IDRC Research Awards 2022-2023

How to Apply: 

Deadline: February 14, 2022

About IDRC

About IDRC:  As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) champions and funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change. We invest in high quality-research in developing countries, share knowledge with researchers and policymakers for greater uptake and use, and mobilize our global alliances to build a more sustainable and inclusive world

About the awards

This year IDRC will offer research awards related to these development areas or themes: Climate-Resilient Food SystemsDemocratic and Inclusive GovernanceEducation and ScienceEthics in Development ResearchGlobal Health, Policy and Evaluation, and Sustainable Inclusive Economies. (NOTE: Specific eligibility criteria of each research theme must be satisfied).

Proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients; Research cannot be proposed in countries with Government of Canada travel security advisories to "Avoid all travel".  The field research component can be a maximum of 3 months; you will spend the rest of the year at the IDRC head office in Ottawa.


If your research proposal is selected, you will join IDRC as a Research award recipient for a period of 12 months from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023 with a salary in Canadian dollars between CA$42,033 to CA$48,659 to undertake research on the topic you have submitted. You 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. Meet some or our former IDRC Research award recipients.

For payroll purposes, you will be considered a full-time non-union employee 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.

Who can apply

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries with a work permit valid for full-time work (37.5 hours per week) in Canada until 30 April 2023 which is required prior to applying (the expectation of receiving a post-graduation work permit is not sufficient)
  • Students from low or middle-income countries who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must be enrolled in a Canadian university 
  • Students who are enrolled in or who have completed a master’s program from a recognized university within the last three years or students enrolled in a PhD program with a recognized university
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed a master’s degree or who are enrolled in their first two years of a PhD program
Applications: Completed Research proposal submission and Academic information and professional qualifications form and a copy of your work permit valid at least until 30 April 2023, if applicable, which must be uploaded as part of the application process.

Candidates who are short-listed will need to present a letter of support from an organization willing to assist them in the field and provide general support (i.e. with local ethics review, administrative processes, etc.)
For program details, please visit the IDRC website at
For more information or assistance at Lakehead, please contact Jill Sherman,
External Deadline: 
Monday, February 14, 2022
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