The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The aim of IDRC is to create innovative, lasting local solutions that build “healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.” IDRC was established by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 under The International Development Research Centre Act, which directs IDRC “to initiate, encourage, support and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.” About the Fellowship Solving local development issues requires local solutions. But developing countries face a number of challenges (insufficient resources, inadequate research environments) in their efforts to build a body of homegrown experts to address pressing social, economic and other problems.
IDRC’s International Fellowships Program seeks to address these challenges by funding awards programs managed by developing country institutions that support the research training of graduate and post-graduate students and researchers within local institutions. The program also seeks to build the capacity of these institutions to manage competitive grant processes and to foster their sustainability. Fellowships are currently offered in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Research areas complement IDRC’s thematic priorities.
Individual Institution Eligibility Requirements
Grants cover the costs for doctoral field research, full study master’s and PhDs, post-doctoral research, internships and visiting fellowships. Students participate in training workshops to enhance their research, writing, and communication skills. The program also provides support for mentorship, encourages researchers to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and it provides funding to support the timely review and examination of dissertations. In a few cases, funding is provided for semesters abroad and visiting fellowships in Canada.
Duration: 0 – 4 years