Frequently Asked Questions

 When should applications be submitted?

The application period for the first round of the Targeted Engagement Grants for FY 2018/2019, is now closed.

Who can apply under the Targeted Engagement Grant Program?

Individuals and security and defence organizations, such as think tanks, universities, or non-governmental organizations, are eligible to apply for the DEP Targeted Engagement Grant Program.

What can Targeted Engagement Grant Program funds be used for?

Targeted Engagement Grant Program funds can be used to support a variety of projects such as conferences, workshops, roundtables, and topical scholarly projects resulting in papers, presentations, briefings, and publications.

How are DND/CAF engagement priorities established?

Engagement priorities are established and reviewed annually by the Defence Team Steering Committee (DTSC) - a core group of representatives from the Defence Team representing diverse interests within the Department.

My project does not fall within DND engagement priorities. Are there other Government of Canada funding opportunities?

The following Government of Canada funding opportunities are also available:

Canadian Security Intelligence Service – Academic Outreach Program Available at:

Public Safety Canada – Kanishka Project Available at:

How will applications be assessed?  

Applications will be assessed largely on the proposed project’s relevance to DND/CAF engagement priorities and ability to inform current and future defence policy thinking.

Why is the Defence Engagement Program no longer offering Fellowship and Scholarship Awards?

The Department of National Defence examined the DEP at the end of Fiscal Year 2013-2014. As a result of this process, the decision was taken to not offer Fellowship and Scholarship Awards.

The department’s decision is consistent with equivalent programs at other Government of Canada departments and agencies which do not offer fellowships or scholarships.

Do the Department of National Defence and/or the Canadian Armed Forces offer other fellowship and scholarship awards?

A number of funding opportunities are available to graduate students undertaking their studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). For more information about these opportunities, please consult the RMC website at the following link:

Where can I find other Government of Canada fellowship and scholarship awards for graduate students studying defence and security issues?

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships in the social sciences and humanities. For more information about SSHRC funding opportunities, please consult the SSHRC website at the following link:

The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) administers the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program, which provides promising emerging scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work with research groups or leaders in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions, including those at Defence Research and Development Canada. For more information about this funding opportunity, please consult the NSERC website at the following link: