Joan Donaldson Scholars

About the Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship

Each Donaldson Scholar receives an orientation to CBC News and Centres, training and an intensive four-month paid internship at one or more locations within CBC News and Centres.

CBC News is proud to offer the Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship to aspiring journalists from across the country. Over the course of 16 weeks, Scholars get valuable hands-on experience in all areas of multi-platform news working in digital, radio and television. Many past Scholars have gone on to earn employment as CBC journalists.

The application process begins in the fall and applications are initially submitted directly to your school. Each school may nominate a limited number of candidates. Please contact the nomination coordinator at your school for details.

CBC is focused on attracting a diversified talent pool and ensuring that diversity informs how it recruits and develops its workforce. Strong consideration will be given to nominations of candidates who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour, and to people with disabilities.

About the Program 

  • The program runs annually from mid-May through late August (dates to be confirmed)
  • Scholars are paid about $600 per week
  • The CBC pays work-related travel costs
  • Scholars are responsible for their own accommodation and living expenses

Qualities of a Donaldson Scholar

Donaldson Scholarships are meant to reward students who have demonstrated:

  • Excellence in digital, chase production, field production and TV news writing
  • Exceptional academic performance, ability to learn and aptitude for the trade
  • Engagement in the world around them through community participation or travel
  • Strong potential for producing journalism marked by intelligent observation, command of facts, understanding of context and clarity of expression
  • Genuine interest in the ideals and practice of public interest journalism at the CBC

Who is Eligible?

Applicants should be:

  • Enrolled in their graduating year of one of the programs below and will have completed their studies before the scholarship
  • Available to work on a full-time basis at CBC. Full-time means not trying to juggle studies and employment while undertaking an internship. Freelance work is permissible in certain cases
  • Available to legally work in Canada during the program and following its conclusion
  • NOTE: Applicants will not be considered unless they have been recommended by their school's scholarship coordinator
  • NOTE: Successful candidates are expected to complete the entire 16-week scholarship.

Participating Institutions

Students are selected from the undergraduate and graduate journalism programs from these Canadian universities and colleges:

  • BCIT - Broadcast and Online Journalism
  • Carleton University - School of Journalism and Communication
  • Centennial College - School of Communications, Media and Design
  • Concordia University - Department of Journalism
  • Fanshawe College – School of Journalism
  • First Nations University of Canada - Indigenous Communication & Fine Arts
  • Humber College - Bachelor of Journalism
  • MacEwan University – Bachelor of Communication Studies
  • Mount Royal University - Bachelor of Communication - Journalism
  • Ryerson University - School of Journalism and School of Radio and Television Arts
  • St. Thomas University - Journalism Program
  • University of British Columbia - School of Journalism
  • University of Guelph-Humber - Honours BAA in Media Studies - Journalism
  • University of King's College - School of Journalism
  • University of Regina - School of Journalism
  • Western University - Faculty of Information and Media Studies