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.

The Walrus Foundation will begin accepting applications for new Chawkers Fellows, to begin in January, in November. Details will be posted.

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 current Chawkers Fellows below.

Michael Fraiman, Fellow
Amanda Kwan, Fellow


Photograph by Harley Rustad

Amanda has a BA from the University of Toronto, where she majored in political science and journalism—the latter of which she chose to study based on the misguided notion that a degree related to publishing would be more practical than those other disciplines in the liberal arts. Before starting at The Walrus, she interned at the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Amanda likes to read magazines.

Mary Newman, Fellow


Photograph by Harley Rustad

Mary graduated from Manchester University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion. Prior to moving to Canada from London, England, she worked for BBC Radio 4 in news and current affairs, mentored refugees, and played bass guitar in a metal band. She is particularly interested in fine art, film, and food.


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.