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Financial Information

In addition to numerous scholarships and fellowships from the federal and provincial governments, private foundations and other organizations, Ryerson University provides two major sources of funds that will be available to MJ students, Ryerson Graduate Fellowships and Ryerson Graduate Development Awards.

For more information about financial assistance for graduate students, see Graduate Studies - Scholarships and Awards.

Faculty members in the School of Journalism regularly hire Research Assistants, and qualified MJ students will be given priority in hiring for these positions.

The School of Journalism is beginning to use Teaching Assistants more extensively in its undergraduate program. Second-year students in the MJ program would be qualified to serve as TAs in undergraduate journalism courses, while first-year students with appropriate degrees could work as TAs in other academic departments such as History, English or Economics.


Master of Journalism Program Awards

For further information on the awards listed below please contact the Journalism Graduate Program Office at or 416-979-5000 x 2783.

Occasionally, an award may not be given in a particular year. Either the funds are not available or no suitable candidate is identified. The list of Awards below identifies the approximate value of each award. Please keep in mind that award values may vary depending on donation levels, investment returns, number of winners, etc.

Name Amount Quantity Description
Mark Gayn Award $1200 2 Awarded on the basis of an MJ  major project proposal and budget submitted in Fall of the final year.
CBC News Network Award $1000 1 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.
James H. Carter Memorial Scholarships $1000 3 To be awarded on the basis of MJ major project proposals and budgets submitted in late Fall of the final year.
Women's Press Club of Toronto - Kay Rex Scholarship $300 1 To the top student in Urban Politics and Society for Journalists.
Douglas Creighton Award $450 1 For excellence in the Master of Journalism introductory reporting course, Covering the City.
Susan Westmoreland Memorial Award $1000 1 To a mature female student based on overall excellence at the end of the final Fall term.
Gordon Sinclair Graduate Award in Journalism $1200 1 For the most deserving student in the Master of Journalism program who has met or exceeded required academic standard and has demonstrated financial need.


Admission Awards

Seymour Schulich Graduate Scholarship in Financial Journalism
($15,000, subject to renewal at the amount of $10,000)

To assist graduate students in the Master of Journalism program who have demonstrated interest and promise in financial journalism and have met and/or exceeded required academic standards by providing them with significant relief from future debt and materially enhancing their quality of life. The graduate students may apply for renewal of the scholarships for their second year of study. If a graduate student fails to meet the criteria for renewal, the scholarship may be made available to another eligible student in the second year.

For eligibility and application requirements contact the program administrator at or see Seymour Schulich Graduate Scholarship in Financial Journalism [PDF]

Matt Walcoff Memorial Award

Established in memory of Matt Walcoff, a reporter at Bloomberg News, The Matt Walcoff Memorial Award will assist a student in the first year of the two-year Master of Journalism program who has a continuing interest in the fields of economics and/or finance and a demonstrated commitment to journalistic integrity.

For eligibility and application requirements contact the program administrator at or see Matt Walcoff Memorial Award [PDF]