Junior Research Fellowships

Please note that we only accept applications for specific Junior Research Fellowship opportunities advertised on our Employment Opportunities page. 

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering short-term Junior Research Fellowships on an ongoing basis to Canadians who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or master’s-level programs, or who have completed their degree programs within 12 months of the application deadline.

During their terms, Junior Research Fellows work at the Foundation’s Vancouver or Toronto office, and complete a program of research and other work related to one of the Foundation’s broad thematic areas (trade and investment; energy and the environment; provincial-level engagement of Asia; and international education). The required qualifications, as well as the length of the grant period, will vary with each grant opportunity. For a list of current opportunities, please see the Foundation’s Employment Opportunities page. 

Benefits to Junior Research Fellows
Junior Research Fellows will work under the mentorship of one or more of the Foundation’s program or project managers, and will engage in primarily two types of activities:

• Working as a part of one of the Foundation’s research teams, including hands-on experience in contributing to a current Foundation project;

• Developing one or more short analytical essays related to that same thematic area, and suitable for one of the Foundation’s web-based publications.

Please direct all enquiries to Serena Ko at serena.ko@asiapacific.ca. No phone calls please.

Eligibility
Applicants should be
• Canadian citizens or permanent residents. International students with an off-campus work permit will be considered in some cases.

• available to work at the Foundation’s Vancouver or Toronto offices

• enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s-level program. Recent graduates may also apply as long as they have completed their degree programs no later than 12 months prior to the application deadline

Compensation
The amount of the grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and will generally fall within a range of $1,000 - $4,000.

Start/End Dates
Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, and grant periods will range from approximately six weeks to four months. The length of the grant period, as well as the specific start and end dates, will be noted on each call for applications.

Application Procedures
Applications should include the following:

• A résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background, skills and professional experiences;

• A short writing sample (published or unpublished);

• A copy of the applicant’s university transcript (scanned or electronic copies will suffice);

• A 1-2-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s career interests and goals, how they hope to benefit from the fellowship, and why they are interested in working in the thematic area specified in the call for applications.

• Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for two references. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the fellowship.

Applications should be submitted by email to Serena Ko at serena.ko@asiapacific.ca, and should reference “Junior Research Fellowship” in the subject line.

Applications are accepted in English and French.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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