IDRC Research Awards for Canadian and Developing Countries’ Students , and applications are submitted till September 7, 2016 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): | 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: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, 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)], South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.Level: field research in one or more developing countries
Climate Change, Employment and Growth, Food, Environment, and Health, Foundations for Innovation, Governance and Justice, Maternal and Child Health, Networked Economies, Think Tank Initiative
September 7, 2016 by 4:00 PM (EDT)
January to December 2017 (12 months)
Deadline: September 7, 2016 by 4:00 PM (EDT) Eastern Time (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.
‣ Award No: Approximately 20 awards will be offered during this competition.
‣ Scholarship Duration: January to December 2017 (12 months)
covers: : Salary for one year (in Canada): CA$39,996-CA$46,301
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.
a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid
program of research on the topic you submitted to the competition and
receive hands-on experience in research management; grant
administration; and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge
from an international perspective.
‣ 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.
be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a
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).
proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor.
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.
have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before
taking up the award.
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.
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 and at our regional office for Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Eligibility criteria differ for each location.
For the 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, 2017, 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, 2017.
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.
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 2016 IDRC Research Awards
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
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
11 awards will be offered during this call. There is one call per program listed below. You may only choose ONE of the following:
Foundations for Innovation (in Kenya)
The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:
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 2016.
Before applying, please read the checklist of documents required for this Call.
Scholarship Application Method
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on September 7, 2016 by 4:00 PM (EDT)
Eastern Time (US and Canada)
forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
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)
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