Regular FFF Bursaries

The Forum Freelance Fund (FFF) provides bursaries of up to CDN $2,500 to help Canadian freelancers attend hostile environment training courses. Foreign freelancers doing significant work for Canadian media are also eligible. 

Approved courses are currently available in Canada, the United States, Britain and occasionally elsewhere. Twenty-four FFF bursaries have been awarded since the annual competition began in 2011. 

Funds are applied first to course fees with any remainder available to help with reasonable travel expenses.

The 2017 FFF competition will be held in cooperation with Rory Peck Trust (RPT) which may, in its sole discretion, grant additional bursaries to successful candidates who also meet RPT’s criteria. FFF applications are assessed each year by an independent jury, including a representative of RPT. Qualified applicants compete for FFF bursaries to assist in attending courses offered by any of the following approved course providers: AKEColumbia Journalism School,  1st Options SecurityGlobal Journalist Security, Pilgrims Group, Remote Trauma, Tundra Group or TYR/Blue Mountain Group. 

This list is subject to change from time to time.

Successful applicants will have two months after notification to choose a course provider and secure a place on a course, beginning within 9 months of winners being notified. Most courses run for 4 or 5 days.


Applications open: March 15, 2017

Application deadline: April 15, 2017

Notification of winners expected by: May 31, 2017

Courses to be chosen by: July 31, 2017

Courses to begin by: February 28, 2018

Applying for an FFF bursary does not disqualify a candidate from applying for the Portenier, and vice versa, but applicants must meet the appropriate qualifications. No person, however, may receive two bursaries in the same year.

Before applying for an FFF bursary it is important that you read the full rules. A link to the on-line application form will be available on that page from March 15, 2017. 

Avant de demander une bourse FFF, il est important que vous lisez les règles complètes. Un lien vers le formulaire de demande en ligne sera disponible à partir du 15 mars 2017.

Regular FFF Bursary Sponsor:

   Supported by:

 And individual donations.

To enquire about corporate or personal sponsorship 
or support for the Forum Freelance Fund contact: 

Tax receipts are issued.