The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving Canada's relations with Asia. APF Canada provides clear, specific, and actionable policy advice and leadership based on sound research and analysis. Our work, which includes research reports, surveys, statistics, opinion-editorials, and a daily Canada-Asia News Service, is publicly accessible on our website and available via free subscription. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on: expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada's expertise in offering solutions to Asia's climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians' general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.
APF Canada is recruiting up to two recent graduates in fields such as economics, business, computer science, applied mathematics, finance, or data science for a one-year scholarship in the role of Applied Policy Research Analyst (APRA). Successful applicants must demonstrate functional proficiency in one of the above fields of study that could support APF Canada’s mandate, both in terms of its organizational development and its internal programs and research. The selection of candidates will be based on abilities, academic excellence, and fit with the Foundation’s specific organizational needs.
The APRA scholarship offers quantitatively minded individuals an opportunity to contribute to the strengthening of Canada’s economic ties with Asia and the strategic positioning of Canada for a global economy increasingly centred around the Asia Pacific region.
The APRAs are expected to work from the Foundation’s Vancouver office and to divide their time between a long-term project (to be negotiated between the APRAs and the research team) and participate in day-to-day activities. APF Canada is specifically looking for APRAs with experience in:
- Analyzing large datasets, i.e. economic or business data
- Writing reports for a business audience
- Publishing research findings in new content formats, i.e. data visualization, video blogs, social media
- Using code-based analytics packages such as Python, R, Stata, etc.
- Knowledge of the Asia Pacific region is considered an asset
APRAs will also be responsible for:
- Contributing to the Foundation’s ongoing research projects;
- Assisting in the composition and distribution of the daily Canada-Asia News Service; and,
- Participating in and contributing to APF Canada Research Group meetings, as well as other meetings and activities in the Canadian and Asian policy communities.
Applicants must also complete a quantitative research/analytics project. Examples of such projects could include (but are not limited to):
- Market surveys
- Database development and data visualization
- Trade and investment analysis
- Macroeconomic analysis
- Financial Analysis
Applied policy scholarships are for one year. They normally begin in August or September, although the Foundation will consider later start dates on a case-by-case basis.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have graduated with a degree related to economics, business, computer science, applied mathematics finance, or data management within the last 18 months are encouraged to apply. A postgraduate degree is an advantage, although applications with exceptional undergraduate records are also encouraged to apply.
Applications, accepted in English and/or French, can be sent in writing or via email (PDF format) to the address below. Applications should include:
- A cover letter outlining the applicant’s suitability for the role and the desired starting date;
- A CV detailing the applicant’s professional and academic background;
- A 500-word project proposal based on the applicant’s understanding of the Foundation’s work; and,
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant. If sending hard copies, referees should mail them directly to the Foundation at the address below. If sending by email, the letter should be in the form of a signed PDF document, sent from the referee’s institutional (e.g. university) email address.
Scholarships are between $38,000 and $45,000, depending on education and experience. In addition to the scholarship, travel funds are also available to help APRAs with their research.
Review of applications will take place starting on February 28, 2019 and will continue until the appropriate candidate(s) is identified. The Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information on how to apply, please visit: http://www.asiapacific.ca/grants/post-graduate-research-fellowships. For a list of current and former post-graduate research scholars please visit: https://www.asiapacific.ca/grants/grant-recipients
For additional questions, please contact:
900- 675 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1N2
This posting is available in French upon request.