Young MINDS Initiative

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Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 29th, January 2020

External Deadline: Monday 3rd, February 2020


Strong, Secure, Engaged recognizes that collaboration with academia and other experts strengthens the foundation of evidenced-based policy-making. To that end, it provides direction to increase annual investment in a revamped and expanded defence engagement program. The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program answers this call.

Expanding on the DEP, MINDS delivers a program that:

-Responds to the need for relevant and timely advice from defence and security experts;
-Fosters the next generation of experts and scholars; and,
-Contributes to Canadians understanding of defence and security issues.

However, MINDS provides even greater opportunities for collaboration between the Defence Team and the defence and security expert community. There are five key pillars of MINDS: Expert Briefing Series, Targeted Engagement Grants, Collaborative Networks, Scholarships, and a Rapid Response Mechanism. Each offers a different means for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces to access relevant, timely expertise that incorporates a diversity of viewpoints and provides well-rounded advice. The program is committed to reflecting key Government of Canada priorities in the work it delivers, ensuring the incorporation of Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and supporting Indigenous reconciliation and youth engagement.

Young MINDS Initiative
As part of its efforts to foster the next generation of defence and security scholars, MINDS will be launching a new grant category – the Young MINDS Initiative – to support undergraduate students interested in defence and security.

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

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate 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.

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

Additional information can be found here. 

Funding Sources

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: January 7, 2020