Government Updates

Global Affairs Canada Announces New Funding
and Support for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

On March 8, marking International Women’s Day, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie—along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—announced
an investment of $650 million over three years in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
As part of its strong commitment to gender equality and a feminist lens, Canada is taking a leadership role
by championing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally.

Read more about this exciting news here.

2017 International Policy Ideas Challenge

Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the second edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge designed to identify concrete innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada. Proposals should offer solutions bridging at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate—foreign policy, trade, and international development. The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and civil society researchers.



Ten selected finalists will be given several months to further develop their proposals into policy briefs, which will then be presented to Government of Canada officials. They will be expected to present their research in a special day-long symposium, hosted by GAC in Ottawa in November 2017, to be organized as part of SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. Ten winning projects will receive $3,000 each (regardless of whether the proposal is submitted by an individual or a team). In addition to this award, travel expenses of up to $800 per project will be covered to facilitate the finalists’ participation in the presentation session and the SSHRC Knowledge Summit in Ottawa in November.


The application deadline is Monday, March 13.


International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017 invites applications from:
–Graduate students (MA and PhD levels) or post-doctoral fellows;

–Civil society researchers affiliated with a non-profit organization (e.g., a non-governmental organization or a think tank) who are within five years of graduation from a graduate program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary educational institution

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. For team applications, only the lead researcher is expected to meet the above requirements.

To learn more about eligibility, proposal themes, and application procedures, please visit the International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017 website: (English) (French)

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