International Development Research Center (IDRC) Doctoral Research Awards 2016/2017 for study in Canada (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: May 18, 2016

IDRC offers these awards to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of
developing countries pursuing 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 the IDRC thematic priorities. Applications proposing field research outside these thematic areas will not be considered. Since 1982, IDRC has helped graduate students undertake 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 to improve the lives of people in the developing world.
Eligiblity Requirements:
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
• You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country.
• You must be enrolled at a Canadian university at the doctoral level (when you
submit your application, you must have completed several courses of the doctoral program
but not necessarily all the courses).
• 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 region(s) in which the research will take place.
• You must have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before
taking up the award.
• You may not be in receipt of two or more active IDRC awards at the same time. No
time overlaps will be permitted.
  • Award tenure corresponds to the period of field research. In general, it will be no less than 3 consecutive months in each developing country researched and no more than 12 months.
  • IDRC is responsible for field research expenses occurring only from the date indicated in the official notification to successful candidates.
  • The award is not retroactive; previous field research expenses will not be reimbursed.


  • The award will cover justifiable field research expenses up to CA$20,000.
  • The budget covers one return trip from Canada to the developing country of research. It also covers housing, food, insurance, travel within the country(ies), and several field research expenses.
  • The award does not support expenses related to your relatives, spouse, or children.
Number of awards
  • Approximately 20 awards will be offered during this Call.

How to Apply:

  • To apply Complete the eligibility and application forms online, and upload scanned copies of the documents listed in the checklist




For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards


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