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 enables one to two mid-career professionals each year to spend six to twelve months at a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. Fellows come from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks.
- 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.
Although the program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Canada, applicants with prior experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to their career.
The fellowship runs between six and twelve months. The program awards a stipend of $110,000 for a period of twelve months (or a prorated amount if the duration is shorter) as well as a modest travel allowance. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR and are ineligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.
CFR will work with its network of contacts to assist selected fellows in finding a host organization that best matches the fellow’s proposed work in Canada. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.
Selection as an IAF in Canada is based on 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. The selection committee chooses one to two candidates each year as fellows.
How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31, 2023, for the 2024–25 application cycle.
Affiliations at the time of the award
Cofounder, Rende Progress Capital
A complete list of former International Affairs Fellows in Canada is available here.
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