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IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC offers these awards to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing their doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards support field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC current thematic priorities. For further details about the thematic priorities, candidates are strongly encouraged to consult the Program Prospectus or Overview documents available on the website. Applications proposing field research outside these thematic areas will not be considered.

Have questions? Read the FAQs about the IDRA award (PDF, 141KB) and the Technical FAQs (PDF, 87KB) for the IDRA online application process. 

Countries subject to approval

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not support awards that involve research in Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Somalia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

Prior to issuing the award and contract
(for selected candidates), field research proposed in the following countries or territories must be approved by IDRC: 

Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, 
Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Small Island States [including Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, 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, Yemen.

Who can apply

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: 
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country
  • Be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level
  • Your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor 
  • Your proposed field research must take place in one or more developing countries and be conducted for a doctoral dissertation
  • You must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing-country region(s) in which the research will take place
  • You must have completed course work and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.

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. 

To apply

Important note: In 2014, only one competition will take place. The deadline will be in April (awards announced by September). For more information on the award and to apply, visit the Competitions page.

Award holders

Award holders and their research topics.

Doctoral Research Awards
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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