IDRC Canadian Window on International Development Awards

Quick Facts

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) offers awards for field research in Canada and one or more developing countries. One type of the awards is for doctoral research that explores the relationship between Canadian aid, trade, immigration, diplomatic policy, and international development and the alleviation of global poverty. The second type of awards will be granted for doctoral or master's research into a problem that is common to First Nations or Inuit communities in Canada and a developing region of the world.

Annual Value: 
Maximum of $20,000 to cover justifiable field research expenses
Award Status: 

Likely in April 2015


Applicants must:

  • hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status in Canada, or hold a citizenship of a developing country
  • be registered at a Canadian university
  • be conducting the proposed research for a doctoral or Master’s dissertation
  • must have completed course work and passed comprehensive examinations by the time of the award tenure

Please note: Master’s level students are only eligible to apply for the award pertaining to research into the First Nations or Inuit communities and a developing country.

Permanent Resident
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Incoming Students
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Continuing Students

Evaluation Criteria

Successful proposals will identify the potential for Canada and the developing country to learn from one another in dealing with the shared problem or issue.  Award tenure corresponds to a period of field research, which will be no less than 3 months and, in general, no more than 12 months, for a maximum of $20,000 per year awarded to cover justifiable field research expenses. At this time, the Centre Training and Awards Program is not supporting awards which involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.


Application Procedures: 

Complete applications are to be submitted to the IDRC. Full application procedures and forms are available on the IDRC web site.

Further Information

More information is available on the IDRC web site.

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