Employment Opportunities

There are three opportunities:

Policy Research Grant Call for Proposals on: Canadian Entrepreneurs Engaging with Asia

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's (APF Canada) Research Grants Program, funded through the proceeds of a conditional grant established by the Government of Canada, is designed to support research and informed discussion on Canada's relations with Asia. APF Canada is interested in supporting research that will highlight the experience of Canadian entrepreneurs that have or are planning on engaging Asia.

To that end, APF Canada is offering a Policy Research Grant (for CAD$1,800) for a project that provides original analysis, using both secondary and primary sources, on:

• Entrepreneurship in fields such as clean tech, innovation, and creative industries; and,
• Lesson learnt from sector-specific mentors, as well as new and established entrepreneurs that are engaging with Asian markets.

Project deliverable
The Grantee should prepare three 1,200-word reports to be submitted no later than August 31, 2017.

Application deadline
Proposals must be received by 5:00 pm PST March 27, 2017, and should include:
• 500-to-750-word description of the project;
• CV of the principal researcher and short bio for other members of the research team;
• Timeline for completion;
• Name, email address and phone number for primary contact;
• Relevant project experience; and,
• We accept proposals in both English and French.

Selection criteria
Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Established track record of research on relevant subjects;
• Demonstrated knowledge about the topic;
• Minimum of PhD candidate or equivalent level of experience in consultancy; and,
• Strength of proposal and the potential impact of the research.

APF Canada will notify the successful applicant by March 29, 2017. Successful applicants will receive 25% of the grant upon signing of the grant agreement, and 75% contingent upon satisfactory completion of the project.

For more information about the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's grants program, please see www.asiapacific.ca/grants.
Please send proposals and any enquiries to:
Serena Ko
Grants Manager
900-675 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 1N2
Tel: 604-630-1549
Email: serena.ko@asiapacific.ca


Junior MSME Research Assistant
Call for applications: micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development research

Position Description

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering a part-time, four-month Research Assistant position for applicants interested to work on the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership project focusing on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) growth in developing APEC economies. Applicants should be legally able to work in Canada and are currently enrolled in masters-level programs, or who have completed their degree programs within the previous 12 months. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2017.

The project is an initiative of APF Canada and funded by the Government of Canada. The objective of the Project is to build the potential of MSMEs in developing APEC economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. This will be achieved through the creation of an APEC SME Sub-Fund and the application of relevant Canadian MSME research, policy and management best practices.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:
• Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
• Experience in research related to micro, small and medium enterprise development in Asia;
• Demonstrated interest in contemporary Canada-Asia relations, including policy and trade issues; and
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (including strong MS Excel skills) and social media.

Benefits to the Research Assistant

The Fellow will work under the mentorship of one or more of the APF Canada's project directors, and will engage in two types of activities:

• Working with the APF's project director's in conducting quantitative and qualitative research important to Canada's micro, small and medium enterprise APEC agenda;
• Other ad-hoc project tasks.


Applicants should be legally able to work in Canada and are enrolled in a master's-level program. Recent graduates may also apply.

The applicant's degree does not have to be based in Canada.

The successful applicant will ideally work out of APF Canada's head office in downtown Vancouver during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm) for 3 days a week; and, will be responsible for producing:

1. Three analytic commentaries on micro, small and medium enterprises best practices; and
2. One quantitative analysis of currently available MSME datasets.


The Research Assistant position will be for C$8,000. The grant will be paid monthly in equal installments of C$2,000 at the end of each month.

Start/End Dates

The position will run from May 1 to August 18, 2017, with the possibility of extension.

Application Procedures

Applications should include the following:
• Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background (degree, major(s), awards, etc.), research skills, software/computer skills and professional experience;
• 1-page cover letter detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests and goals and why they are interested in researching MSMEs;
• A short writing sample (no more than 5 pages double-spaced in English);
• Copy of applicant's university transcript (scanned or electronic copies are acceptable);
• Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for one academic or professional reference. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the fellowship.

Applications should be submitted by email to Matthew Yong at matthew.yong@asiapacific.ca, and reference "Junior MSME Research Assistant position" in the subject line.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is March 20, 2017 at 11:59pm (PDT).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.



Call for Applications: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Post-Graduate Research Fellowships

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is committed to fostering the next generation of researchers and analysts. To that end, it offers three one-year fellowships for recent Master's and Doctoral graduates whose academic background and professional goals include policy-relevant issues in the contemporary Asia Pacific.

The Foundation welcomes applications from graduates in the social sciences, humanities, business, education, statistics, natural sciences, and other academic and professional programs. It also encourages proposals related to one of the following themes:

• Climate Change, Energy, Food Security
• Natural Resources, Clean Technology
• Immigration Policy
• Trade and investment
• Education
• Sub-national relations with Asia (see, for example, the "Asia Factor" www.theasiafactor.ca)
• Canada-China Relations

Post-Graduate Research Fellows are encouraged to complete their fellowship work at our Vancouver office, and generally divide their time between a self-directed research project on Canada-Asia relations (or other Asia-related topic with clear Canadian policy implications) and the Foundation's other activities.

PhD graduates receive $42,000 and M.A. graduates receive $40,000 for a one-year term. Moreover, fellows will be awarded an additional grant to pay for travel incurred in the pursuit of their research. Fellowships normally begin during the summer months, although the Foundation will consider later start dates on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and must have completed a Master's or Doctoral program no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline.

All applications must be received by April 7th, 2017. All applications must reference "PGRF" in the email subject line. For further information on how to apply, please visit:


For additional questions, please contact:
Serena Ko
900- 675 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1N2
Tel: 604-630-1549
Email: serena.ko@asiapacific.ca

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