The majority of students admitted to the programs based at the Balsillie School receive some form of financial assistance. Graduate students at the Balsillie School are eligible for a variety of scholarships. One of the goals of the School is to have all doctoral students receive some form of outside funding at some point in their PhD experience. To assist students, the PhD program conducts a “Grant Writing Seminar” at the beginning of each academic year.
The Graduate Fellowship is an award granted to select students of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) enrolled in either the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) or the Master’s of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) programs. The program complements the unique graduate studies experience at BSIA. It is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain mentorship and guidance from senior scholars as they advance their own policy research and writing skills. Since 2015, the Graduate Fellowship program has been run in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. For more information see Global Affairs Canada on our Program Partnerships page.
Under the program, clusters of three to four students are selected to participate in projects led by BSIA faculty that engage them in both independent and collective research and policy analysis. The program is divided into three phases. The first is the research phase, during which Fellows will develop a high degree of substantive expertise on the subject matter of the project. This phase will typically be completed in mid-January. Individual themes and outputs will be developed in consultation with the project mentor(s). During phase 1, mentors will be expected to meet on a regular basis with their teams to discuss the project, and to provide feedback on the research outputs. The principal purposes of the feedback are to assist Fellows in developing their research and analytical skills, and assist them in making the transition from phase 1 to phase 2 of the program.
The second phase is the policy brief stage, which typically runs from mid-January to early May. For this phase, Fellows will co-author a briefing note that draws on their collective research from the first phase. Briefing notes are to be 4 to 5 pages in length. Mentors are expected to work with their teams throughout this process and assist them in formulating policy recommendations. Students will present their briefing notes at a symposium at BSIA in April.
The third phase is the presentation phase, which since 2015 has included a day of oral briefings at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. Following the presentation in Ottawa, students will be invited to revise their briefing notes based on the feedback they received prior to submitting them for publication. The briefing notes are published in an annual Global Trends Report.
Read the Global Trends Reports here.