18 September, 2019.





IDRC Research award 2020: Development in Fragile contexts

A growing proportion of the world’s poor and displaced people are concentrated in fragile contexts and many of the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met if fragility is not addressed. Fragile contexts are marked by multiple and mutually reinforcing challenges, including institutional, livelihoods, climate, and economic. Progress in such contexts will depend on: long-term commitment; solutions that address vulnerabilities, are people-centered, strengthen institutions and systems of governance; and collaboration between humanitarian assistance, security, and international development. IDRC believes research has an important role to play in fragile contexts, to provide localized evidence and solutions. We are seeking a research award recipient who can contribute to this programming.

Applications are invited for this position to work on one of the following 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 progress in democratisation has been reversed, and whether and how research can help address this

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IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer 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 mentorship allow research award recipients to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program teams.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Development in Fragile contexts

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

12 months: January to December 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (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.

Note: the expectation of receiving a post-graduation work permit is not sufficient.

  • The proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.
  • These awards may be part of an academic requirement.

Note: Successful award recipients cannot receive any other Canadian government scholarship, award, subsidy, bursary, or honorarium, or hold any federal government contract in support of a research/work project for the duration of the award. This includes any other IDRC award and any award managed by another institution but supported in whole or in part by IDRC, such as the Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars program.

Candidates should also have the following qualifications:

  • 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; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Field experience in developing countries is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • French language skills an asset

Opportunity Cost


  • 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.

How to Apply

First Step: Create an account from here.

Second Step: Apply the application from here.

Research component:

  • relevance of the proposal to IDRC’s mandate and strategic priorities
  • relevance of the proposal to the chosen IDRC theme’s specifications
  • clarity and quality of the proposal
  • clarity and appropriateness in addressing the ethical considerations and gender dimensions of the proposed research
  • applicant’s capacity to conduct the proposed program of research, including academic training, local language capacity, and related experience

Program management and support component:

  • applicant’s capacity to conduct program of work, including related employment experience.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Reham Hassan/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Nada Ahmed/ Egypt and Samah Gacem/ Algeria
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