Skip to navigation Skip to Log in Skipt to main content

International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017

Opportunity Detail

We are pleased to inform you that the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is partnering with Global Affairs Canada on the second International Policy Ideas Challenge, which seeks to tap into Canada’s emerging scholars and graduate student talent for international policy ideas. Postdoctoral fellow and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities are invited to put forward short policy proposals on emerging trends and issues affecting key priorities in Canadian international policy. The deadline for submission is March 13th, 2017. Full contest rules can be found on the Global Affairs Canada website: I encourage you to share the attached competition poster with the schools of international affairs and graduate studies offices at your institutions, as well as within your wider network. For more information, please contact Global Affairs Canada at the above noted website. Sincerely, Valérie Laflamme, PhD


Proposals should: •not exceed 750 words; •offer solutions addressing the connections between at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate - foreign policy, trade, and international development; •be related to one of the research priority themes identified above or justify the choice of a different topic; •explain why the issue should matter to policy makers; •sketch out the idea and preliminary policy implications; •include a brief methodology; •draw out original perspectives and innovative solutions. Proposals that adopt a multi-disciplinary approach will be given priority. Collaboration (e.g., between researchers from different sectors or countries) is encouraged if it strengthens the quality of the project.


Application deadline March 13, 2017

Sponsored BySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

For More Information
Call Valérie Laflamme
Contact Us By Email
Visit Our Website
Mailing Address
Ottawa, ON

Opportunity Details

Date PostedFeb 1, 2017
Start DateFeb 1, 2017
End DateMar 13, 2017
Apply BeforeMar 13, 2017
Award Type
St. George
Mississauga (UTM)
Scarborough (UTSC)
Level Of Study
Subject Areas
Social Sciences
School of Graduate Studies
Ten winning projects will receive $3,000 each (regardless of whether the proposal is submitted by an individual or a team). The award will be made upon the submission of the final product to Global Affairs Canada. In addition to the award, travel expenses of up to $800 per project will be covered to facilitate the finalists’ participation in the presentation session and the SSHRC Knowledge Summit in Ottawa in November. A supplement may be available to researchers travelling long distances in order to partially offset the higher cost of airfare.
The Policy Ideas Challenge invites applications from: •graduate students (MA and PhD level) or post-doctoral fellows; •civil society researchers affiliated with a non-profit organization (e.g., a non-governmental organization or a think tank) who are within five years of graduation from a graduate program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary educational institution. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. For team applications, only the lead researcher is expected to meet the above requirements. The lead researcher may include collaborators from another country or sector to support the project in an advisory capacity. No monetary award will be given to collaborators.