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IDRC Research Awards 2019

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Deadline: 5 September 2018 (4:00 PM EDT)


IDRC invites applications for the IDRC Research Awards 2019.

Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.


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

-Advisory Committee on Research Ethics

-Agriculture and Food Security

-Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

-Climate Change

-Employment and Growth

-Food, Environment, and Health

-Foundations for Innovation

-Governance and Justice (in Kenya)

-Livestock Health

-Maternal and Child Health

-Networked Economies-

Policy and Evaluation



-Salary for one year in Canada: CA$40,800-47,231; Monthly salary in Kenya: KSh 143,394–KSh 226,127-

-The selected candidates will be granted a one-year paid program to undertake research and gain hands-on

-Experience in research and program management.

-For payroll purposes, awardees are considered full-time employees of IDRC.

-Employer contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax, the Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.


-This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries who have recently completed or are pursuing, a master’s or doctoral degree at a recognized university.

~Countries subject to approval:  Afghanistan, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gaza, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Micronesia, Monserrat, Myanmar, Sudan, Suriname, Venezuela, West Bank, Zimbabwe, some small island states, including Comoros, São Tomé and Principe, Saint Helena, Timor-Leste, and the Pacific Islands (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna).

~Countries excluded:  Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Southern and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus.

-Positions are available at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada AND there is one position available at IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Eligibility criteria differ for each location, for more information, click here.


-Your proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.

-These awards may be part of an academic requirement.

-NB: Successful award recipients 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 and any award managed by another institution but supported in whole or in part by IDRC, such as the Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars program.

-In addition, each program has specific eligibility criteria that must be satisfied.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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