Post-Graduate Research Fellowships

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and analysts. To this end, it offers up to three Post-Graduate Research Fellowships valued at $40,000 for Master’s graduates and $42,000 for PhD graduates for a one-year non-renewable term. Successful applicants will have a background in Asia-related research in a variety of fields, including (but not limited to) social sciences, humanities, business, education, statistics, and natural sciences, and will be based on excellence and fit with the Foundation’s research priorities (energy and the environment; trade and investment; education; and sub-national relations with Asia.) Grants are not intended to support dissertation research.

During their time at the Foundation, Post-Graduate Research Fellows undertake a guided research project with a view to producing a policy paper of 5,000-8,000 words on a mutually-agreed upon topic. They can also take advantage of occasional skills-building workshops offered to staff members at the Foundation.

Post-Graduate Research Fellows are based in the APF’s Vancouver office. In addition to composing a research project, Fellows are expected to participate in the Foundation’s day-to-day activities, including:

• Contributing to the Foundation’s ongoing research projects (which include, but are not limited to, energy and the environment, trade and investment, two-way human capital flows and provincial-level engagement of Asia);

• Assisting in the composition and distribution of the daily Canada-Asia news service;

• Providing assistance in hosting roundtables, conferences and meetings both in-house and off-site;

• Participating in and contributing to APF Canada Research Group meetings, as well as other meetings and activities in the Canadian and Asian policy communities; and

• Assisting with other on-going Foundation research.

For questions, or to speak with a current Post-Graduate Research Fellow, please contact Serena Ko at

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have graduated from a Master’s or doctoral program within 18 months of the application (as defined by the date of the graduation ceremony) are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants receive $40,000 for Master’s graduates and $42,000 for PhD graduates for a one-year non-renewable term. A relocation amount of up to $1,000 will be given to cover the moving expenses for out-of-town recipients.

Travel Allowance
Post-Graduate Research Fellows can request some funding support for travel related to their activities at the Foundation. This includes travel for conferences, workshops or research programs. These requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Travel Funds – The Yuen Pau Woo Travel Award
Established in 2015 through a donation from former Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada President, Senator Yuen Pau Woo, the Yuen Pau Woo Travel Award is awarded annually in the amount of up to $2,000 to one or more outstanding Post-Graduate Research Fellows.

The Award is intended to supplement the Foundation’s Post-Graduate Research Fellowship program, and supports travel related to research, fieldwork, conferences and other initiatives undertaken by Post-Graduate Research Fellows.

To contribute to the Yuen Pau Woo Travel Award fund, click here.

Start/End Dates
Fellowships run for 12 months and normally begin between July and September. In special circumstances, Fellows will be able to start at a later date.

Disbursement of Funds 
Payments will be made to the recipient in quarterly installments.

Application Procedures
Applications should include:

•A cover letter and résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background;

• A writing sample (published or unpublished);

• A 500-750 word description of the project that would be undertaken at the Foundation.

• Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant. If sending hard copies, referees should mail them directly to the Foundation at the address below. If sending by email, the letter should be in the form of a signed PDF document, sent from the referee’s institutional (e.g., university) email address.

Application Deadline
The 2018-2019 award year will begin receiving applications February 1st, 2018 and will close April 30th, 2018. All application documents, including both letters of recommendation, must be received by this date. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews, and successful applicants will be notified in May.

Where to Apply
Applications and questions may be emailed to: (subject headline must indicate “PGRF 2018-2019 Application”) or mailed to:

Serena Ko – Research Grants Program
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
900-675 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, B.C.
V6B 1N2

Applications are accepted in English and French.

*The Foundation reserves the right to cite the results of research funded under the grants program, and grant recipients may be called upon for media and outreach activities coordinated by the Foundation.