About the Fellowship

The Fellowship was created to help finance a significant foreign reporting project by a Canadian journalist — staffer, freelancer or student — working in any medium.

This international reporting bursary reflected the importance that Travers attached to his six years reporting from Africa and the Middle East. He believed Canadians deserve first-hand, in-depth coverage of important stories outside our borders. He argued passionately that it is crucial for Canadian reporters to “bear witness” — because in our interconnected world, “foreign” news is “local news.”

The Fellowship provides an annual award of up to $25,000 to cover travel, reporting and research expenses and a stipend for a journalist. It is administered by Carleton University through its School of Journalism and Communication in the Faculty of Public Affairs, which issues a call for applications in the early Fall.