Call for Applications: International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020 – Deadline: April 17, 2020

International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020

NOTE: Master’s students, Doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply.

The objective of the International Policy Ideas Challenge program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada. The program offers applicants a chance to test their skills at translating academic expertise into policy language and insights. Ten winners will be given several months to consult with Global Affairs Canada “client” divisions and further develop their proposals into longer policy briefs, which will then be presented to Government of Canada officials in a day-long Ideas Symposium, hosted by Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa in late Fall 2020.

Each proposal should outline a trend or dynamic affecting Canadian foreign policy that applicants believe needs additional study. Proposals should sketch out preliminary policy recommendations bridging at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate – foreign policy, trade, and international assistance.

Ten winning proposals will receive $3,000 each (regardless of whether the proposal is submitted by an individual or a team). In addition to the award, a modest travel supplement will be provided for winners from outside the National Capital Region to facilitate the in-person participation of the lead researcher in the Ideas Symposium. Only the lead researcher is eligible for the monetary award and travel supplement.

Application deadline: April 17, 2020

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, please see the webpage: Note: This award is externally administered by SSHRC and Global Affairs Canada, so questions should be directed to: