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Public Servant-in-Residence Initiative

The Public Servant-in-Residence Initiative (PSIR) places mid-career public servants in Canadian universities to conduct research and/or teach in areas linked to departmental objectives and broader Federal Public Service priorities. These assignments may be undertaken on either a full- or part-time basis and require an Interchange Canada Agreement.


The objectives of the PSIR are to:


The PSIR offers participants an opportunity to:

The PSIR offers Canadian universities an opportunity to:


The issues explored on assignment must be linked to departmental and/or Federal Public Service priorities, and the resident’s activities must be reported publically through the university’s website. Candidates are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities while on campus, including delivering lectures, conducting research, working on collaborative projects with faculty, supporting the Deputy Minister University Champion on campus (if applicable), helping create new programs and courses, reviewing curriculum, supporting campus recruitment activities and mentoring students.

Residents are expected to bring the knowledge they gain back to their department and the broader Federal Public Service as they network during and after the completion of their assignment. A report summarizing their activities while on assignment is due to the Canada School of Public Service 30–days following their reintegration to the public service.

Application process

All prospective candidates are advised to contact the Canada School of Public Service prior to contacting a potential destination university or proceeding to develop their application. Note that applications are reviewed by two Deputy Ministers to ensure value to the Federal Public Service.

Applications are to be submitted at the latest by July 31st for a September start date or by November 30th for a January start date. Late applications will not be considered.

The full approval process for a PSIR application may take between 4 weeks and 3 months.

Candidates are required to submit the following documents:

Please send your questions to the Public Servant-in-Residence initiative before completing your application.

Approval process

Applications to the PSIR initiative are reviewed and approved by the President of the Canada School of Public Service. Once their applications are approved, residents employed by departments listed in schedules I and IV of the Financial Administration Act (unless excluded by specific acts, regulations or orders-in-council) are required to complete an Interchange Canada Agreement. For more information on how to complete the agreement, candidates can contact their organization's human resources advisor or visit the Interchange Canada website.



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