Frequently Asked Questions

1. Must individuals be nominated for the fellowship?
No. Candidates apply for the fellowship.

2. Is there an age limit for participation in the fellowship program?
Yes, candidates must be between the ages of 18-35 at the time of application.

3. What is the deadline for the submission of applications?
All application documents and supporting letters must be uploaded and submitted online by 5 p.m. PT, April 21, 2017.

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

5. To whom should I address my application?
Applications should be addressed to the Your Energy Future, National Selection Committee.

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

7. Is the program open to all disciplines or only those related to public policy and leadership?
The 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. Is this a full-time program?
No. While the commitment to the program is substantial, the fellowship year is to be undertaken in conjunction with participants’ other work or studies.

11. What is the time commitment for participation in the Your Energy Future Program?
The time commitment is substantial. Participants must be available to travel and participate in four to five, four-to-eight-day (scheduled around weekends) intensive study tours during the program. Study tours will be held in different cities across Canada, including but not limited to Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Learn more about the working conferences in 2017/18.

12. 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.

13. Are costs related to participation in the working conferences covered?
Travel and accommodation costs for all components of the program are covered, according to federal government travel directives. Meals are also provided as part of each study tour program.