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The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: EXT24J-103195-000280
Selection process number: 24-EXT-EA-BB-1042395
Global Affairs Canada - Open Insights Hub - POR
Ottawa (Ontario)
From September 2024 to August 2025
The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship will last up to 12 months. The Fellow will receive a total bursary not greater than $48,000 contingent on duration.

For further information on the organization, please visit Global Affairs Canada

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

Closing date: 3 July 2024 - 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

Do you want to gain valuable experience working in an area related to your studies while contributing to the advancement of Canada’s international interests? The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship, provides direct experience in a policy research environment focused on the diverse challenges facing Canadian foreign policy.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is committed to advancing equity and embracing diversity and inclusion by implementing meaningful actions that are founded in respect, collaboration and accountability. GAC is committed to ensuring that its workforce both at home and abroad is representative of Canada’s current and evolving population. GAC’s dedication towards advancing equity diversity and inclusion is exemplified through the various efforts and initiatives in place that aim to ensure representation at all levels, provide equitable career opportunities, provides a safe and accessible workplace and to strengthen the inclusivity of the workplace so that all employees have the possibility to be authentic. 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 2SLGBTQI+ community.

We invite you to be part of the change by joining an organization where your voice is heard, valued, respected and amplified. Knowing that diverse teams foster innovation we strongly encourage you to complete the Employment Equity (EE) section in your application.

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. Applications will be accepted on-line only. Please click on the button “Apply NOW” below.

Due to the high volume of receipt of applications, only the students selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Fellow’s work includes research, writing short papers or briefs, and participating in the policy development process, including by networking with internal and external experts and contributing to policy working groups and other initiatives.

Work environment

The Open Insights Hub of Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is pleased to announce the selection process for the 2024-2025 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship.

The Cadieux-Léger Fellow is integrated within the Open Insights Hub at GAC as an analyst. The Hub engages with external experts and fosters relationships with the knowledge institutions as part of its research and analysis on foreign, economic and international assistance policy issues, as well as environmental scanning to identify emerging global trends and changes. The Cadieux-Léger Fellow’s activities will focus on themes of relevance to Canadian international interests.

While at GAC, the Fellow is expected to advance the Hub’s current thematic agenda, including understanding the evolving structure of international relations and its implications for Canada. Priority areas of focus include: Canada’s vulnerabilities and opportunities in the context of geopolitical risk; navigating great power competition; engaging the middle ground (or Global South); examining Canada’s international toolkit of policies and programs; the Canada-United States bilateral relationship and impact on Canada’s broader foreign policy; economic security and resilience; and the international dimensions of horizontal issues as emerging technologies, or climate change and the green transition.

We welcome proposals related to these themes and others that have clear relevance to Canadian foreign policy priorities, notably international advocacy and diplomacy. The relevance and quality of the research proposal is an important factor in the selection process, as are interpersonal skills and capacity for engagement and teamwork.

The Open Insights Hub aims to create an engaged, strategic, rigorous, collaborative and innovative environment through knowledge-sharing and interaction with internal and external experts, assumption testing, exchanging experience and facilitating innovative ideas, as well as soliciting and welcoming input in new ways from a variety of stakeholders. Accordingly, the Fellow would be expected to build networks within GAC, the Government of Canada and with external experts. A particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and engaging new sets of stakeholders whose good ideas can be leveraged.

Candidates are expected to work in presence at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

Positions to be filled: 1 or 2, funding for a second Fellow to be confirmed

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "of 1,000 words explaining how your knowledge and experience align with Global Affairs Canada’s mandate."

A complete transcript.

A 1,000 word research proposal on a significant foreign policy issue linked to the Open Insights Hub’s areas of focus (as elaborated in this poster), GAC’s mandate and its implications for Canada.

A sample paper or publication.

Proof of enrolment in a recognized academic institution at the Ph.D. level for the duration of the fellowship period.

Contact information for 3 professional references.

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

The candidate must be enrolled in a doctoral program as a full-time student in a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in Political Science or International Relations, or Economics or Law or a related program*. Furthermore, the candidate must have successfully attained candidacy status** at the time of application, including having completed all course work and examination requirements, in addition to an approved dissertation proposal.

*The candidate must 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.

**The candidacy of PhD students in their third or fourth year, or those whose thesis is well advanced but not yet finalized.

Degree equivalency

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

English or French

Information on language requirements

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

In support of achieving a diversified workforce, priority may be given to candidates self-declaring as belonging to one of the following employment equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and women.

Conditions of employment

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

NOTE: Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security related documents.

The student should be willing to start on September 3, 2024 or as soon as letter of offer is prepared and signed. It is expected that the student work a maximum of 25 hours per week and should be willing to commit for a maximum period of twelve (12) months.

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

The candidate must:

• be available for a period of up to twelve months between September 2024 and September 2025

• be enrolled in a doctoral program, working towards a PhD on a topic of relevance to Canada’s foreign policy priorities. Furthermore, the candidate must have successfully attained candidacy status at the time of application, including having completed all course work and examination requirements, in addition to an approved dissertation proposal;

• 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;

• confirm to the eligibility criteria of the Research Affiliate Program. Shortlisted candidates will be required to obtain a Secret security clearance in order to finalize the selection procedure.

* While non-Canadians residing in and eligible to work in Canada 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.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.

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).

Persons are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Students are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Applications will be accepted on-line only. Please click on the button “Apply NOW” below.

Persons with disabilities who cannot apply online are asked to send a message to the email address below under Contact information.


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

Victoria Petrova - Human Resources Advisor
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