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Fellowships

The Chawkers Fellowship Program—a pilot project funded by the Chawkers Foundation and administered by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation—trains young professionals in editorial work, to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism, ideas, and culture. Chawkers Fellows research story ideas with editors; and fact-check and proof the content of The Walrus in print, tablet, and smart phone editions. Additional “desk assignments” include reviewing unsolicited fiction and poetry submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information for the Contributors page; and assisting the online and tablet editors with digital and expanded content.

Chawkers Fellows also have access to training seminars led by editors and staff of the Walrus Foundation, in topics ranging from copyediting and magazine theory to circulation and non-profit development. The full-time fellowships pay $400 per week per fellow, for six months.

The Walrus Foundation is now accepting applications for two to three Chawkers Fellows, to begin either on Monday, August 18, or Monday, September 15.

We will begin reviewing applications on August 5, but will accept materials until available positions are filled. To apply, please submit a single PDF that includes a statement of purpose, a resumé, and two letters of reference to Kyle Wyatt, managing editor of The Walrus, at fellowship@thewalrus.ca. Qualified applicants will receive a set of tasks related to their prospective duties, along with a deadline. Selected applicants will then interview at the Walrus Foundation’s offices in Toronto. The process is competitive.

We are eternally grateful to our founding donor, the Chawkers Foundation, for creating and funding the Chawkers Fellows, and for its support of education, training, and all things Walrus. Meet the inaugural Chawkers Fellows below.

Calum Agnew, Fellow

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Photograph of Calum Agnew

Calum graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax in 2013, with a bachelor’s (combined honours) in the history of science and economics. Prior to joining The Walrus, he worked as news editor at the Dalhousie Gazette, planted trees, and blogged for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs. His research, which he has presented to the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, focuses on the interaction between philosophy of science and economics. Despite his sterile-sounding academic background, he has a love of poetry and photography.

Max Halparin, Fellow

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Photograph of Max Halparin

Max edited news and commentary for the McGill Daily newspaper and won two national student journalism awards for his reporting. He graduated with an honours B.A. in geography in 2010, and his work on neighbourhood walkability appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine last June. Before joining The Walrus, he served as an editorial intern at Maisonneuve.

Michael Strizic, Fellow

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Photograph by Calum Agnew

Michael, a Toronto native, holds a master’s by research from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked for five years in publishing, editorial, and media. Before coming to The Walrus, he interned with House of Anansi and Fledgling Press. He is a freelance cultural critic and teaches high school English part-time. His interests include canoeing, Calvinball, and the Rule of Three.

Internships

The following individuals may be considered eligible for an internship in the disciplines of art, digital, marketing, events, development at the Walrus Foundation:

  1. A secondary school student who performs work under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled;
  2. An individual who performs work under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology or a university.

More information and timelines to come.