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IDRC Research Awards

IDRC offers these research awards (formerly known as the IDRC Internship Awards) annually to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing masters 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 be mentored by an IDRC staff member.

Who can apply

The program is aimed at candidates who, through demonstrated achievements in academic studies, work, or research, have shown interest in creating and using knowledge from an international perspective.

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 masters 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.
Frequently asked questions
This competition is for positions starting in early 2013.
Research awards are normally held for 12 months. They are tenable, on a full-time basis, for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12. They normally start in January and must be completed by the end of December.
Number of awards
The number of awards varies each year. Approximately 18 awards will be offered in 2013.
Employment status
Research award recipients holding award tenure in Canada in 2012 receive an annual salary ranging from CA$37,590 to CA$43,516, depending on qualifications and experience. As research award recipients, you are considered to be full-time term employees of the Centre. Benefits include contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax, the Canada Pension Plan, and 4% of salary in lieu of vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$10,000. Salaries and benefits for research award recipients located in our regional offices may vary.
Deadline: September 12, 2012 (awards will be announced in December 2012)
How to apply 
The application must show how you will reach a set of learning objectives. IDRC requires applicants to specify only one IDRC program where they wish to apply. IDRC may forward your application to a second program.
The specifications for IDRC research awards are linked to current program priorities. IDRC reserves the right to change program priorities, which may determine the final choice and allocation of the awards.
We thank all applicants; however, due to the high volume of submissions, only those applicants considered for an award will be contacted by email. An autoreply from the IDRC Fellowships and Awards program serves as acknowledgement of receipt of your application.  
These awards focus on research carried out in one or more developing countries. Most research awards 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.The IDRC research awards aim to provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. They are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management, and in the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective. 

You will be expected to provide support to management and program staff in some of the following areas:

  • synthesize project outcomes
  • produce publications and dissemination materials or activities on research results
  • participate in team meetings
  • carry out research to locate, review, and synthesize relevant material
  • prepare correspondence, reports, and presentations
  • help organize meetings, workshops, and seminars
  • update and maintain databases
In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not support awards that involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.
Research award positions offered by IDRC:


Conditions of awards
IDRC will not grant an award without first obtaining:
  • Evidence that you are registered in a graduate program (masters or doctoral) or have completed the entire program
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency
  • Your acceptance of the award contract terms and conditions.
Note: Candidates 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.
Announcement of results  
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only candidates recommended for an award will be advised by email. Their names will also be added to the list of Candidates Recommended for an Award.
Work permit for non-Canadians
If you are a non-Canadian residing, relocating or studying in Canada and are recommended for an award, you will be required to obtain a valid work permit to work at IDRC before starting your position. 
Deadline: September 12, 2012 

Note that all applications must be sent online (see section How to apply).

Categories: General, Opportunities
  1. August 31, 2012 at 3:49 am

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