Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 2018-2019

Report on the 2018-2019 Graduate Research Awards
for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 

Winners of the 2018-2019 Graduate Research Awards
for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation


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COMPETITION DETAILS (updated January 11, 2019)

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 independent 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 on March 28, 2019.

  • Deadline for applications:                                       February 1, 2019
  • Selection of four award recipients:                        March 1, 2019
  • Presentations at GAC Headquarters in Ottawa:    March 28, 2019


Complete applications should be sent to Elaine Hynes at The Simons Foundation by email to: by the close of business (PST) on February 1, 2019.

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.


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 March is limited to domestic travel within Canada (or the equivalent).

In order to expand the community of Canadian scholars working on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) issues, employees of Global Affairs Canada, and previous recipients of a Graduate Research Award are not eligible.


Applications will be reviewed by an Expert Review Panel made up of three experts and academics working in this field who will recommend four award winners for final approval by representatives of The Simons Foundation and ISROP.  Successful candidates will be notified on March 1, 2019.


Award winners will present their papers at a special event hosted by Global Affairs Canada at the Lester B. Pearson building in Ottawa on March 28, 2019, and will be asked to produce a PowerPoint deck for their presentation.  The cash awards will be issued at the GRA event in Ottawa and a report, including the papers presented, will be published online by The Simons Foundation. Please note that attendance at the GRA event in Ottawa is a mandatory requirement of the award.  Approved domestic travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be provided by The Simons Foundation.

TOPICS for 2018-2019

Master’s and Doctoral candidates may choose to address one of the following subjects:

  1. The UN Secretary-General has announced a new Agenda for Disarmament and its Implementation Plan. Will the Agenda and its Implementation Plan work?  How should Canada engage with it?
  2. Does attribution lead to accountability under international law? We encourage consideration of recent geopolitical events involving the use of prohibited weapons (chemical weapons), as well as ongoing discussions within the UN on the implications of increasing autonomy in military systems.
  3. How can nuclear supplier states strike a balance between facilitating access by developing states to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology, while ensuring that nuclear embarking states uphold non-proliferation, safety and security obligations, especially those under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)?
  4. What, in real terms, is the influence and impact of improving gender balance between men and women in broader disarmament discourse, debates, negotiations and other types of engagement?  How would this apply in the field of nuclear disarmament?

For more information, please contact Elaine Hynes at The Simons Foundation by email to or by telephone at 778-782-7779.

The primary objective of the Graduate Research Awards is to enhance Canadian graduate 
level scholarship on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation issues.



Disclaimer:  The views and positions expressed through the GRA programme are intended to stimulate academic debates as part of an annual youth education partnership jointly organized by The Simons Foundation and ISROP; the themes do not necessarily reflect the views of The Simons Foundation, Global Affairs Canada or the Government of Canada.