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Safety training bursaries available for Canadian freelancers

Safety training bursaries available for Canadian freelancers

Canada's Forum Freelance Fund, supported by RPT, is inviting applications for safety training bursaries up to $2,500.

Canadian freelancers, and those working for Canadian media, are invited to apply for bursaries to cover the costs of safety training in the USA and UK. 

The initiative - now in its third year - is being run by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, through its Forum Freelance Fund, and is supported by RPT who will be on the selection committee. 

Freelancers can apply for one of two streams of bursaries (but cannot apply for both):
  • Stream A: bursaries of up to $2,500 (can) to attend hostile environment training, run by our approved course providers. Successful applicants will have six months to secure a place on their course of choice.
  • Stream B: bursaries of up to $1,000 (can) to attend a special 3-day course, Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones, for freelancers at New York’s Columbia Journalism School. The course will be held in Autumn 2014.
RPT may also award additional bursaries, which will contribute to course fees only.

"One again, we're delighted to be partnering with the CJFVT on this initiative, which will enable Canadian freelancers to attend essential hostile environment training", said Catalina Cort├ęs, Programme Officer for the Rory Peck Training Fund, "and we hope to partner with more organisations in the future to help freelancers worldwide access this kind of training."

Freelancers must apply through the Forum Freelance Fund website only (not RPT).

The deadline for applications is Monday 30 June 2014. 

Image: Session from the 'Reporting in Crisis Zones' workshop at the Columbia Journalism School.

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