National Defense Young MINDS Initiative

Arctic and Northern Regions
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Social Justice


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 29th, March 2024

External Deadline: Wednesday 3rd, April 2024


The Targeted Engagement Grant program aims to drive innovation in defence policy thinking and to foster the next generation of defence and security experts. We are proud to support the exchange of ideas and a diversity of researchers in the domain of security and defence. New forward thinking research and activities are extremely valuable for National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces in the development of evidence-based policy.

As part of its efforts to foster the next generation of defence and security scholars, MINDS supports undergraduate and master’s students interested in defence and security through the Young MINDS Initiative.

These grants are valued at $10,000 and must be linked to the MINDS policy challenges.

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s program at an accredited university, and  pursuing a degree in political science, history, international relations, public policy, economics, or be able to demonstrate that their field of study is relevant to defence and security studies. Applicants should be sponsored by a professional academic or recognized expert in the field.


To apply

If you wish to discuss the eligibility of your proposal prior to submitting it for evaluation, please contact the MINDS Program Manager by email at

Please visit Funding results page for previous rounds.

The deadline for submitting applications is 3 April 2024, at 11:59 (PDT).

Additional Information can be found here.


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Funding Sources

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: March 20, 2024