International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

The Program

Launched in 2016, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Canada, sponsored by 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.

A wonderful opportunity to explore U.S.-Canada relations. This fellowship was the chance of a lifetime.
Lindsay Rodman, Director of Communications and Legal Strategy, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (2017–2018 IAF in Canada)


  • 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.

Please note that 2021-2022 fellowship selection will be contingent on health conditions allowing travel to, and residence in, the host country.

The IAF in Canada provided a unique and unparalleled opportunity to learn about Canadian policy-making through effective engagement with government, civil society, and academia. It could not have come at a more appropriate time to observe this key bilateral relationship.
Michelle Egan, professor and Jean Monnet chair ad personam, School of International Service, American University (2018–2019 IAF in Canada)


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.

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. 

2020–21 Fellows

Affiliations at the time of the award

Christopher W. Bishop
Christopher W. Bishop

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Iris Ferguson
Iris Ferguson

Senior Advisor and Highly Qualified Expert, U.S. Air Force


A list of former fellows can be found online by visiting the Historical Roster of CFR’s International Affairs Fellows in Canada.

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