John G. Bene Fellowship


Likely July 2021

Annual Value

up to $15,000


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


Trees and People: Resilience in a changing climate – John G. Bene Fellowship 2020

Funded by the Bene Endowment and IDRC, the Bene fellowship is offered annually to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Candidates should have an academic background that combines an interest in forests with social sciences (e.g., forestry/agroforestry/natural resources management/environmental sciences/climate science).

The fellowship is intended to fund the costs of field research conducted in one or more countries of the Global South.  The Global South is defined as Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Far Eastern Asia, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Oceania. The fellowship faciliates field research on the relationship between forest resources and the social, economic, cultural, and environmental welfare of people in developing countries, particularly in the face of changing climate conditions. The successful candidate will propose research that benefits less privileged people in developing countries, aiming to increase the resilience of individuals and forest communities facing difficult contexts and challenges. Note that work focused on genomics and/or genetic modification is not eligible.



To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • you must be enrolled at a Canadian university at the master’s or doctoral level (when you submit your application, you must have completed several courses of the program, but not necessarily all of the courses);
  • have an academic background that combines an interest in forests with social sciences. Applicants from interdisciplinary programs are eligible, provided their programs contain the specified elements;
  • your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor and you must provide proof;
  • your proposed field of research must take place in one or more developing countries and be conducted for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation;
  • you must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place;
  • doctoral students must have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award; and
  • you may not be in receipt of two or more active IDRC awards at the same time. No time overlaps will be permitted.

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  • fit with IDRC mission and scope of the fellowship;
  • overall appropriateness, completeness, quality, and clarity of the research proposal;
  • overall methodology and considerations of cultural, logistical, and scientific constraints;
  • overall feasibility, duration, and timing of the research;
  • originality and creativity of the research;
  • potential contribution to existing knowledge on the issue;
  • gender dimensions of the research;
  • ethical considerations of the research;
  • benefit to the communities where the research is taking place;
  • suitability of the affiliated institution;
  • potential for research results to be disseminated and used;
  • budget; and
  • the applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed research, including academic training, local language capacity, professional skills, research experience, and knowledge of country/region of research.

Further Information

For complete eligibility criteria and application procedures, please visit: Contact for questions.