Scholarships and Awards

External Award: Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

October 28, 2016

Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation are offered by The Simons Foundation and the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

A total of four awards of CAD$5,000 are available to Canadian Master’s and/or Doctoral candidates to support the research and writing of an academic paper responding to a specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament (NACD) topic. Awards also include domestic travel support to Ottawa where successful candidates will present their completed papers during a special event at Global Affairs Canada Headquarters in February 2017 (date to be advised).


The competition is open to Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants currently enrolled in a graduate programme.  Graduate students studying outside Canada are eligible to apply but please note that funding to cover the cost of successful applicants' travel to Ottawa for the event at Global Affairs Canada in February is limited to domestic travel within Canada (or the equivalent).

Previous recipients of a Graduate Research Award are not eligible in order to expand the community of Canadian scholars working on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) issues.

How to Apply

Applications should be sent to Elaine Hynes at The Simons Foundation by email to: by the close of business (PST) on December 5, 2016.

Your application must include:

  • Your resume, including proof of citizenship status.
  • A complete, official transcript of your grades (electronic copies of official transcripts are acceptable).
  • An academic paper (1,500 words, MLA format) responding to one of the specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament topics shown below.

Essay Topics

  1. Some speculate that a decline in public concern about the impact of nuclear weapons since the Cold War has undermined the political will required to advance efforts for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Assess the overall impact of public opinion about nuclear weapons on non-proliferation and disarmament efforts – how does it rank as a factor in achieving a world free of nuclear weapons?
  2. The number of countries considering, or constructing, nuclear power plants continues to increase. Some of these are developing countries with weak control regimes. Will this trend increase the risk of weapons-useable fissile material being misplaced, acquired or diverted to clandestine purposes, or are current international verification and control mechanisms sufficient to address this risk?
  3. In light of recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa, has the Chemical Weapons Convention proven to be an effective instrument in eliminating chemical weapons, or should it be strengthened? Explain.
  4. What are the key legal issues pertaining to space debris remediation? How are they affecting the development of active debris removal technology, and how can they be addressed to promote new space debris remediation initiatives?

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