Robert H. Black Audio Residency Program


Update: NEW DEADLINE!! October 15th 2019!!!

The Robert H. Black Documentary Residency Program Fund was established in 2013 to support the  Robert H. Black Documentary Residency Program through the Department of Film and Media at Queen's University, to allow emerging media artists, journalists and broadcasters an avenue for developing their skills and careers by providing them with financial and infrastructure support for practicing advanced audio documentary production techniques at CFRC 101.9fm, Radio Queen's University.



Eligibility and Application Requirements

Participants in the Robert H. Black residency program must be registered Queen's University students at the time of applying.  To apply, candidates will be asked to submit their contact information to CFRC along with a 1-2 page proposal for their project, outlining its:

     -Theme and subject matter
     -Source materials, interview subjects, and production techniques (if known)
     -Engagement with Queen's and Kingston issues and stories
     -Reflection of the cultural and social diversity of the campus and the region
     -Potential to connect with listeners from other places

Selection Process

The deadline for 2018-19 Residency applications is October 15th at 11:59 PM.  No late applications will be accepted.

Applications must include a CV/Resume noting year and program of the student's area of study in addition to the 1-2 page proposal noted above.  The Application package should be emailed in one PDF document to the Station Manager at [email protected]  

A Jury composed of CFRC staff and volunteers will review and rank all proposals.  This Jury will select two students for the two available 2018-19 Residency positions.  The Jury will provide constructive feedback to all residency program applicants.

Residency Structure

Residents will complete CFRC volunteer radio programming training, with sessions covering radio station operations, radio program production, and digital audio recording and editing using CFRC's studios and portable equipment.  In addition, residents will receive focused one-on-one or small group sessions covering specialized skills such as interview techniques and multitrack mixing.

Residents will have access to portable recorder loans and studio time at CFRC for the duration of their residencies.  Residents will direct most questions related to advanced technical or creative production and requirements to the Station Manager.  As the residents will be selected in pairs, it is anticipated that they will also be able to support one another through peer learning, encouragement and skills development.

Completed feature-length audio documentaries (59 minutes) will be due on March 31, 2019. Projects will be broadcast on CFRC 101.9fm in April of each year, with these broadcasts promoted in advance via CFRC's airwaves, website and social media as well as print posters and flyers distributed across campus and in the community.  Projects will also be shared with other Canadian campus and community radio stations through the National Campus-Community Radio Association's on-line Program Exchange.


Robert H. Black Residents will receive a $500 honoraria at the beginning of April and after successful completion of their project.  Training, studio space, graphic design and printing costs are covered by the Residency program.