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Margaret Meagher Fellowship - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: EXT23J-053095-000318
Selection process number: 23-EXT-EA-MMF
Global Affairs Canada - OPR - Centre for China Policy Research and Coherence
Ottawa (Ontario)
The position is a nine month fellowship starting September 5, 2023. Note: Possibility of teleworking

For further information on the program, please visit Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

Closing date: 16 March 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Please ensure you read all poster notes thoroughly as they contain important information that will be required in the application process. Failure to read the notes and follow the instructions could result in your application missing critical information and having insufficient information for the assessment board to complete your assessment resulting in your elimination from the process.

The Centre for China Policy Research at Global Affairs Canada is recruiting for the Margaret Meagher Fellowship Program.

Launched in 2021 by the North Asia Bureau of Global Affairs Canada, the Margaret Meagher Fellowship aims to deepen the Government of Canada’s understanding of China, and to foster the development of a next generation of Canadian policy makers and specialists who will be at the forefront in government, business, education and civil society.

The fellowship will contribute knowledge to the area of China’s political and commercial system, social and environmental issues, and their impact on Canada-China relations. This PhD fellowship is ideally suited to a PhD student who wishes to pursue a career path bridging academia and policy making.

The position is a nine-month fellowship compensated through a bursary of up to $41,675. The fellowship may include contribution to statutory benefits (e.g. Employment Insurance).

Work environment

Global Affairs Canada is committed to inclusive and barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Accommodation will be made at all stages of the hiring process with respect to the requirements of the specialty. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

The Federal Public Service is stronger and most effective when we reflect the rich diversity of the Canadian population that we serve. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees feel empowered to be authentic. At GAC, we believe that by leveraging all available strengths that exist within the diversity of Canada’s population, we can reach the highest levels of professionalism, innovation and productivity. Don’t miss your opportunity to not only enjoy the unparalleled benefits of the public service, but to work for a department where your voice is heard, valued, respected and amplified. All candidates who believe they are qualified are encouraged to apply, including Black, other racialized and Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We encourage candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a member of one of these groups and complete the Employment Equity (EE) section of the application. If you would like to learn more about self-declaration, please consult this website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs/opportunities/government/self-declaring-government-canada-jobs.html.

Intent of the process

The position is a nine-month fellowship starting September 5, 2023.

For further information, please contact Martine Poitras of the Centre for China Policy Research (Martine.Poitras@international.gc.ca)

The successful candidate will be required, prior to the start of employment, to obtain a satisfactory secret security clearance.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Emphasizing how the candidate’s knowledge and experience support Global Affairs Canada’s mandate, in particular with respect to China. Additionally, candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education, Competencies & Abilities criteria listed as essential qualifications on the Statement of Merit Criteria."

Contact information for 3 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

A covering letter and resume MUST be submitted when applying for this selection process. It is your responsibility as a candidate to submit a cover letter that clearly explains and substantiates, in detail, how you meet each of the essential qualifications (education, competencies AND abilities) associated with the positions for which you are applying. Please note that stating these qualifications have been met, and/or listing past or current responsibilities does not represent adequate substantiation. Please use the wording of each qualification as a header and then write one or two paragraphs for each explaining how, where and when (M-Y to M-Y) you obtained the experience. The resume will be considered a secondary source which could be used to validate the education and experience described in the cover letter. Failure to provide this information in the requested format may result in your application being rejected.

- Applicants must be residing in Canada or Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled full-time in PhD Studies at a recognized institution of higher learning in any of the following areas: Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History, Economics or a related program, and who are pursuing a thesis related to the fields mentioned above which include a China specialty.

Degree equivalency

- Excellent oral, technical written and interpersonal communication skills in English or French
- Ability to take guided initiative and to work in an organized fashion within a fast-paced environment, including flexibility in shifting between independent and collaborative work and demonstrate collegiality and professionalism

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should provide an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Please note that only the students selected for further assessment will be contacted and will need to provide the following documents by email to the contact of this process: Martine.Poitras@international.gc.ca

- a complete transcript;
- a one-page research proposal on a significant foreign policy issue linked to Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) mandate and its implications for Canada;
- proof of enrolment for 2023-2024 in a recognized academic institution;
- a sample paper or publication


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Catherine-Alexie Carle - Human Resources advisor Martine Poitras – Centre for China Policy Research
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