International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Research Awards 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Research Awards. Deadline to apply for the awards is August 6, 2014.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems and forms a key component of Canada's foreign aid program. IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC pursues that goal by funding research focused on reducing poverty and creating equitable access to resources and services. We support work that promotes good governance and builds strong policies. The applied research we back directly addresses existing or emerging problems in developing countries.

As a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic you submitted to the competition and receive hands-on experience in research management, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.


  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country.
  • You must be currently enrolled at a recognized university at the master's or doctoral level OR have completed a master's 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are a non-Canadian residing, relocating, or studying in Canada and are recommended for an award, you will need a valid work permit before working at IDRC.

Duration: January – December 2015 (minimum 6 months to a maximum of 12 months). Based in Ottawa, Canada (Select placements may be located in one of IDRC's Regional Offices.)

Budget: CA$39,000–CA$45,000 (salary for one-year, paid internship)

Awardees are considered to be full-time employees of IDRC. 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.

Please note: At this time, IDRC is not supporting awards that involve research in

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Korea (People's Democratic Republic of)
  • Somalia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Central Asia

Research proposed in the following countries or territories must be approved by IDRC before an award and contract is issued:

Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, 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)], South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen.

Choose ONLY one of the following programs listed below.
Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

Access the application form directly at:

Have questions? Read the FAQs about the Research Awards (Adobe .pdf file, 70KB)

How does IDRC choose candidates for the Research Awards? Learn about the evaluation process.
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.

A list of Candidates Recommended for an Award will be posted on the IDRC website by December 2014.