Study Canada: IDRC Research Awards 2020 For Developing Countries

Categorized as Developing Country, Doctoral, Masters, PhD, Postgraduate

Brief Description of Study Canada : IDRC Research Awards 2020

Study Canada : IDRC Research Awards 2020. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to create real and lasting change.

This knowledge can be used as a tool for addressing pressing global challenges. We share it with others by:

  • providing developing-country researchers with financial resources, advice, and training to find solutions to local problems;
  • sharing our knowledge with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world;
  • fostering new talent by offering fellowships and awards; and
  • putting new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it best to address global challenges.


IDRC have supported more than 1,900 research projects over the past decade.

IDRC Research Awards 2020 Eligibility

This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university.

Please note the additional eligibility requirements outlined immediately below and in each of the eight theme descriptions.


Technology and Innovation


International Development, RESEARCH


January to December 2020 (12 months)




Far East Asia, Middle East, North and Central America, North of Sahara, Oceania, South America, South Asia, South of Sahara


Salary for one year in Canada: CA$41,310-$47,822

Who can apply for Study Canada : IDRC Research Awards 2020:

This call is open to:

  • Canadians or permanent residents of Canada who are enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR have completed (within the last three years) a master’s or doctoral degree at a recognized university.
  • Citizens of a developing country who are enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a Canadian university OR have completed (within the last three years) a master’s or doctoral degree at a recognized university. In either case, applicants must already have a work permit valid for full-time work (37.5 hours per week) in Canada until December 31, 2020 prior to applying.

Please note: the expectation of receiving a post-graduation work permit is not sufficient.

Other eligibility requirements

  • The proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.
  • These awards may be part of an academic requirement.
  • The specific eligibility criteria of each research theme must be satisfied.

Please note: Successful award recipients 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. This includes any other IDRC award and any award managed by another institution but supported in whole or in part by IDRC, such as the Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars program.

Research country exceptions

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not offer awards for research that involves the following countries:

Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, southern and eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus.

Countries subject to approval

You may apply for research in the following countries and territories, but if you are recommended for an award, your application may be subject to a further stage of approval within IDRC:

Afghanistan, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Micronesia, Monserrat, Myanmar, Sudan, Suriname, Venezuela, West Bank and Gaza, 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 and Futuna).


Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted. They will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.

For payroll purposes, awardees are considered full-time employees of IDRC. Benefits include employer contributions to employment insurance, employer health tax, the Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.

Eight awards will be offered as a result of this call. There is one call per theme listed below. You may choose only ONE of the following:

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Evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

Research component:

  • relevance of the proposal to IDRC’s mandate and strategic priorities
  • relevance of the proposal to the chosen IDRC theme’s specifications
  • clarity and quality of the proposal
  • clarity and appropriateness in addressing the ethical considerations and gender dimensions of the proposed research
  • applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed program of research, including academic training, local language capacity, and related experience

Program management and support component:

  • applicant’s capacity to conduct program of work, including related employment experience

Study Canada : IDRC Research Awards 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE:

September 18, 2019 by 16:00 (EDT)

HOW TO APPLY For Study Canada : IDRC Research Awards 2020:

Instructions on signing up online:

  1. Steps to follow:
    Step 1: Open an account by registering (“Sign Up”) or open a session (“Sign In”).
    Step 2: The first time you register, you will receive a confirmation by email. Do not forget to check your “spam” in case the confirmation email goes there! Add us to your contacts to continue to receive emails.

Before applying for this award, please read the IDRC Research Awards 2020 Checklist below:

Please note: Only online applications are accepted.

  • Complete the eligibility and application forms online.
  • Your application should be completed in English or French (Canada’s two official languages).
  • Submit a complete application by 4:00 pm EDT the day of the deadline.
  • Incomplete and late applications will NOT be considered.

After the deadline, members of the selection committees will conduct a preliminary evaluation. Only shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the following documents.

Documents to submit online (in English or French) if you are shortlisted:

  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency, and, if required, a copy of a work permit valid in Canada until December 31, 2020
  • Official transcripts from your most recent completed degree AND of your current program (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of registration in a master’s or doctoral program (if applicable)
  • Curriculum vitae

More details about The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) award:


Shortlisted candidates will receive an e-mail to inform them that they have been shortlisted and instructing them to log in to provide additional information. They will be required to provide the names and contact information of two references: one must be an academic reference and the other must be an employment reference. Once submitted, these contacts will automatically receive an e-mail notification with instructions to complete an online reference form.

We recommend that you notify your references of the process.

Official transcripts

If you are a shortlisted candidate, you will be required to upload scanned copies of original or notarized/certified transcripts from your most recent completed degree AND of your current program, even if it is not completed.

(Note: Web transcripts or academic history are not recognized as official transcripts. If you are a citizen of a developing country and cannot submit the requested transcripts, please upload a scanned signed letter on official letterhead from the university confirming the degree and the marks obtained).

Proof of citizenship/permanent residency/work permit

Shortlisted candidates will be required to upload scanned copies of any of the following documents: current passport, birth certificate or Permanent Resident Card, and in some cases, a copy of a work permit that is valid through December 31, 2020.

Instructions for uploading scanned documents

To minimize the number of files uploaded, we require that all documents with multiple pages be merged into one file. For example, a transcript of six pages should be uploaded as one merged file, NOT six separate images.

Some scanners will do this automatically. However, if yours does not, there are manual methods of doing so with Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, or other software programs. While IDRC cannot provide instructions, solutions are available on the Internet.


Announcement of Results:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to the large number of applications received, we will not inform the non-recommended candidates on the status of their application.

Results of the recommended candidates will be available by late November 2019 on the official website of International Development Research Centre (IDRC).


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