Frequently Asked Questions

1. Must individuals be nominated for the Action Canada fellowship?
No. Starting in 2015, Action Canada candidates apply for the fellowship.

2. Is there an age limit for participation in the Action Canada fellowship program?
No. There is no age limit for candidates. Action Canada is for individuals in the early stages of their careers. Therefore, the age range of candidates varies.

3. What is the deadline for the submission of applications?
All application documents and supporting letters must be uploaded and submitted online by 5:00 pm PT Friday, 13 February 2015. Hard-copy, faxed or emailed documents will not be accepted.

4. Should the candidate submit the letters of reference? Should the referees email or mail them directly to Action Canada?
No.  The candidate is to provide, online, the contact information for three referees.  The three referees will automatically be sent a link via email to upload their reference letters.

5. To whom should I address my application?
Your application should be addressed to the Action Canada National Selection Committee.

6. Must Action Canada Fellows be enrolled in graduate studies, or have post-secondary or graduate/professional degrees?
No. The Action Canada Fellowship is directed towards individuals in the early stages of their careers. There are no degree requirements.

7. Is the Action Canada Fellowship program open to all disciplines or only those related to public policy and leadership?
The Action Canada program is not specific to a particular discipline.  It is open to candidates from different educational backgrounds and work experiences.

8. Must candidates be Canadian citizens?
Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

9. What should I provide as proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status?
Acceptable proof includes a scanned copy of a passport, a birth certificate or a permanent resident card.

10. Can Canadians working or studying outside of Canada participate in the program?
Yes. Canadians working or studying abroad are eligible to participate in the program. Each fellowship year, no more than two candidates who are working or studying outside of Canada will be selected.

11. Is Action Canada a full-time program?
No. While the commitment to Action Canada is substantial, the fellowship year is to be undertaken in conjunction with Fellows’ other work or studies.

12. What is the time commitment for participation in the Action Canada Program?
The time commitment is substantial. Fellows must be available to travel and participate in five, five-to-eight-day (scheduled around weekends) intensive working conferences during their fellowship year. One will be held in Ottawa and the others in Canadian locations to be selected annually.

As well, Fellows must be available to travel and participate in up to three additional Task Force meeting days/overnight stays, which will be scheduled immediately preceding or after the working conference dates.

The dates for the 2015/2016 working conferences are:

  • 3 – 7 June 2015
  • 23 – 28 June 2015
  • 8 days in late August to early October 2015 (exact dates to be confirmed by May 2015)
  • 4 – 8 November 2015
  • 1 – 7 February 2016

13. When does the Action Canada Fellowship year begin and end?
The fellowship year begins 15 May and concludes 31 March each Fellowship year.

14. How will the Fellows’ public policy project(s) be selected?
Fellows will select their public policy projects in consultation with Action Canada.

15. Where can we find information about past Fellows’ public policy projects?
Review Fellows’ public policy projects here.  And, screen highlights of Fellows’ Task Force public dialogues and Final Presentations here.

16. Are costs related to participation in the working conferences covered by Action Canada?
Travel and accommodation costs for the working conferences and the three additional Task Force meeting days, according to federal government travel directives, are covered by Action Canada.