IDRC’s Research Awards 2023

IDRC's Research Awards

The applications for the IDRC’s Research Awards 2023 for Canada & Developing Countries, are now open. The application deadline is February 01, 2023 at 23:59 EST

About the IDRC’s Research Awards

This year, IDRC will offer research awards related to these development areas or themes:

  • Climate-Resilient Food Systems,
  • Democratic and Inclusive Governance,
  • Education and Science,
  • Ethics in Development Research,
  • Global Health,
  • Policy and Evaluation, and
  • Sustainable Inclusive Economies.

All awards will be based in Ottawa except for the Global Health award that will be based in Nairobi.

If your research proposal is selected, you will join IDRC as a Research award recipient for a period of 12 months from 1 May 2023 to 30 April 2024 to undertake research on the topic you have submitted. You 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.

Awardees in Ottawa will be considered full-time non-union employees of IDRC for payroll purposes. Benefits include employer contributions to employment insurance, employer health tax, the Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. The salary range is CA$42,033 – CA$48,659.

The awardee in Nairobi is considered a term employee working on the Research Awardee pay scale as defined in the Locally engaged Staff manual. The salary range is 2,032,072 to 3,204,520 KES

Who can apply

For the awards based in Ottawa

You must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and students from low or middle-income countries, enrolled in a Canadian university with a work permit valid for full-time work (37.5 hours per week) in Canada  until 30 April 2024.

For the Global Health award based in Nairobi

The candidates must hold Kenyan citizenship. In addition, you must be students who are enrolled in or who have completed a master’s program from a recognized university within the last three years

Preference will be given to students who have completed a master’s degree

Eligibility requirements for IDRC’s Research Awards

  • Applied for only one research award recipient opportunity
  • Proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries on the OECD  DAC list of ODA recipients
  • Field research component cannot be more than 3 months
  • Research cannot be proposed in countries with  Government of Canada travel security advisories  to “Avoid all travel”
  • You must satisfy the specific eligibility criteria of each research theme.
  • Completed  Research proposal submission  and  Academic information and professional qualifications form  and  for awards in Ottawa a copy of your valid student permit or full-time work permit valid at least until 30 April 2024, if applicable , or proof of your Kenyan Citizenship for the award in Nairobi which must be uploaded as part of the application process  (Note: If these documents are not uploaded your application will not be considered)
  • Candidates who have valid student permits and are selected will have offers conditional upon obtaining a work permit valid for full-time work (37.5 hours) from 1 May 2023 and 30 April 2024

Research proposal evaluation criteria

Below are the evaluation criteria

  • Relevance of the proposal to IDRC’s mission and mandate
  • Relevance of the proposal to selected development outcome area
  • Clarity and quality of the proposal
  • Clarity and appropriateness in addressing the ethical considerations and gender dimension of the proposed research
  • Applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed program of research including academic qualifications, local language abilities, and related experience
  • Applicant’s capacity to conduct program of work, including related employment experience

How to Apply for the IDRC’s Research Awards

To submit your application, you need the following:

Note: If you don’t upload these documents, IDRC will not consider your application.

For more details, visit the award website.

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