The Graduate Fellows program with GAC 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.

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 students develop a high degree of substantive expertise on the subject matter of the project. The second phase is the policy brief stage, when students co-author a briefing note that draws on their collective research from the first phase. The third phase is the presentation phase where students are given an opportunity to present their briefing notes and the findings of their research to, and receive critical feedback from, policy experts with global experience. Following the presentation, students are invited to revise their briefing notes based on the feedback they received prior to submitting the notes for publication.

2024 Individual Policy Briefs

Africa and Asia

Africa-Engagement Framework: An Opportunity for Canada
Frederick Okello, Mark Pompilii and Karson Simpson
Mentors: Dr. Ann Fitz-Gerald, Manel Miaadi and Abdiasis Issa

India’s Potential as a Growing Digital Economy: An Opportunity for Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
Alessandro DiRaimo, Matthew Olsen, and Alexander Waworuntu
Mentors: Randolph Mank, Hari Jnawali and Brandon Dickson

Trade and Economy

The Future of Currency: Defining Canada’s Role in Global Digital Monetary Reform
Michelle Ehinlaiye, Ethan Ellsmere, and Claudia Gallant
Mentors: Dr. Colin Chia and Leah Cabral

Energy Greenification and a Net-Zero Industrial Transformation in Canada
Joanne Joseph, Anjali Patel and Matthew Vucic
Mentors: Dr. Jatin Nathwani and Sarah Norton

Development Assistance and Environment

Conflict, Sanctions and Arms Control

Urban Damage and Civilian Casualties in Ukraine
Abigail Ollila, Halyna Padalko and Roman Vysochanskyy
Mentors: Dr. Stephen Evans

Canada’s Sanctions Regime: Curving the Edges of a Blunt Tool
Saad Hammadi, Mallory Haggith and Keegan McNaught
Mentors: Dr. Andrew Thompson and Maral Niazi

Redefining Canada’s Role in an Evolving Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Regime
Ryan Durante, Paige Martin and Kirat Singh
Mentors: Jill Sinclair, Justin Dell and Eric Hubberstey

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