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Call for Applications: Junior Research Scholarship | Research on Canada-Asia Trade and Investment

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 three-month Junior Research Scholarship for applicants interested in learning more about Canada-Asia trade and investment relations. Applicants should be Canadians who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programs within 24 months of the application deadline of Sunday, December 16, 2018. The successful applicant will be notified in mid-December.

The Junior Research Scholar will work at the Foundation’s Vancouver office and will complete a program of research and other work related to the Foundation’s research. Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  1. Excellent research skills;
  2. Degree or significant coursework in economics and/or international relations;
  3. Good interpersonal skills;
  4. Interest in learning about the Canada-Asia trade and investment relations.

Benefits to the Junior Research Scholar

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

  • Working with the APF Canada’s research team in conducting research on Canada-Asia trade and investment relations;
  • Providing support to APF Canada Investment Monitor project;
  • Working under the guidance of the Foundation’s research team to produce one or more short analytical essays (700 – 1,000 words) on a topic chosen by the applicant in consultation with APF Canada staff.

Eligibility

Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program no later than 24 months prior to the application deadline.

The Junior Research Scholar will be encouraged to work out of the Foundation’s head office in downtown Vancouver, Monday to Friday, during normal office hours for five days a week.

Amount of Grant

The amount of the grant will be $8,400, and will be payable in three installments, the first at the beginning of the scholarship, the second at the midpoint of the scholarship, and the third upon successful completion of the scholarship deliverables (described under “Benefits to the Junior Research Scholar”).

Start/End Dates

The recipient should be able to complete the scholarship for three months between January 2019 and April 2019. There is a possibility of extension upon mutual agreement of the recipient and the Foundation.

Application Procedures

Applications should include the following:

  • Résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background, skills and professional experiences;
  • 1-2-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s 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;
  • Copy of applicant’s university undergraduate and master’s degree (if applicable) transcript(s) (scanned or electronic copies are sufficient);
  • An academic writing sample no more than 10 pages single spaced;
  • 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 scholarship.

Application documents should be submitted to jobs@asiapacific.ca, and should reference “Junior Research Scholarship” in the subject line.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications are considered on a rolling basis so please submit your application once it is prepared.

Student Ambassador Opportunity | Call for Applications: Two Student Ambassadors at the 2019 Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council Meeting in Hong Kong

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 two student ambassadorships for the upcoming Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council (ABLAC) meeting.

This opportunity will include: the chance to work with APF Canada during the upcoming ABLAC 2019 meeting, one roundtrip ticket from Vancouver to Hong Kong (economy class), hotel accommodations for three nights, and a meal per diem for two days.

The two student ambassadors will work under the mentorship of APF Canada’s Program Manager/Vice-President, and will engage in three types of activities:

  • In the lead-up and over the course of the ABLAC meetings, working with the APF Canada’s research team for the logistics of the ABLAC meeting in Hong Kong;
  • Attending the ABLAC 2019 sessions as an observer; and,
  • Working under the guidance of APF Canada’s research team to produce one or more blog pieces (700 – 1,000 words), to be finalized the week preceding the ABLAC meetings on a topic chosen by the applicant, in consultation with APF Canada staff.

 

Eligibility

Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 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.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of Asia topics (including: trade and investment, technology and innovation, government relations);
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills;
  • Good organization skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency in an Asian language would be an asset; and,
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) an asset.

 

Application Procedures

Applications should be received by Friday, December 21, 2018 and include the following:

  • Résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background, skills, and professional experiences;
  • 1-2-page cover letter detailing why they would make an excellent student ambassador, why they are interested in this opportunity, how they hope to benefit from the student ambassadorship, and the applicant’s career interests and goals;
  • Copy of applicant’s university transcript (scanned or electronic copies are sufficient);
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for one reference. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the ambassadorship; and,
  • Applications are accepted in English and French.

 

Please send all applications and direct all enquiries to Serena Ko at: serena.ko@asiapacific.ca, indicating “ABLAC 2019 Student Ambassador” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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