Regular FFF Bursaries

The 2020 Forum Freelance Fund (FFF) competition re-opened on August 17 with significant extensions to the periods in which courses must be chosen and taken. The FFF competition had been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the provision of courses. 

Applications closed on September 14, 2020. 


Winners will now have up to 18 months in which to select a course and a further 6 months to complete it. Some approved course providers are expected to resume live courses sooner than others. A rule change means courses can comprise virtual components as well as in-person ones, taken at different times. Refresher courses, some of which can be taken virtually, are also eligible.

The FFF provides bursaries of up to $2,500 CAD to help Canadian freelancers attend hostile environment training courses. Foreign freelancers working for Canadian media are also eligible.

Approved courses are normally available in Canada, the United States, Britain, Afghanistan, Kenya and occasionally elsewhere. Thirty-five 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 2020 FFF competition was 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: AKE, Blue Mountain Group, Dart Centre at Columbia Journalism School, 1st OptionGlobal Journalist Security, Pilgrims GroupRemote Trauma, SEPAR International and Tundra 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 3 to 5 days.


Applications opened:  August 17, 2020 

Application deadline: September 14, 2020 

Notification of winners expected by: September 30, 2020 

Courses to be chosen by: March 31, 2022 (EXTENDED)

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 is available at the bottom of the rules page during the application period. 

Avant de demander une bourse FFF, il est important que vous lisez les règles complètesUn lien vers le formulaire de demande en ligne est disponible en bas de la page des règles quand les demandes sont ouvertes.

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