In their own words: IDRC awardees share their experiences
IDRC has a proud history of nurturing emerging researchers in Canada and in low and middle income countries to create a critical mass of trained and experienced scientists who will apply their research in innovative ways to solve development problems.
Our awards and fellowships help build the capacity and careers of individuals by funding academic study and mobility, research, the development of complementary skills, and hands-on experience.
Each year, IDRC offers graduate students the opportunity to fund their innovative work that will address development challenges through the:
- IDRC Research Awards: a dozen young scholars and/or practitioners spend a year at IDRC carrying out field research while gaining experience in program management;
- IDRC Doctoral Research Awards: every year, 20 scholars receive up to CA$20,000 to support their field research; and
- Awards and fellowships funded by individual donors: some 4-6 scholars receive support through the Bentley Research Fellowship, Bene Research Fellowship, Hopper-Bhatia Canada fellowships and awards, and the Rachel DesRosiers Award each year.
Other IDRC-supported awards and fellowships:
- Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars: the program is managed by Universities Canada and will support up to 450 scholars over a five-year period.
- Early Career Women Scientist Fellowships: a new program expected to start in early 2018 that will support 60 women scientists over a five-year period. The program will be managed by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World.
- Professional Development Awards: allow individuals with career experience to further develop their expertise and professional capacity by working with IDRC staff on program and research issues.