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Editors Canada now accepting applications for the $1,000 Claudette Upton Scholarship

The Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada), as the only national association focused solely on editors and the editing profession, is dedicated to assisting editors in realizing their full potential at every stage of their career. One of the ways we're supporting the students who are just entering our field is with the Claudette Upton Scholarship.

The scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing. The recipient is encouraged to use the prize to attend our national conference, purchase Editors Canada publications or attend association seminars and webinars. The scholarship will be awarded at the banquet of the Editors Canada conference in Gatineau, Quebec, on Saturday, June 10.

How to apply

Applicants must be current student affiliates of Editors Canada. The application package must include the following documents:

  • a reference letter from an instructor in the applicant's course or program;
  • a resumé (two pages maximum) describing the applicant's education and work history; and
  • a 300-word statement that answers the following question: "How is a Canadian editor's work distinct from that of editors elsewhere?"

Submit your application by mail or email to

Editors Canada
Claudette Upton Scholarship Coordinator
505–27 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1L2


The application package must reach the national office by Monday, March 6.

Evaluation process

The applications will be evaluated by the scholarship selection committee. The recipient will be the applicant who best demonstrates the following qualities:

  • aptitude for editing;
  • commitment to pursuing a career as an editor; and
  • qualities reminiscent of honorary life member Claudette Upton as described below.

Visit the Claudette Upton Scholarship page for more information.

Spreading the word

If you know a student who is not an affiliate of Editors Canada and who would be interested in this opportunity, please pass along this message and encourage them to join us. We have significantly reduced the annual fee for students to join Editors Canada. Our student affiliate rate is now just $50.

Remembering Claudette Upton

Established in 2009, the award is named after Editors Canada honorary life member Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley, a gifted editor who loved the English language and was actively involved in social justice and environmental causes throughout her life.

Claudette was born in North Carolina in 1948 and lived in Alaska, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and the Caribbean before her death in 2008. She worked freelance and in-house, specializing in scientific, medical and historical materials. Claudette also taught editing courses and was a much-loved mentor to many. She is remembered for both her wonderful sense of humour and her sharp mind