CFI launches $2,500 student science journalism award

November 22, 2010

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is offering up to two Canadian university or college students $2,500 apiece to tell a riveting story about science as part of its new Emerging Science Journalists Award.

The prizes will be awarded to the students in April 2011 to help pay for the research, reporting and crafting of an in-depth journalistic piece about any of the nearly 7,000 research projects that the CFI has funded across Canada.

An independent judging panel will select the recipients based on a story proposal, or “pitch,” and an accompanying budget for travel costs and other reporting expenses. Stories may be told in print, broadcast, online or mixed media. The students retain up to $1,500 of the award as a stipend.

The CFI finances the infrastructure “tools” required for cutting-edge research at Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutes. Since its inception in 1997, the CFI has committed $5.3 billion which the institutions have leveraged, resulting in a total of more than $12 billion of new research facilities and equipment.

The CFI Emerging Science Journalists Award is intended to encourage the next generation of science journalists and communicators in Canada and to introduce them to CFI projects. To apply for the award students must have prepared at least one piece of science communication of a journalistic nature aimed at the general public.

The award also helps the CFI inform the public about the social, economic and environmental benefits resulting from research conducted with CFI-funded infrastructure.

Deadline for applying for the award is February 1, 2011.

Details are available here.

Yves Melanson
Coordinator – Media Relations (613) 996-3160
Email: yves.melanson [at]