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IDRC Research Awards 
Note that all applications must be sent online.

IDRC offers these research awards annually to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a recognized university or having completed a master’s or doctoral program at a recognized university.

As a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic you submitted when competing for the award. During part of the time (often around 50%), you will be trained in research management through hands-on experience with your chosen program. You will work under the mentorship of a program officer.

These awards focus on research carried out in one or more developing countries. Most research award positions are for 12 months and are based at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada. A few take place in one of IDRC’s regional offices. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities.

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, 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 either currently enrolled at a recognized university at the master's or doctoral level or have completed a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university. These awards may be part of an academic requirement.
  • your proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries
IDRC typically announces a new award process in August. To learn more and to apply, visit the Grants page.

Have questions? Read the FAQs about the Research Awards (PDF, 70KB)
Award holders
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only c
andidates recommended for an award will be advised by email. Their names will also be added to the list of Candidates Recommended for an Award.

Insider's View

Read what a group of former Research Award recipients have to say about their experiences at IDRC.

IDRC Research Awards
Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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