Fellowships

International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

The Program

Launched in 2016, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Canada, sponsored by the Power Corporation of Canada, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two mid-career professionals per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. CFR will work with its network of contacts to assist the fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Canada. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must be mid-career professionals
  • Applicants must possess a strong record of professional achievement
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Canada relations
  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is between six and twelve months. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months as well as a modest travel allowance. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis. To initiate this year’s online application, please fill out the application form below. Those selected for the fellowship are notified in December.

Fellowship Application

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Personal Information

I certify that I have reviewed and meet the eligibilty requirements as listed above.

Selection Process

Selection as an IAF in Canada is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Scholarly qualifications
  • Professional experience
  • Firm grounding in foreign policy
  • Merits and feasibility of a project proposal that relates to U.S.-Canada relations
  • Character and personal qualities conducive to promoting cross-cultural communication and cooperation

The selection process is highly competitive. Based on the overall application, the selection committee chooses one to two candidates to be fellows. CFR will work with the selected fellows to place them in suitable host organizations. Placements are made at the discretion of host organizations. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.

2017–2018 Fellow

Affiliation at time of award

Lindsay L. Rodman, Senior Advisor, International Humanitarian Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) 

“I’m excited to bring my broad experience within the U.S. defense establishment to my fellowship year at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, where I will focus on the American-Canadian bilateral defense relationship.”
"I’m excited to bring my broad experience within the U.S. defense establishment to my fellowship year at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, where I will focus on the American-Canadian bilateral defense relationship.” - Lindsay L. Rodman, inaugural CFR International Affairs Fellow in Canada, who previously held positions in the U.S. Defense Department, both in uniform as a U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate and later as a civilian political appointee

 

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fellowships@cfr.org

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