Research & Study Opportunities

Please find below the most recent research and study opportunities sent to the Department of Political Science.

2021 Virtual NATO Field School and Simulation Program

Simon Fraser University’s Department of Political Science is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Virtual NATO Field School and Simulation Program in collaboration with the NATO Defense College in Rome and Canada’s Delegation to NATO. The entirely remote program will bring graduate and undergraduate students from NATO member-states together in the summer term to gain experience in international relations and diplomacy, for which students earn 6 graduate or 12 undergraduate political science credits. Our field school’s goal is to equip future leaders with the confidence, skills and experience to prepare them for a career in various national and international defence, security and foreign policy sectors.

During the 12-week virtual summer program students will:

·       Learn through engagement, experience, observation, practice, and professional interaction with senior officials from Canada and Europe

·       Gain hands-on experience in political strategy, foreign policy formation, politico-military coordination, multilateral negotiation, strategic communication, cyber and information security, and media relations.

·       Receive specialized negotiation and diplomatic training from NATO officials

·       Interact with junior officials, regular soldiers, and interns all the way to senior politicians, generals and ambassadors who will share their experience, how they work, and what it takes to do multi-lateral security.

Please see website for more information about the schedule, eligibility and application process. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

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EU-Russia Relations MOOC, University of Tartu, Estonia

Five-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about EU-Russia relations and we would like to give students around the globe the opportunity to participate.

During the course students  are going to learn about the historical and institutional framework of EU-Russia relations; EU and Russia’s relevant foreign policy actors and institutions, involved in shaping bilateral relations; as well as contested areas of EU and Russia’s interactions in shared neighborhood and energy relations. The course will provide students with both theoretical knowledge and sector specific expertise covered by practitioners coming from HEIs, NGOs and EU institutions such as members of the European Parliament, representatives of the Union of European Federalists, Estonia-Russia CBC programme and Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in practice through completing a short mini-project, focused on media analysis of sources dealing with the state of EU-Russia affairs. The MOOC is worth 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and upon successful completion of the course students receive a certificate.

National Competition for Students

The Building Better Financial Futures Challenge is a national student competition hosted by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC; a Government of Canada agency).

We are looking for outstanding undergraduate/graduate student papers that recommend actionable, evidence-based, solutions to current challenges faced by vulnerable communities related to personal finance, financial consumer protection, and/or financial literacy (e.g. managing debt, budgeting, saving money, navigating the financial marketplace).

The Review of Financial Literacy Research in Canada: Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis provides background research that students can use. It describes some current and planned financial literacy research projects and identifies existing knowledge gaps.

The paper and submission requirements can be found online at Building Better Financial Futures Challenge.

How professors can participate:

  1. Include the paper in your course syllabus (and let us know so that we can support you).
  2. Share the competition details below with your students – e.g., via email or on a class slide.
  3. Forward this email to colleagues and students.

For your convenience, here is a sharable summary:

National Student Paper Competition: The Building Better Financial Futures Challenge

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2021

All competition details can be found at:

Submit papers to:

Outcome: Selected authors will have their papers published by the Government of Canada and will present their paper to the financial literacy and consumer protection communities.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) at the following email: