18 September, 2019.





IDRC Research award 2020: Global Health

IDRC health programming seeks a dynamic research award recipient who can support activities on, and make a scholarly contribution to global health. While there has been significant progress globally in reducing infant and maternal mortality and averting deaths from infectious diseases, the lowest-income countries and the poorest people within countries still have unacceptably poor outcomes from acute and chronic conditions. Non-communicable diseases are expanding in low-income contexts, and new environmental/climate conditions are increasing health risks. IDRC research responds to these challenges, through an integrated and people-centred approach in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Applications are invited for the position of research awardee to work on one of the following areas:

  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: implementation research that promotes the systematic uptake of evidence into practice and policies, including of reproductive, maternal and child health
  • Vulnerable populations: research that helps strengthen primary healthcare systems and Universal Health Coverage, including research on health financing and governance issues
  • Gender inequality and global health: research that unpacks gender differentials and appropriate responses to global health problems
  • Data, evidence, health information systems: research that supports interoperable information systems, standardization of data and use of evidence
  • Digital health: use of technology, informatics, and artificial intelligence to address inequities and improve access, storage and governance of digital technology in decision making

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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:

  • Global Health

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 any of the global health fields mentioned above;
  • 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.
  • The successful candidate will allocate approximately 50% of their time to this research activity. The other 50% will be dedicated to supporting one of IDRC’s health programs. This includes participation in daily activities of the program, assist in organisation of activities, and publication and dissemination of results.

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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