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Equity Fellowship


The Equity Fellowship is presented annually by Editors Canada. It is designed to support editors who have traditionally been excluded by the publishing and editing industries, including editors who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), 2SLGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled.

Editors Canada will present the fellowship for the first time in 2021.

About the fellowship

The Equity Fellowship provides the following to up to three successful applicants each year:

  • registration for the annual conference or the congrès des langagiers et langagières (in French only) of Editors Canada;
  • three Editors Canada webinars;
  • one copy of the book Editing Canadian English (and Editorial Niches);
  • one copy of the ebook From Contact to Contract;
  • one copy of each of the four Certification Test Preparation Guides;
  • membership in Editors Canada for one year; and
  • a listing in the Editors Canada Online Directory of Editors for one year.

Each fellowship is valued at $1,210.

The items must be claimed within 12 months of receiving the fellowship.



Editors Canada members, student affiliates and non-members can apply.

The following people cannot apply for this fellowship:

  • Editors Canada national office staff are not eligible.
  • Winners of this fellowship are not eligible to apply in subsequent years.
  • Members of the Editors Canada national executive council cannot apply while actively serving on the council.

How to apply

The applications period for the 2021 Equity Fefllowship is now closed.

Editors Canada will begin accepting applications for the 2022 Equity Fefllowship in early 2022.


Evaluation process

The selection committee will evaluate applications using the following criteria.

Applicants should identify themselves as to how they qualify for an equity fellowship. This will show judges that they understand the meaning and importance of equity.

Editing as a profession:
Applicants should demonstrate that they understand what is entailed in editing as a profession and have some concrete goals for how they want to develop their career.

Whether the applicant is a mid-career editor or new to editing, they should be able to demonstrate how the items offered in this fellowship will support them in their career. That will also show judges how committed they are to editing as a career, if they are not already practising as an editor.

The selection committee will select three winners each year.

The selection committee may select fewer than three, or no winner at all, if there is no application of high quality.

For more information about the Equity Fellowship, see Editors Canada's Awards and Scholarship Procedures.


Who are the judges?

Here are the members of the selection committee for the 2021 Equity Fellowship.

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe DeRango-Adem is an editor and published author currently serving as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser for Editors Canada. She brings diverse experience in the realms of publishing, cultural programming, and anti-racism and human rights/equity education. She is strongly committed to working with (and amplifying the voices of) BIPOC/racialized authors across Canada (and across a variety of genres).

Maria Frank

Maria Frank is currently an editor at Athabasca University, where she edits content for undergraduate- and graduate-level business courses. She has experience editing educational resources for K–12 students as well as a variety of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Maria has a passion for languages and cultures, and she holds a master's degree in nationalism studies. She believes in the power of the word to communicate and encourage the values of equity, diversity and inclusion.