2017 Call for Application: Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship

The Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship will provide $500,000 over 10 years to graduate students engaged in energy policy research. Annual fellowships valued at $15,000 for Master's students and $25,000 for Doctoral students will be awarded to eligible full-time graduate students registered at the University of Waterloo. Students must demonstrate interest in energy policy research defined annually by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) in conjunction with Energy Council of Canada. 

Applications will be accepted starting 9am EST Friday, March 31, 2017 
and are due by 5pm EST Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 The available energy policy research topics for the 2017 fellowships are:

a) Canada’s Transition to Low Carbon Energy System


  1. Are aspirational (or deep) carbon reduction targets feasible in the 2030-2060 time frame?
  2. What innovations are required to support an increasing share of renewable generation on the practical operation and the economics of electricity systems including creative strategies for integration with base-load and peaking generation (for example, nuclear, hydro and fossil-based generation)?
b) Energy and Electricity Trade: Barriers and Benefits

Sub- thematic:

  1. What approaches and strategies are required for enhanced inter-provincial and international trade in energy and electricity as enabler of a low carbon energy future?
  2. Identify opportunities for regional networks linking jurisdictions through transmission and large interconnectors taking advantage of fundamental difference in the carbon intensity of the supply-mix of different jurisdictions.

c) Energy Sector Regulatory Practices and Evolution


  1. Research into the current regulatory practices, identification of the strengths and weaknesses of various regulatory models, and identification of what’s needed by regulatory agencies as they become modernized, effective and responsive to current and emerging issues. 

    Currently, regulatory agencies are finding it necessary to cope with issues and public concerns which are outside of their traditional areas of activity. Also, the government of Canada is reviewing the mandate and operation of National Energy Board in preparation for reforming the agency. Drawing from the lessons learned in other jurisdictions outside Canada can also be considered for insights that provides the context for this research initiative. 


  • Current and prospective students interested in applying for this fellowship must complete the Fellowship application.
  • Send your completed application to with Subject: “ECC Policy Research Fellowship - YOUR FULL NAME”.
  • Applications are due by 5pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • A Selection Committee will review the applications. Successful applicants will be notified by July 15, 2017.

Selection is also based on academic excellence (minimum cumulative average of 80%)

Contact Iris Strickler if you have questions or require further clarification:

Fellowship generously provided by:

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The Ministry intends to hire a motivated masters-level or advanced undergraduate policy co-op student for January-April 2017 (starting date flexible). Primarily located within the Ministry’s Strategic Policy and Research Unit, the successful candidate may also have opportunities to participate in projects conducted in partnership with other Ministry units.

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