Research Chairs in Policy, Law, and Governance
Number of recipients
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations to host exceptional scholars who conduct research important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome Fulbright Canada Research Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students and faculty, and the broader community. You can conduct your own research, work collaboratively with new colleagues, guest lecture at university courses, mentor students, lecture in public venues, network, and promote your research while representing the Fulbright program, and your home and host institutions. For specific information about this opportunity, visit the Fulbright Canada webpage for Research Chairs in Policy, Law, and Governance.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Specializations: In one or more of the core research areas of the School: conflict and security; environment and resources; global political economy; migration, mobilities and social policies; global institutions; diplomacy and justice; and STEM for global resilience.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Digitization and Democracy, McMaster University
Specializations: Online disinformation; online voting; digital activism; e-government; platform capitalism; digitization and shifting conceptions of public and private; the impacts of digitization political narratives and effects; online hate; democracies and cyberwar.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in International Studies, Université Laval
Specializations: Multidisciplinary methodology, international political economy, international law, security and conflict studies, geopolitics, international migration, international development, and international business and finance.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration, University of Ottawa
Specializations: Contemporary governance, public policy, public management, public administration, federalism.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice, University of Ottawa
Specializations: Study, protection and promotion of human rights across disciplines, sectors and geographic boundaries - Diversity, Identity, Inclusion and Equality; Conflict, Violence, (In)Security and War; Governance, Rights, and Rule of Law; Development, Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Science and Society, University of Ottawa
Specializations: Science, technology and society; science and innovation policy; science/policy interface; energy/energy technology policy; and technology governance.
Balsillie School of International Affairs
McMaster University, Department of Political Science
Université Laval, Graduate School of International Studies
University of Ottawa, Centre of Governance
University of Ottawa, School of Political Studies
University of Ottawa, Human Rights Research and Education Centre
University of Ottawa, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
Awards should fall within the academic year and are not available for the summer months only.
Applicants are encouraged to contact their preferred host institution to discuss research interests.
If proposing affiliation at a Francophone host institution, French language ability commensurate with the requirements of the project and the host institution is required.
Candidates may be considered for other Fulbright Canada award opportunities as appropriate. Identify host institutions in order of preference in the project statement and on the application form.
Most award themes are interdisciplinary; check other Fulbright Canada Research Chair awards for additional opportunities.
Research Chair Award Grantees to Canada receive a fixed sum:
US$25,000 for one semester (four months)
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world and is consistently ranked as having a very high quality of life. However, it is not an inexpensive place to live. The average cost of living in Canada is US$2,200 per month. Note that Toronto is one of the most expensive cities to live in Canada (US$4,000). The cost of living in Montreal is among the lowest for major cities in Canada (US$1,600). For additional information about how much it will cost you to live in Canada, please see the Government of Canada webpage.
Fall Orientation: The incoming cohort of U.S. Fulbright students and scholars to Canada are invited to a program of professional and personal development in Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, Ontario (early September). Fulbright Canada covers local costs (accommodations, meals, activities). Up to C$1,000 is provided to reimburse travel expenses to the Fall Orientation in Ottawa, Ontario.
Visiting Scholars Speakers Program: Up to C$1,000 for travel expenses to a different city or region of Canada can be granted on a competitive basis. Through this program, the scholar may present at professional conferences, offer formal presentations at other Canadian post-secondary institutions, and/or provide lectures or briefings to community groups. Preference is given to applications with a robust agenda.
Fulbright Canada Community Action Program: Granted on a competitive basis, up to C$8,000 for a unique community-focused initiative that provides awards to both grantees and alumni in any area of community action.
Fulbright Canada Community Leadership Program: Granted on a competitive basis, up to C$8,000 for current grantees and alumni of U.S. government (USG) sponsored exchange programs, with ideas for creative community and volunteer-based outreach projects in Canada.
Regional Travel Program: During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant for activities such as workshops, seminars, presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, curricular advising and similar projects at institutions in eligible WHA countries. (Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay).
The Regional Travel Program covers travel to and from the destination; lodging may be offered by the host institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once they are in country on their Fulbright grant. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program. Additional information can be found on the Regional Travel Program website.
Please note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
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All year long, the Canadians you meet will impress you with their warmth. Enjoy this opportunity to get to know us and to introduce us to your culture.
Canadian culture includes people and cultures from around the world. We are well known as one of the world’s great multicultural societies—and we’re proud of this distinction. Canada welcomes people from everywhere. We place a high value on tolerance. Our national human rights law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, disability and sexual orientation. Each province and territory of Canada has its own human rights code, too. Canadians have a strong sense of justice. This means we care about people’s rights in the workplace, in the court system, in our democracy and in our homes. Women’s rights are equally important. Our commitment to equality makes Canada a sought-after destination for international students and immigrants. Canada consistently ranks among the top countries in the world for quality of life.
Canadian universities, institutes, and internationally renowned think tanks support innovative and collaborative research and are typically situated in vibrant multicultural cities, in proximity to Canada’s diverse natural landscapes – making for an extraordinary professional and cultural experience. While Canada and the United States share a continent, deeply held core values, and countless points of collaboration, the two countries have distinct historical, cultural, and political realities.
For more information about Canada’s higher-educational institutions, please visit the Universities Canada website.
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