An Opportunity to Win a Research Grant in Development in Fragile Contexts Valued CA$15,000in Canada

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Research award 2020 in fragile contexts is now opened. As a growing proportion of the world’s poor and displaced people are concentrated in fragile contexts, many of the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met if this fragility is not addressed. IDRC believes research has an important role to play in fragile contexts, to provide localized evidence and solutions. They are seeking a research award recipient who can contribute to this topic. 

Areas Related to Fragile Contexts:

  • Reduction and prevention of violence: research that addresses violence as a structural barrier that undermines social, economic or political empowerment, and solutions and directions for bolstering the development potential of women and excluded groups as agents of good governance.
  • Legal empowerment to develop solutions and tools for increasing equitable access by communities and individuals to resources and services needed for economic, social and political equality.
  • Economic growth and employment: research that addresses the role of economic growth, private sector, and (youth) unemployment in context of fragility, and the interactions between socio-economic vulnerabilities on the one hand and violence and (in)security on the other.
  • Displaced populations: particularly research on solutions that promote development goals for (forced) migrants in host societies.
  • Backslide in democracy: research that looks at how to progress in democratization has been reversed, and whether and how research can help address this.

Eligibility Criteria: 

This call is open to:

  • Canadians or permanent residents of Canada who are enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university or have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university.
  • Citizens of a developing country who are enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a Canadian university or have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university. In either case, applicants must already have a work permit valid for full-time work (37.5 hours per week) in Canada until December 31, 2020, prior to applying.

Other eligibility requirements

  • The proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.
  • These awards may be part of an academic requirement.
  • The specific eligibility criteria of each research theme must be satisfied.
  • Work experience in development fields mentioned above, particularly in fragile contexts.
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or previous experience in policy or implementation research.
  • Knowledge of research for development.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Field experience in developing countries will be a great asset.
  • Proficiency in English
  • French language skills an asset


Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted. They will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective. For payroll purposes, awardees are considered full-time employees of IDRC. Benefits include employer contributions to employment insurance, employer health tax, the Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Human Rights, Politics, Research, Law, Economics

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students
Monthly salary
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Participation fees, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
CV, Degree Certificate, Copy of Passport, Research Proposal

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
All Specialties
Educational Level
Master, Ph.D
Required Languages
English, French
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