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The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship

The Foreign Policy Research Division of Global Affairs Canada manages the annual Cadieux-Léger Fellowship. The Fellowship provides a doctoral student with direct experience in a policy research environment focused on the diverse challenges facing Canadian foreign policy.

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About the Fellowship

The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship is awarded annually to a doctoral student undertaking research on a topic of relevance to Global Affairs Canada. The Fellow is integrated as an analyst in the Foreign Policy Research Division at Global Affairs Canada and works on:

  1. conducting research
  2. writing short papers or briefs
  3. participating in the policy development process, including networking with internal and external experts and contributing to policy working groups

The Fellow is expected to build networks within Global Affairs Canada, the Government of Canada and with external experts. A particular emphasis is placed on identifying and engaging new sets of stakeholders.

The Fellow is expected to work a maximum of 25 hours per week and should be willing to commit for a maximum period of twelve months.

The Fellow will receive a total bursary not greater than $48,000, dependent on the number of months in the position.

Who is eligible

Interested candidates should be enrolled in a doctoral program as a full-time student at the time of application and for the duration of the Fellowship. Candidates should have completed all course work and examination requirements and have an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application.

Candidates should be working towards a PhD on a topic of relevance to Canada’s foreign policy priorities. Specialization of studies should be in political science, international relations, economics, law or related programs.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How to apply

The call for applications is advertised annually on Government of Canada jobs portal, generally in December. Candidates must apply through this portal.

As part of the application process, candidates will be asked to provide a research proposal on a significant foreign policy issue linked to Global Affairs Canada’s mandate and its implications for Canada.

2022-2023 Cadieux-Léger Fellow


Dur-e-Aden is the Cadieux-Léger Fellow for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. She is a PhD candidate studying International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the mobilization of individuals within the radical right-wing groups in Canada through a gendered lens. She is a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholar, a Junior Affiliate at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Apart from being a graduate student, she has completed multiple work terms with federal departments such as Public Safety Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and the Department of National Defense. Her goal is to bridge the academic/policy divide by gaining experience in both domains.

History of the Fellowship

The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship was established in 1991 and is named for Marcel Cadieux (1915 to 1981) and Jules Léger (1913 to 1980). Cadieux and Léger were important individuals in the department’s history and their namesake extends beyond this Fellowship. The Global Affairs Canada building at 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, is also home to the Jules Léger Library, which includes his personal book collection, and the Cadieux Auditorium. Both Cadieux and Léger held the position of under-secretary of state for external affairs, now called deputy minister of foreign affairs.

Marcel Cadieux joined the Department of External Affairs in 1941. He was a law professor, author of several books on Canadian diplomacy, and held the position of legal advisor to the department beginning in 1956. He was also the first Canadian to sit on the United Nations International Law Commission. Later in his career, Cadieux became ambassador to the United States and head of the Mission of Canada to the European Communities.

Jules Léger joined the Department of External Affairs in 1940. He became ambassador to Mexico, Italy, France, and Belgium and Luxembourg, and represented Canada on the North Atlantic Council and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation. Later in 1974, he became Canada’s 21st governor general, a position he held until 1979. Six months after being sworn in as governor general, Léger suffered a stroke. His wife Gabrielle took on many of his duties, including reading part of the Speech from the Throne that year. Her contributions in his time of illness were recognized through her inclusion in his official portrait, the only spouse to have such an honour. By the end of 1974, he was able to resume his full duties. Gabrielle stayed actively involved in his work and they dedicated their time to supporting cultural, artistic and scholarly excellence across Canada. The Légers are also the namesake of other fellowships and prizes at various institutions across Canada.

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