Applications for Portenier Human Rights Bursary Competition Opens


The Portenier Human Rights Bursary is now accepting applications from independent journalists and independent documentary-makers with projects focusing on human rights abuses.

The award is open to freelancers worldwide, experienced or novice, who must d

Giselle Portenier
Giselle Portenier

emonstrate a clear interest or track record in casting light on human rights abuses and an upcoming assignment or project with such a human rights focus.

Giselle Portenier, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, who has consistently focused on human rights, especially the human rights of women and children says: “Human rights abuses continue unabated in the 21st century and human rights defenders worldwide need the support of journalists and documentarians to help them shine a light on these injustices. Some of the worst abuses are committed against women and children, sometimes as a result of war, but often systematically, in the name of culture and religion. The purpose of this bursary is to help ensure the safety of journalists and documentary filmmakers as they expose some of the most egregious abuses of human rights in the world today.”  –

Applicants compete for a single bursary of C$3,000 to help them attend a hostile environment course offered by one of the following approved course providers: AKE, Dart Centre at Columbia Journalism School, 1st Options Security, Global Journalist Security, Pilgrims Group, Remote Trauma, Tundra Group or TYR/Blue Mountain Group. These courses typically run 4 to 5 days. The list of course providers is subject to change from time to time.

The Portenier winner is chosen by an independent jury. She or he will have two months after notification to choose a course provider and secure a place on a course, beginning within nine months of the winner being notified. Most courses run for 4 or 5 days.

The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma is selecting candidates for the Portenier Human Rights Bursary. Interested applicants must submit their applications before or on June 15, 2017.

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