International Development Research Center (IDRC) Research Award 2019 in Ottawa, Canada


Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 4217

Opportunity Description

IDRC offers a research award for researchers from developing countries, Canada citizens and permanent residents of Canada currently studying/ have completed their master degree or PhD at a recognized university to do their research in Ottawa, Canada.


Number of awards: 12 (11 in head office of IDRC in Ottawa + 1 in Sub Saharan Africa, Kenya regional office)

Organization: IDRC

Deadline: September 5, 2018 (4:00 pm EDT)

Start of the program: January 2019

Duration: 1 year

Location: Ottawa, Canada and Sub Saharan Africa


  • 40, 800-47,231 Canadian Dollar per year in Canada
  • KSh 148,556 – 234,268 / month in Kenya

Areas of study or research:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Climate Change
  • Food
  • Environment
  • Health,
  • Employment and Growth
  • Foundations for Innovation
  • Governance and justice
  • Maternal and child health
  • Networked economies,
  • Center of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems
  • Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund

Benefits of the Award:

The award will provide the opportunity for the awardee to get:

  • Employed at IDRC with salary of 40,000- 47000 Canadian dollar
  • Hands-on experience in research and program management
  • Employment insurance
  • Health tax,
  • Canada pension plan
  • Paid vacation leave
  • Some of research and travel expenses (max CA$ 15,000)



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  • The research must be focusing on one or more developing countries
  • Successful candidates are not allowed to obtain any other scholarship supported by Canadian government, or support from any federal government.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria of the program you are applying.

Those who want to do their research in Ottawa, must meet the following requirements:

  • Have Canada citizenship, permanent residency of Canada or citizenship of a developing country
  • Currently studying or have completed their master or doctoral degree at a recognized university within last three years.
  • Developing countries citizens must have a work permit for full time work in Canada valid until the end of 2019.

Eligibility for sub Saharan Africa in Nairobi, Kenya:

  • The applicants must hold Kenya citizenship pursuing or have completed (in last 3 years) a master degree or PhD at a distinguished university.

Candidates applying for research in the countries listed, their applications may need further approval in IDRC:

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)


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Application procedure:

Eligible applicants should fill an online application in English or French before the deadline by September 5, 2018 (4:00 pm).

Required documents (in English /French) – if you are shortlisted.

  • Identity proof and work permission (if required)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Registration letter (confirmation) in a master or doctoral program
  • CV

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Selection criteria:

Your proposal will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Research components such as proposal relevance to IDRC’s program, clarity and quality,
  • Capability of the applicant including local language skill and relevant experience
  • Management of the program

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