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International Policy Ideas Challenge 2016

Posted by GHO Admin on February 10, 2016 in Events

Application Deadline: March 31, 2016

Tapping into Canada’s Graduate Student Talent for Innovative International Policy Ideas

Global Affairs Canada is pleased to announce the inaugural International Policy Ideas Challenge, designed to identify concrete innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges by drawing on the network of talented graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Canada.


The top 10 entries will be invited to pitch their proposal virtually to a jury. Three winning entries will receive $1,000 each, plus an additional $2,000 to finalize and present their idea to policy officials in Ottawa.


Ideas should be linked to the following research priorities, but proposals related to other emerging issues and trends affecting Canadian international policy will be considered:

  • strengthening Canada’s relations with North American partners, particularly the United States;
  • adopting a North American approach to climate change and clean energy;
  • reenergizing Canadian diplomacy and leadership in managing complex international crises;
  • partnering with non-state actors in addressing global governance challenges; and
  • making better use of data and technology in the development of international policy.

Proposal requirements

Proposals related to one of the research priorities identified above should:

  • not exceed 750 words;
  • briefly explain why the topic was chosen; and
  • sketch out the idea and preliminary policy implications.

For more information please visit the Challenge website.