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IDRC Canadian Window on International Development Awards

Due to changing priorities, IDRC no longer offers the Canadian Window on International Development (CANWIN) Awards. Doctoral students are invited to consider submitting proposals to the IDRC Doctoral Research Awards (IDRA) competition

IDRC offers these awards annually to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards support field research in Canada and one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to
IDRC current thematic priorities. For further details about the thematic priorities, candidates are strongly encouraged to consult the Program Prospectus or Overview documents available on the website. Applications proposing field research outside these thematic areas will not be considered.

Countries subject to approval

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not support awards that involve research in Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Somalia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

Prior to issuing the award and contract
(for selected candidates), field research proposed in the following countries or territories must be approved by IDRC: 

Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, 
Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Small Island States [including Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Timor-Leste and Oceania (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna)], South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen. 

Who can apply
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: 
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country
  • Be enrolled at a Canadian university at the master’s or doctoral level
  • Your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor
  • Your proposed field research must take place in Canada and one or more developing countries and be conducted for a master’s or doctoral dissertation 
  • You must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in both Canada and the developing-country regions in which the research will take place
  • You must have completed course work and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award.
If you are selected for an award, you have up to 12 months to start your field research from the date of the final selection.

To apply

These awards are offered once a year. For more information on the award, how to apply, and deadlines, please visit the Competitions page.

Award holders

No candidates were recommended during the competition of April 2013
Canadian Window on International Development Awards
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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