18 September, 2019.





IDRC Research award 2020: Ethics in Development Research

IDRC’s Advisory Committee on Research Ethics (ACRE) seeks a research award recipient who can support research ethics programming activities and make a scholarly contribution to research ethics in international development.

ACRE provides guidance to staff in the assessment and oversight of the research undertaken and/or supported by IDRC. ACRE’s mission is also to strengthen IDRC employees’ capacity to identify and address research ethics concerns that arise in their work. The successful candidate will allocate approximately 50% of their time to support ACRE’s coordinator and chair in implementing the Committee’s mandate and annual work plan.

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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:

  • Ethics in Development Research

Required Languages

English and French.

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 and/or graduate training in social sciences, global health, bioethics, and/or similar fields;
  • Demonstrated interest in research ethics in international development, and/or previous experience in international research ethics;
  • 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.

Possible types and topics of research projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ethical issues that may arise in research on violence, including gender-based violence
  • Research ethics in fragile contexts and in research involving vulnerable populations, such as refugees/displaced populations, and populations vulnerable to climate change, in particular women, adolescent girls and children
  • Ethical dilemmas in implementation of public health interventions in the context of complex emergencies
  • Gendered dimensions of research ethics in research for development
  • Ethical issues arising when incorporating disruptive technologies in research methodologies, such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, big data, gene editing/CRISPR, etc. (in the research for development domain)
  • Ethical dilemmas in the implementation of open data policies by governments and research organisations working in the Global South

Note: Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position; explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals; highlight the importance of their proposed scholarly contribution; and recognize the dual nature of the position (i.e. applied research activity and programmatic support for ACRE).

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This Scholarship Published by:
Reham Hassan/ Egypt

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