IDRC offers these awards twice a year to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing their doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities and must ensure that their research project aligns with these 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 Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, Iraq, 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, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Eritrea, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Liberia, Libya, 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)], Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan (Republic of China), West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
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.
(You have up to 12 months to start your field research from the date on the letter of offer.)
These awards are offered twice a year. Competition deadlines are April 1 (awards announced in September) and November 1 (awards announced in May).