18 September, 2019.





IDRC Research award 2020: Innovations in Education

This theme explores research on education in the Global South. Education is a critical foundation for addressing multiple development challenges, yet significant efforts are still required to achieve SDG 4, inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. Important challenges in this field include developing more effective learning environments and substantially increasing the supply of qualified teachers. IDRC’s work on education contributes specifically to universal primary and secondary education, and equal access to quality technical/vocational training and higher education. Much of IDRC’s interest lies in understanding the role of educational innovations for improving access to and quality of education in the Global South.

Under this theme, IDRC is seeking a research award recipient to conduct research on one of the following areas:

  • The impact of educational innovations (e.g., gaming, data analytics, machine learning, other “ed tech”) in Global South contexts
  • The role and impact of open educational resources in the Global South
  • The role of the data revolution (e.g. big, open, and crowdsourced data, alongside traditional statistics) in helping to make better decisions and ultimately improve the delivery of education
  • How to scale education innovations (including scaling teacher professional development)
  • How educational innovations advance gender equality, equity, diversity, and inclusivity of education in the Global South (e.g. breaking down barriers for women in STEM or bringing the Arts into STEM, i.e. STEAM)

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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:

  • Innovations in Education

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:

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in education, computer science, engineering, social sciences, development studies, interdisciplinary studies, or a related field;
  • General interest in research on educational technology, education policy, international development, and/or international and comparative education;
  • Specific interest and experience working in a development organization and/or conducting research or working in a developing country is an asset; and
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills for different audiences (academic, policy, public).

Your research proposal should demonstrate:

  • Relevance to the theme and one or more of the topics listed in this call
  • Strong understanding of the broader issues in this thematic area
  • Ability to outline feasible objectives and a clearly defined research methodology

Language requirements:

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese would be 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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