The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, Canada

Publish Date: May 06, 2015

Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Foreign Policy Research Division of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship.

The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, now in its 23rd year, provides direct experience in a policy research environment focused on the diverse challenges facing Canadian foreign policy. The Cadieux-Léger Fellow is integrated in the Foreign Policy Research Division at DFATD as a full-fledged analyst.  

The Fellow's work includes some research related to priority topics, writing short papers, contributing to the operational policy requirements, including by networking with internal and external experts and contributing to policy working groups.

While at DFATD, the Fellow is expected to advance Canadian foreign policy and the Foreign Policy Research Division's research agenda, which includes themes such as:

  1. Evolving global governance: including the management of complex crises, the role of non-state actors, urbanization and the role of cities, and the future of diplomacy;
  2. Global threats, including terrorism;
  3. Strategic partnerships: including with Asia, the United States and Mexico;
  4. Technology and foreign policy: including the Internet Economy, implications of emerging technologies, and innovation diplomacy.

We welcome proposals in areas beyond these themes which have clear relevance to Canadian foreign policy priorities, such as economic prosperity and international security. Recent examples of past research topics include: natural resources, science diplomacy, religion and human rights, the future of Russia, state capitalism, and prospects for Africa. The relevance and quality of the research proposal is an important factor in the selection process.

The Foreign Policy Research Division aims to create an efficient and collaborative work environment through knowledge-sharing, exchanging experience and ideas, as well as soliciting and welcoming input in new ways from a variety of stakeholders. As such, the Fellow would be expected to build networks within DFATD, the Government and with external experts. A particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and engaging new sets of stakeholders whose good ideas can be leveraged.

View the current and former Cadieux-Léger Fellows

The ideal candidate will:

  • be available for a minimum of nine months between September 2015 and August 2016;
  • be working towards a PhD on a topic of relevance to Canada's foreign policy priorities;
  • be recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution in which they are presently enrolled and maintain this status during the whole fellowship period. Part-time students working on their thesis or recognized by the academic institution in which they are presently enrolled as having a disability will also be considered;
  • conform to the eligibility criteria of the Research Affiliate Program.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to obtain a Secret-level security clearance in order to finalize the selection procedure.

* While non-Canadians may apply, preference is given to Canadian citizens. A Canadian citizen is a person who was born in Canada or who has obtained Canadian citizenship.

Selection Criteria

Applying for the Cadieux-Léger Fellowship is done through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP). Only candidates that have completed this step of the process will be considered.

Interested candidates must provide the following information:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a complete transcript;
  • a one page research proposal on a significant foreign policy issue and its implications for Canada;
  • a one page paper demonstrating how the candidate can support the division’s current research themes, listed above;
  • proof of enrolment for 2015-16 in a recognized academic institution;
  • a sample paper or publication; and
  • the names of three references.


The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship lasts up to twelve months and the Fellow will receive a total bursary not greater than $48,000.

Application Information

The deadline for applications is no later than midnight, May 22, 2015. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Ottawa at his/her own expense.

Given the important volume of applications, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

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