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RSJ Awards


Supporting RSJ students


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, many RSJ students are awarded scholarships each year.

Award Information

MJ students will be contacted by the program office via email when submissions are open. Applications should be sent as a single pdf.


To assist a student in the first year of the MJ program who has a continuing interest in in the fields of economics and/or finance and a demonstrated commitment to journalistic integrity.

Program write up of award. For example: This scholarship courtesy of Kevin MacLean and May Chang is dedicated to the memory of Kevin’s brother, O’Tucky MacLean. A maverick artist, journalist, scriptwriter, photographer, painter and entrepreneur, O’Tucky was forever rebelling against social conventions and conventional wisdom. He believed in speaking truth to power and poking fun at himself – and at those who took themselves too seriously. For many years in Canada, England and Hollywood, O’Tucky was a scenic painter for TV and movies – performing magic with paints and glazes on sets ranging from Monthy Python to Road to Avonlea and Hollywood blockbusters like Chicago and Cinderella Man. After Tuck’s sudden death in October 2015 at age 66, his family established this award to help students handle the financial burden of venturing off on an overseas academic exchange.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Have been accepted into the full-time master of Journalism program at Ryerson University;
  • Have a minimum 3.67 CGPA calculated for admission from a four-year approved undergraduate university program or equivalent;
  • Submit a letter of application (up to 2 pages) outlining their related experience and education to date, and how they will apply these skills as part of an ethically-sound, professional future in journalism.

Award amount approximately $2,500. Subject to availabilty of funds.  

For the student exhibiting the highest level of excellence in broadcast journalism based on the first year of study in the Master of Journalism program.

With its “exhilarating” launch in 1989, CBC Newsworld gave Canadians their first dedicated 24-hour news channel. The founding head of Newsworld, responsible for the development and operation of the network, was Joan Donaldson, a highly respected senior journalist who also taught at Ryerson. “There’s no magic about television,” she told Maclean’s magazine after Newsworld went to air. “Television is 95 per cent sweat.”

How to Apply

Recipient will be selected by the award selection committee and the school of journalism.

For the most deserving graduate student in the Master of Journalism program.

At 22, Gordon Sinclair landed a reporting job with the Toronto Daily Star. In the late 1920s and 1930s he travelled the world, contributing stories as he went. In 1942, he made the jump to radio. Years later, U.S. President Ronald Reagan mentioned to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that he possessed a recording of Sinclair’s most famous broadcast, “The Americans,” first aired in 1973. His trips around the world resulted in several books, including Footloose in India, Will the Real Gordon Sinclair Please Stand Up and Will the Real Gordon Sinclair Please Sit Down.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this award, students must:

Award amount approximately $2,500. Subject to availability of funds. 

To the top student in Urban Politics and Society for Journalists.

“I’d never let a daughter of mine become a reporter,” was what the managing editor of the London Free Press told Kathleen (Kay) Rex when she came looking for a job in 1942. She went on to 40 years of work with the Woodstock Sentinel; Canadian Press bureaus in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto; and the Globe and Mail. She used that early response for the title of her 1995 book about the Canadian Women’s Press Club, No Daughter of Mine. The club existed between 1904 and the early 1970s, and boasted such members as Nellie McClung, L.M. Montgomery and Emily Murphy. Once confined to the “women’s pages,” Rex reported on poverty, daycare, immigration, health, employment and peace, introducing readers to the names of organizations and causes that would eventually be identified as feminist.

How to Apply

Recipient will be selected by the award selection committee and the school of journalism.

Awarded to a Master of Journalism student on the basis of a major project proposal and budget submitted in Fall of the final year.

In his 1944 autobiography, Mark Gayn wrote that “at the age of 13 I found my true love: journalism.” It was a love affair which began in his birthplace of Manchuria and took him to Columbia’s journalism school, Vladivostok, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and North Korea before finishing his career in Toronto where he had a syndicated column in the Toronto Star. He worked as a foreign correspondent for some of the world’s most respected news sources: the Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chicago Sun, Newsweek, Time, as well as the Toronto Star. This award, which formerly supported students entering the two-year bachelor’s program, now makes it possible for master’s students to travel in pursuit of their own storytelling.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Submit a major project proposal; 
  • Submit a detailed project budget.

Award worth approximately $1,000. Subject to availability of funds. 

To recognize excellence in original research and writing in relation to journalistic pursuits.

The purpose of Spoke Gives Back is to connect emerging artists, scholars and researchers with established leaders within the creative marketplace. In accordance with The Spoke Club’s mandate to nurture and support young creative types, award winners must be between the ages of nineteen years old and thirty years old at the time of receiving the award. 

This award is a 12-month Membership to The Spoke Club, beginning in mid November, concluding in November 2020. The specific start and end dates may change depending on when the award winner is chosen. The Spoke Club is a private members club located at 600 King Street West. This award has a value of $1,500.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Have completed all course work associated with the Master of Journalism program, have a clear academic standing and have applied to graduate;
  • Be between the ages of 19 and 30 upon receiving the award;
  • Residing within the GTA as memberships are non-transferable;
  • Submit a 150-word biography suitable for citation (to be shared with The Spoke Club)
  • Submit a letter of intent describing the student’s academic background and their suitability for the award.

Note: Previous Fall graduates are also eligible to apply.

To support work on your major project in the final year of the MJ program.

Graduating from Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1954, James Carter commenced his professional life as a reporter with British United Press. After a bicycle tour of Europe, he returned to Toronto and joinedCanadian Press and Broadcast News on February 24, 1957. Carter spent most of his 26 years in journalism as a night editor, finally retiring in 1983. He was a great history buff and held an enduring affection for Ryerson. As he had no living family, he left the bulk of his estate to Ryerson to assist talented students with their journalism careers.

How to Apply

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Submit a major project proposal; 
  • Submit a detailed project budget.

Three scholarships available. Scholarships worth approximately $900. Subject to availability of funds. 

To a female student based on overall excellence at the end of the final Fall term.

This award was established by the family and friends of Susan Westmoreland to assist students with the costs associated with their education. Westmoreland was a 1998 honours graduate from the School of Journalism, majoring in broadcasting. The degree was her second university degree and resulted in a second career working with the CBC.

How to Apply

Recipient will be selected by the award selection committee and the school of journalism.

Financing your Studies

Fees for both international and domestic students will be posted on the fees section of the Registrar's Office website (see link on right). 

Tuition is calculated by year for each program, it is not dependent on the number of courses taken per term.

As per the 2021 fee schedule, tuition fees for the program are as follows:

  • Domestic: $10,714.03
  • International: $25,109.91

Tuition is a yearly charge, which is broken into three payments, each due at the beginning of each term (September, January and May).

For questions about financial assistance, such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), please cosult the Student Financial Assistance office website.

Career Boost, Graduate Assitant, Reasearch Assistant, Lab Monitor and Exam Invigilator opportunities are available to current students. Visit the Ryerson Careers website to apply. 

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