IDCR Research award 2020 In Food Systems and Cash Prize Valued CA$15,000

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IDRC is offering a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year paid, in‐house programs of training and mentor-ship allow research award recipients to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program teams. IDRC aims to empower researchers, farmers, consumers, and policy-makers across the developing world to transition their populations towards healthier, more equitable and sustainable food systems.

Research Topics:

IDRC is looking for a research award recipient to conduct research on one of the following areas of interest:

  • Research on the drivers or enablers of change in food environments.
  • Research on the aspects of the political, social and physical food environments.
  • Evidence on how transforming food systems may impact on gender.
  • Research to inform the evaluation of fiscal and regulatory interventions. 
  • Cross-sector policy analyses and strategies for improving coherence between public policies and regulations that impact food systems.
  • quantify the current and future environmental or economic costs of different production or consumption.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of their time for a research project relating to the above topic(s) under the guidance of a senior program officer. The awardee will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates during the year, and present their findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to IDRC program operations.

Eligibility Criteria: 

Candidates should also have the following qualifications:

  • General interest in research on agriculture or public health and food system issues in developing countries;
  • Specific interest and some experience with food systems, agriculture and/or public health nutrition in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English.
  • French or Spanish language skills an asset.

It is highly desirable that the candidate has completed a master’s program related to one of the following disciplines:

  • Political science, public policy.
  • Public health nutrition.
  • Agri-food systems/economics.
  • Development studies/International development.

Your research proposal should demonstrate a clear research question connected to one of the areas of interest above, identifying the source(s) of empirical data, and the analytical methods to be used. The proposal should also describe a potential audience that could benefit from this work, and outline approaches for reaching that audience and enabling the research to make a potential impact.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Participation fees, Other
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
Research Proposal, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Agriculture and Veterinary Science
Educational Level
Required Languages
No Language Required
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