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Date published: March 20, 2020

Global Affairs Canada launches International Policy Ideas Challenge for 2019

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

The top 10 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:

  • Canada’s international role in challenges requiring collective action;
  • climate change vis-à-vis security and migration;
  • Indigenous knowledge to advance Arctic cooperation;
  • inclusion as a way to address complex foreign policy challenges;
  • human rights abuses and exports;
  • trade, strategic relationships and engagement with China; and
  • addressing disinformation and cyber threats.

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


The deadline for entries is April 12, 2019.


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