Application rules for individuals

Applicants are expected to submit an outline for a proposed project (PDF format). The application must include a letter of reference attesting to the capacity of the candidate to deliver the proposed project and, where applicable, employer support for the candidate. Additional documentation such as undertakings of access or cooperation from third parties, will be welcome. The judges will take into consideration the quality of the candidate’s presentation.

To assist you in your written proposal, please include answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the research question that drives your proposed investigation? (What is already known about this topic, and what needs to be found out? Please be as specific as possible.)
  2. How is this topic of public importance and what is its potential public impact?
  3. What will be the chief sources of information for your investigation? (Please list as many types of sources as apply.)
  4. In what way would you describe this project as “investigative” in nature?
  5. Please include a publication plan. Ideally, this will include multiple national platforms, along with proof that approaches have been made, and that there is interest and support from a senior editorial person.

Applications must include an expression by an employer or a news organization of intent or, preferably, a commitment to publish or broadcast the completed project.

The publication or broadcast must indicate that the project was supported and funded by the Michener Awards Foundation. In addition, the project or a summary must be made available for posting on the website of the Michener Awards Foundation.

Application rules for news organizations

Applicants are expected to submit an outline for a proposed project (PDF format). The application should include a letter of reference attesting to the team’s capacity to deliver the proposed project and employer support for the candidate or team. Additional documentation such as undertakings of access or cooperation from third parties will be welcome. The judges will take into consideration the quality of the candidate’s presentation.

The application must be filed in the name of a senior news executive. It should outline the proposed project and respond to the following questions:

  1. What is the research question that drives your proposed investigation? (What is already known about this topic, and what needs to be found out? Please be as specific as possible.)
  2. How is this topic of public importance and what is its potential public impact?
  3. Would the project proceed without the fellowship?
  4. What staff will you assign to the project?
  5. What will be the chief sources of information for your investigation? (Please list as many types of sources as apply.)
  6. In what way would you describe this project as “investigative” in nature?
  7. What is your publication plan? Ideally, this includes multiple national platforms, along with proof that approaches have been made, and that there is interest and support from senior editorial representatives.

The judges will take into account the size of the news organization and its overall news resources.

The publication or broadcast must indicate that the project was funded in part by the Michener Awards Foundation. In addition, the project or a summary must be made available for posting on the website of the Michener Awards Foundation.

Applications for the Michener–Deacon Fellowship will open in December 2021.