Global Affairs Canada launches International Policy Ideas Challenge for 2017

Global Affairs Canada has partnered with SSHRC to launch its second International Policy Ideas Challenge for graduate students and early career researchers affiliated with Canadian postsecondary institutions. Participants are invited to submit their best ideas and solutions for Canada’s international policy challenges.

The top ten winning entries will receive $3,000 each to develop their idea into policy briefs and present them to policy officials in Ottawa.

Proposals should be no more than 750 words and bridge at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate—foreign policy, trade and international development.

Ideas should focus on the following priority themes:

  • strengthening Canada’s relations with major traditional and emerging partners;
  • applying a Gender-Based Analysis Plus approach to Canada’s global engagement;
  • strengthening Canada’s capacity to meet its goals and major international commitments;
  • identifying best ways for Canada to support fragile and conflict-affected states;
  • advancing Canada’s progressive trade agenda in a way that promotes Canada’s prosperity, while supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development globally; and
  • populism, extremism and challenges to governance and democratic development.

Proposals on other issues affecting Canada’s international policy will also be considered.

The deadline for entries is March 13, 2017.

For more information and entry guidelines, visit the Global Affairs Canada website.