The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship

The Policy Research Division of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship.

The Cadieux-Léger Fellow is integrated in the Policy Research Division at DFATD as a full-fledged analyst.  

While at DFATD, the Fellow is expected to advance Canadian foreign policy and the Policy Staff's research agenda, which includes the following themes:

  1. Changing Societies: including urbanisation and mega-cities; migration and diasporas
  2. Global Rebalancing and Governance: including Asia’s rise
  3. Countries and Regions in Flux: including the future of Russia; the future of Africa
  4. Technology and Foreign Policy: including open government, big data/open data; science diplomacy
  5. A Sustainable Future: including implications of a changing Arctic

We welcome proposals in areas beyond these themes which have clear relevance to Canadian foreign policy priorities, such as global governance or innovation in the practice of diplomacy. The relevance and quality of the research proposal is an important factor in the selection process.

The Policy Staff develops its research based on an Open Policy Development Model (OPDM), adapting foreign policy making to the challenges of the 21st century. The OPDM aims to create a more efficient and collaborative work environment through knowledge-sharing, exchanging experience and ideas, as well as soliciting and welcoming input from a variety of stakeholders in new ways, from the beginning of the policy development process. In this respect, we expect the Fellow to build new networks within DFATD, the government and with external experts. We place a particular emphasis on consulting new sets of stakeholders whose good ideas can be engaged, leveraged and empowered.

The Fellow's work should include writing papers, offering presentations, and participating in the policy development process, including by networking with internal and external experts and contributing to policy working groups.

View the current and former Cadieux-Léger Fellows


The ideal candidate will:

  • be available from September 2014 to August 2015;
  • be working towards a PhD on a topic of relevance to Canada's foreign policy priorities;
  • be recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution in which they are presently enrolled and maintain this status during the whole fellowship period. Part-time students working on their thesis or recognized by the academic institution in which they are presently enrolled as having a disability will also be considered;
  • be required to do a supervised research work term; and
  • be enrolled in an academic program that includes supervised laboratory or field research related to a thesis or other major research project.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to obtain a Secret-level security clearance in order to finalize the selection procedure.

* While non-Canadians may apply, preference is given to Canadian citizens. A Canadian citizen is a person who was born in Canada or who has obtained Canadian citizenship.

Selection Criteria

Applying for the Cadieux-Léger Fellowship is done through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) (EXT14J-009309-000858). Only candidates that have completed this step of the process will be considered.

Interested candidates must provide the following information:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a complete transcript;
  • a one page research proposal on a significant foreign policy issue and its implications for Canada;
  • a one page paper demonstrating how the candidate can support the division’s current research themes, as listed above;
  • proof of enrolment for 2014-15 in a recognized academic institution;
  • a sample paper or publication; and
  • the names of three references.


The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship lasts up to twelve months and the Fellow will receive a total sum not greater than $48,000.

Application Information

The deadline for applications is no later than midnight, July 4, 2014. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Ottawa at his/her own expense.

Given the important volume of applications, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.