IDRC International Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC International Doctoral Research Awards (IDRA) are intended to build capacity and develop research skills in Canada and the Global South to improve the lives of people in the Global South.

The objectiveof the project is tostrengthenthecapacitiesof emerging researchers at Canadian universities, growing the cohort of researchers able to design, lead and carry out high quality research thatcontributes totheSustainable Development Goals andspecificdevelopment outcome areas of particular interest to IDRC.

“For decades, IDRC has offered scholarships to doctoral students at Canadian universities to pursue international field work that ensures relevant and impactful research is done to tackle key development challenges of the day. In partnership with Universities Canada, these awards continue the tradition of research excellence while expanding the award’s reach. The need has never been greater to ensure the best new ideas are supported from all corners of the globe to help tackle the challenges of our time and provide a path forward for a more inclusive and sustainable world.”
—Dominique Charron, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships at IDRC

“Canadian universities are invested in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing the most pressing challenges facing humankind. With the support of the IDRC-IDRA scholarship, the next generation of researchers and innovators will bring new ideas and solutions to improve lives and advance knowledge in the developing world.”
—Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada

Call for applications

This call for applications is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Awards will cover the costs of field research conducted for a doctoral dissertation in one or more countries in the Global South.

Number and value of awards

24 awards of up to $20,000 each.


Monday, July 17, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

For more information, please see the guidelines.

Eligible applicants can apply online here.

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