IDRC Doctoral Research Awards for Canadians and Developing Countries in Canada 2016

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards for students of Canada and developing countries  and applications are open until May 18, 2016 by 16:00 (04:00 PM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada). IDRC offers research awards for Canadians and developing countries’ students for pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing country capacity in research to improve the lives of people in the developing world. The award  grants approximately 20 grants of a maximum of CA$20,000 each for the perod of  months . Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): doctoral studies at a Canadian university and one or more developing countries (field research) | Canada

Level: Doctoral Degree

Field(s): Awards are provided in the field of Agriculture and Environment, Global Health Policy, Science and Innovation, Social and Economic Policy at Canadian university.

Special note: Candidates applying to this call for IDRC Doctoral Research Awards (IDRA) and indicating their area of work as related to the IDRC theme of Agriculture and Environment, will automatically be considered for what was previously entitled the Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship and will henceforth be known as the Bentley Research Fellowship (learn more here). There will be no need to indicate interest; the top candidates in this area will automatically be considered for this fellowship, which is of the same value and has the same parameters as the IDRA

Deadline: May 18, 2016 by 16:00 (04:00 PM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Funded By: IDRC

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): idrc doctoral research awards are targeted for students of Canada and developing countries ( Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, 

Guinea, Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, can apply for these Awards.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Approximately 20 to 25 awards are offered per competition.

Scholarship Duration: Award tenure corresponds to the period of field research. In general, it will be no less than 3 consecutive months in each developing country researched and no more than 12 months. IDRC is responsible for field research expenses occurring only from the date indicated in the official notification to successful candidates. The award is not retroactive; previous field research expenses will not be reimbursed. 

Scholarship covers: The award will cover justifiable field research expenses up to CA$20,000. The budget covers one return trip from Canada to the developing country of research. It also covers housing, food, insurance, travel within the country(ies), and several field research expenses. The award does not support expenses related to your relatives, spouse, or children. 


IDRC offers idrc doctoral research awards awards twice a year in April and October to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university.

These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC program priorities. Since 1982, IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development.

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective.


To be eligible for idrc doctoral research awards, you must meet the following requirements:

be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country;

be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level (when you submit your application,

you must have completed several courses of the doctoral program but not necessarily all the courses);

your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor

your proposed field research must take place in one or more developing countries and be conducted for a doctoral dissertation

you must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place

you must have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.

‣ You may not be in receipt of two or more active IDRC awards at the same time. No time overlaps will be permitted. 

Eligibility Criteria:

‣ The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  • Fit with IDRC mission and thematic priorities 
  • Overall appropriateness, completeness, quality, and clarity of the research proposal 
  • Overall methodology and considerations of cultural, logistical, and scientific constraints
  • Overall feasibility, duration, and timing of the research 
  • Originality and creativity of the research Potential contribution to existing knowledge on the issue Gender dimensions of the research 
  • Ethical considerations of the research 
  • Benefit to the communities where the research is taking place
  • Suitability of the affiliated institution 
  • Potential for research results to be disseminated and used
  • Budget
  • Applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed research, including academic training, local language capacity, professional skills, research experience, and knowledge of country/region of research

Countries subject to approval

‣ In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not offer awards for research that involves Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Cuba, Eritrea, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.

‣ Candidates proposing field research in the following countries or territories, even if recommended by the evaluators, must go through a further stage of approval within IDRC: Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Maldives, Mauritania, Monserrat, Papua New Guinea, Small Island States [including Comoros, Mauritius, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Timor-Leste and Oceania (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna)], Suriname, Tunisia, West Bank, Zimbabwe.

‣ It will be your responsibility to ensure that you follow all Government of Canada travel advisories, while applying, when planning your trip and while in the field. IDRC will not be able to approve travel to a region for which there is an advisory that all travel should be avoided. Should the advisory change (if you are selected), even after you sign a contract, you will still be required to follow it.


‣ Awards will be announced in October 2016. 

Candidates recommended for an award will be advised by email.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Complete the eligibility and application forms online, and upload scanned copies of the documents listed in the checklist.

2016 Call ( )

Scholarship Applications are due on May 18, 2016 by 16:00 (04:00 PM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada). Awards will be announced in October 2016. 

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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