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IFAJ Bursary

Thanks to the support of Bayer, we are pleased to offer the CFWF International Bursary. The bursary enables a valuable international experience for one Canadian agriculture journalist or communicator. The prize of up to $2,500 will help cover the costs of a member in good-standing for costs incurred to attend the IFAJ congress.


To encourage international exposure for Canadian agriculture writers and broadcasters by supplying them with the financial means to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists annual congress.

The Bursary:

The CFWF International Bursary is an award of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, sponsored by Bayer. It will help cover the costs, to a maximum of $2,500, for a member to travel to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists annual congress.

One bursary will be available each year, but one need not be awarded if there are no applicants.

The winner will receive recognition at the annual meeting of the CFWF and will make a presentation, either recorded or in person, on their congress experience and what they learned.

The bursary recipient is also required to attend the full IFAJ Congress and attend any business meetings as requested by the Canadian IFAJ executive representative.

The IFAJ 2024 Congress is being held in Interlaken/Berner Oberland, Switzerland from August 14 – 18, 2024.


Applicants must be members in good standing of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.

Evaluation process:

– Applications will be evaluated by a committee of CFWF members including a senator from the east, a senator from the west, and a member at large called together by the vice president.

-The committee will be appointed by the CFWF board as needed and the committee decision is final.

Applications will be judged on a scale weighted as follows:
  • 200-300 word written submission = 20 points

  • Ability to communicate experience to others in agriculture writing community and beyond =20 points

  • CFWF or regional leadership experience =10 points

       Total: 50 points


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