Since 1982, IDRC has assisted Canadian graduate students to undertake their thesis research in the field of international development. IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing-country capacity in research on sustainable and equitable development from an international perspective. In principle, IDRC supports research on all parts of the developing regions of the world. At this time, Fellowships and Awards is not supporting awards which involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.
Applications will be accepted for research at the doctoral level in areas corresponding to IDRC’s research priorities. IDRC’s research activities focus on four program areas:
* Social and Economic Policy
* Environment and Natural Resource Management
* Information and Communication Technologies for Development
* Innovation, Policy and Science
Applicants must meet the following conditions for eligibility:
* Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status in Canada, or hold a citizenship of a developing country;
* Be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian university;
* Research proposal is for a doctoral thesis and has been approved by the thesis supervisor;
* Proposed field research will take place in a developing country;
* Provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the region in which the research will take place;
* Have completed course work and passed comprehensive examinations by the time of award tenure.
Award tenure corresponds to a period of field research, which will be no less than 3 months and, in general, no more than 12 months.
The award will cover justifiable field research expenses to a maximum of CA$20,000 per year.
Number of Awards
November 1, 2009 (awards will be announced in May 2010).
April 1, 2010 (awards will be announced in September 2010).
Applications will be evaluated according to criteria, such as relevance to sustainable and equitable development and to IDRC priorities, quality of the research proposal, and suitability of the candidate.
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