IDRC Research Awards for Canadian and Developing Countries’ Students 2018

IDRC Research Awards for Canadian and Developing Countries’ Students , and applications are submitted till September 6, 2017 by 4:00 PM (EDT)(US and Canada). Applications are invited for IDRC research awards available for the citizens of Canada and Developing Countries who have completed a master’s or doctoral degree at a recognized university. Research award recipients will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic they submitted when competing for the award. The award will cover Salary for one year (in Canada): CA$39,996-CA$46,301.  Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): |

REGION(S)

Canada, Uruguay, Kenya

Level: field research in one or more developing countries

.Field(s): 

PROGRAM(S)

Agriculture and Food Security, Climate Change, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Employment and Growth, Food, Environment, and Health, Foundations for Innovation, Governance and Justice, Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund, Maternal and Child Health, Networked Economies, Think Tank Initiative

DEADLINE

September 6, 2017 by 4:00 PM (EDT)(US and Canada). 

TOPIC(S)

DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH

DURATION

January to December 2017 (12 months)

REGION(S)

Canada, Kenya

Deadline: September 6, 2017 by 4:00 PM (EDT)(US and Canada). 

Funded By: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): IDRC Research Awards are targeted for Citizens of Canada and developing countries

pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university can apply these IDRC Research Awards.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Approximately 20 awards will be offered during this competition.

Scholarship Duration: January to December 2017 (12 months)

Scholarship covers: : Salary for one year in Canada: CA$40,396–46,764; Salary for one year in Uruguay: $U659,437–$U960,013 UYU; Monthly salary in Kenya: KSh 139,082–KSh 219,327

Description

‣ IDRC offers these 2016 IDRC Research Awards 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 the thematic priorities.

‣ Applications proposing field research outside these thematic areas will not be considered. 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 to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Eligibility




To be eligible for 2016 IDRC Research Awards , you must meet the following requirements:

‣ must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country.

‣ must 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).

‣ research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor.

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

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

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

‣ may not be in receipt of two or more active IDRC awards at the same time (IDRA, IDRC Research Award, Professional Development Award, John G. Bene Fellowship, Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship, Journalism Awards). No time overlaps will be permitted.

‣ If you are selected for an award, you have up to 12 months to start your field research from the date of the final selection.

Who can apply

Positions are available at IDRC's head office in Ottawa, Canada; at our Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay; and at IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya. Eligibility criteria differ for each location.

For the eleven positions located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, this call is open to:

  • Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university.
  • Citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a Canadian university and who, prior to applying, have a student visa with a work permit valid in Canada until December 31, 2018, OR who have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university and who already have a work permit valid in Canada until December 31, 2018.

For the position located at IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay, this call is open to: 

  • Citizens or residents of Uruguay with a valid work permit for Uruguay pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university.

For the position located at IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, this call is open to:

  • Citizens of Kenya pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university.

Other eligibility requirements 

Your proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.Candidates cannot receive any other Canadian government scholarship, award, subsidy, bursary, or honorarium, or hold any federal government contract in support of a research/work project for the duration of the award; this includes any other IDRC award.In addition, each program has specific eligibility criteria which must be satisfied.These awards may be part of an academic requirement.

Research country exceptions 

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, IDRC does not offer awards for research in the following countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea (DPRK), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Research programs in Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia are also ineligible.

Prior to issuing the award and contract, field research proposed in the following countries or territories must be approved by IDRC

Burkina Faso, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Maldives, Mauritania, Montserrat, Papua New Guinea, Small Island Developing States (including Comoros, Mauritius, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, and Timor-Leste), and Oceania (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna), Suriname, Tunisia, West Bank, and Zimbabwe.

Scope

Research award recipients will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research management, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.For payroll purposes, awardees are considered as full-time employees of IDRC. Benefits include Employer contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax, Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.

Selection Criteria for  IDRC Research Awards 

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

13 awards will be offered during this call. There is one call per program listed below. You may only choose ONE of the following:

Evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  • fit with IDRC mission and thematic priorities
  • relevance to IDRC mandate
  • relevance of the research and training proposal to the chosen IDRC’s program’s specifications 
  • overall appropriateness, completeness, and clarity of the research and training proposal
  • overall feasibility, duration, and timing of the research
  • originality and creativity of the research
  • gender sensitivity of the research
  • ethical considerations of the research
  • the applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed research and training, including academic training, local language capacity, and related experience 

Have questions or looking for tips? We may already have answered questions for other applicants and we have important tips to share on preparing sections of your proposal (e.g. ethics and gender sensitivity). Please read through our frequently asked questions for these – and before contacting us.

Announcement of results

We thank all applicants for their interest. At the time of submission, you will receive an autoreply from the IDRC Awards team which serves as acknowledgement of receipt of your application. Due to the high volume of submissions, only those applicants considered for an award will receive further communication. The list of Candidates Recommended for an Award will be posted on this Web page by late November 2017.

More details

Before applying, please read the checklist of documents required for this call. Have questions? We have important tips to share on preparing sections of your proposal (e.g. ethics and gender sensitivity). Please consult our frequently asked questions before contacting us at awards@idrc.ca.


Scholarship Application Method 

‣ Apply online

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on September 7, 2016 by 4:00 PM (EDT)

Eastern Time (US and Canada)

‣ 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.

‣ Access the call document and frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Call for applications (PDF, 337KB)

General FAQs (PDF, 386KB)

Checklist of documents to upload (PDF, 120KB)

Apply online

All additional questions should be addressed to awards@idrc.ca

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