International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

The Program

Launched in 2016, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in 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 U.S. citizens 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.

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. Official selections will be made by January, and the fellowship will commence in September.


The IAF in Canada is open only to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Canada relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens.

Selection Process

Fellows are selected on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments and promise, the merits and feasibility of their specific research or action proposals, character and personal qualities conducive to promoting cross-cultural communication and cooperation, and the contribution that the proposed research or professional activity will make to the applicant’s individual career development.

The selection process is highly competitive. CFR invites the most qualified candidates for in-person interviews. Based on the overall application and the results of the interviews, the selection committee awards the fellowship to the strongest candidates.

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.

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