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Call for Applications: Junior Research Scholarship | Asia Pacific-Canada Indigenous Peoples Relations

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 3-month Junior Research Scholarship for applicants with a background and interest in Indigenous – Asia Pacific business relations. Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled in an upper-level undergraduate or masters-level program, or who have completed their degree programs within the previous 12 months, and able to work full-time for the duration of the scholarship. The successful applicant will be notified in mid-December 2018.

The Scholar will work at the Foundation’s Vancouver office, with possibility of working off-site, and will complete work related to the Foundation’s “The Indigenous Factor of Canada-Asia Relations” project.

Desired Skills and Abilities

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Declared major or coursework in one of the following fields: Asian Studies, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Political Science, History, Economics, Business, or Commerce;
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of contemporary Indigenous Canada;
  • Proven intercultural awareness;
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations, communities, and/or businesses;
  • Demonstrated interest in contemporary Canada-Asia relations, including policy, business, trade and education issues;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Benefits to the Scholar

The Scholar will work under the mentorship of one or more of the Foundation’s program managers, and will engage in the following activities:

  • Gathering, sorting and analyzing data related to Canada Indigenous – Asia Pacific relations;
  • Developing a feasibility study, strategy, and/or materials focused on Indigenous – Asia Pacific relations related programming;
  • Working under the guidance of the Foundation’s program team to develop one project, event, blog, or other deliverable related to Indigenous-Asia Pacific relations among youth or businesses;
  • Other duties, as needed.


Applicants should be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or masters student at a Canadian university or college or who have completed their degree within the last 12 months and be eligible to work in Canada.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to work out of the Foundation’s head office in downtown Vancouver and be willing to contribute 37.5 hours per week during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). The scholar will not be required to work on statutory holidays.


The Junior Research Scholarship grant will be for C$ 8,400. The grant will be paid in equal installments at the end of each month.

Start/End Dates 

The successful applicant should be able to complete the scholarship for 3 months, from January 7 to March 31, 2019.

Application Procedures

Applications should include the following:

  • Résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background (degree, major(s), awards, etc.), research skills, and professional experience;
  • 1-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests, career interests and goals, how they hope to benefit from the scholarship, and why they are interested in working in the thematic area specified in the call for applications;
  • A short writing sample (no more than 15 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 scholarship.


Applications should be submitted by email to Serena Ko at, and should reference “Junior Research Scholarship – Asia-Indigenous Relations” in the subject line.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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