TELUS Graduate Fellowship on Telecommunications Policy

TELUS is proud to announce the TELUS Graduate Fellowship on Telecommunications Policy. The objective of the Fellowship is to support excellence in public policy research and develop leadership and expertise within Canada on issues of telecommunications policy. The Fellowship will support graduate students who wish to undertake independent, innovative research on issues related to telecommunications policy.

TELUS is committed to bridging digital divides and helping Canadians access reliable, high speed internet. This commitment is reflected in our programs such as TELUS Internet for Good, which provides thousands of low-income families with the tools and connectivity they need to succeed.  At TELUS, we believe access to reliable, affordable internet and digital services makes an important contribution to economic, social, educational, health and democratic inclusion in Canada and can help overcome systemic inequities.  

The graduate fellowship will award $7,500 to up to 5 graduate students who have an interest in pursuing telecommunication policy research. The award will support excellence in scholarship and advance emerging thinking in areas of telecommunications policy.  


Successful candidates are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled in a graduate-level Masters or Ph.D. program at an accredited post-secondary institution during the 2021-2022 academic year

  • The Fellowship is open to students in economics, law, political science, public policy, sociology, communications, technology policy or a related field

  • The Fellowship requires successful award winners to submit a research paper of publishable quality on an aspect of telecommunications policy

  • The Fellowship is open to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents

Areas of research

In 2021-2022, we are particularly interested in areas related to spectrum policy, 5G and bridging digital divides, as well as to research of a comparative nature. However, there are many facets to telecommunication policy and the committee will consider candidates submitting proposals in any area of applied telecommunications policy relevant to Canadians.


  • Applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee of esteemed academics in the telecommunications field

  • Awards will be offered in three equal instalments: upon acceptance of the Fellowship, upon submission of a detailed proposal and outline, and upon submission of the final paper

  • At least one successful candidate will also be offered paid 6-month internships at TELUS in regulatory affairs or government relations following completion of their degree

Application process

Applicants must provide a proposal of 500-1000 words on their proposed research topic. The proposal should provide a clear research question and methodological approach, as well as a brief description of the implications for telecommunications policy. It is understood that some aspects of the work may evolve as the student undertakes the research.

Applicants should submit a transcript, C.V. and an academic writing sample, along with a cover letter.

Application deadline: January 31, 2022 

Final Papers Due: June 6, 2022

Applications should be submitted to:

Joe Rowsell,
Director of Regulatory Affairs,
[email protected]