploads are accepted in PDF and Microsoft Word format only
  • External URLs are accepted, but must remain accessible after the submission deadline for judging purposes

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2023 Scholarship submissions will open in February 2023.

Apply for a scholarship

Please visit this page in February 2023 for the 2023 scholarship submission period.

Scholarship application