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+, neurodivergent and disabled.

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 $1,250.

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

Editors Canada members, student affiliates and non-members are invited to apply for the fellowship by emailing equity.fellowship@editors.ca with a statement of 500 words or less that answers the question “How will this equity fellowship support you in your editing career?”

As described in the application instructions, the selection committee will choose up to three applicants who best describe

  • how they qualify for the fellowship,
  • that they understand what is entailed in editing as a profession and have some concrete goals for how they want to develop their career, and
  • how the fellowship will support them in their career.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 5.

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 2023 Equity Fellowship.

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila began her editing career in 2007 and is a certified copy editor and stylistic editor with Editors Canada. She currently works at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where she edits materials for online courses in humanities and social sciences. She has also edited fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, professional development modules for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and website materials for diverse organizations

Amber Riaz

Amber Riaz is committed to working with and amplifying voices of authors and editors self-identifying as BIPOC/racialized, or as members of LGBTQ2S+ communities connected to Canada and across genres. Her goals as equity, diversity and inclusion adviser focus on continuing to work on developing and implementing strategies that consistently prioritize and amplify the work of members of the Editors Canada community who are traditionally marginalized. She works with the national executive council on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion especially in relation to student affiliates and members. Her goals include identifying and establishing productive relationships with members and associations focused on EDI matters.

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