Global Affairs Canada - Centre for China Policy Research and Coherence

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The China Research Fellowship aims to deepen the Government of Canada’s understanding of China, and to foster the development of a next generation of Canadian policy makers and specialists who will be at the forefront in government, business, education and civil society.

The successful candidate will be integrated into the Centre for China Policy Research at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as a full-time senior analyst and will contribute knowledge to the area of China’s internal and international policies and policy drivers, and their impact on Canada-China relations through in-depth analysis and research.

Through this process, we are seeking an early-career post-doctoral fellow who wishes to pursue a career path bridging academia and policy making and is looking to contribute directly to informed and forward-looking China policies and responses.

The position is a twelve-month early career assignment with a salary based on relevant academic and work experience. Compensation may include contribution to statutory benefits (e.g. Employment Insurance).

Work environment

The Federal Public Service is stronger and most effective when we reflect the rich diversity of the Canadian population that we serve. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees feel empowered to be authentic. At GAC, we believe that by leveraging all available strengths that exist within the diversity of Canada’s population, we can reach the highest levels of professionalism, innovation and productivity. Don’t miss your opportunity to not only enjoy the unparalleled benefits of the public service, but to work for a department where your voice is heard, valued, respected and amplified. All candidates who believe they are qualified are encouraged to apply, including Black, other racialized and Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We encourage candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a member of one of these groups and complete the Employment Equity (EE) section of the application. If you would like to learn more about self-declaration, please consult this website:

Intent of the process

The purpose of this process is to staff two positions for a period of 12 months within the Centre for China Policy Research.

This is an early career opportunity for two 12-month terms for post-doctorate candidates, starting September 3, 2024.

For further information, please contact Martine Poitras at the Centre for China Policy Research (

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Emphasizing how the candidate’s knowledge and experience support Global Affairs Canada’s mandate, in particular with respect to China. Additionally, candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet ALL essential qualifications on the Statement of Merit Criteria."

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

  • A covering letter and resume MUST be submitted when applying for this selection process. It is your responsibility as a candidate to submit a cover letter that clearly explains and substantiates, in detail, how you meet each of the essential qualifications (education, experience, competencies AND abilities) associated with the positions for which you are applying. Please note that stating these qualifications have been met, and/or listing past or current responsibilities does not represent adequate substantiation. Please use the wording of each qualification as a header and then write one or two paragraphs for each explaining how, where and when (M-Y to M-Y) you obtained the experience. The resume will be considered a secondary source which could be used to validate the education and experience described in the cover letter. Failure to provide this information in the requested format may result in your application being rejected.


  • Applicants must be residing in Canada or Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have completed PhD Studies at a recognized institution of higher learning in any of the following areas: Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History, Economics or a related program, and who have completed a thesis related to the fields mentioned above which include a China specialty. Degree equivalency


  • Experience in preparation and publication of manuscripts


  • Excellent oral, technical written and interpersonal communication skills in English or French


  • Ability to take guided initiative and to work in an organized fashion within a fast-paced environment, including flexibility in shifting between independent and collaborative work and demonstrate collegiality and professionalism.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should provide an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Please note that only those selected for further assessment will be contacted and will need to provide the following documents by email to the contact of this process:

  • names and contact information of three (3) references
  • a complete transcript
  • a one-page research proposal on a significant foreign policy issue linked to Global Affairs Canada’s mandate and its implications for Canada-China relations
  • proof of successful completion of relevant doctoral studies
  • a sample paper or publication


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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