FAQs for IDRC Research Awards 2018 Call

Questions

1. If I am selected for a Research Award, do I need a work permit to start the award?

2. I am a student enrolled in a master’s program. Am I eligible for a Research Award?

3. What is the deadline to submit an application to this call?

4. What is the duration of the award?

5. I am required to complete a two-month internship placement as part of my program of studies. Do I qualify for a Research Award?

6. When will you announce the results?

7. I am required to complete an internship in an organization selected by my university. Can this be supported by IDRC?

8. What programs can I apply for?

9. How do you select Research Awardees?

10. Can someone at IDRC review my research proposal before I apply?

11. What should I include in the research proposal?

13. What is gender-sensitive research and how do I integrate gender in my research?

14. Can I start later than January?

15. What is the duration of the field research component?

16. Which countries do you recognize as developing countries?

17. What do you mean by “recognized university” and why do you sometimes write “recognized” and sometimes “Canadian” university?

 

1) If I am selected for a Research Award, do I need a work permit to start the award?

Please read the details in the Eligibility section of the IDRC Research Awards 2018 call page. Note that significant changes have been made to the eligibility criteria in the last two years.

2) I am a student enrolled in a master’s program. Am I eligible for a Research Award?

In principle yes, but we suggest you read the specifications of the program that interests you, as the eligibility criteria may vary from one program to another. Please note that you must meet all criteria and be able to work on a full-time basis.

3) What is the deadline to submit an application to this call?

The deadline changes every year. Visit the call page for the exact date.

4) What is the duration of the award?

The award is for a twelve-month period, from January to December.

5) I am required to complete a two-month internship placement as part of my studies. Do I still qualify for a Research Award?

No. The Research Award is offered for an uninterrupted period of twelve months.

6) When will you announce the results?

Results for the Research Awards call will be available by late November in the call page.

7) I am required to complete an internship in an organization selected by my university. Can this be supported by IDRC?

No, Research Awardees are only based in IDRC offices.

8) What programs can I apply for?

The list of programs hosting a Research Awardee changes every year. Visit the call page for details on the positions offered by IDRC’s programs.

9) How do you select Research Awardees?

You can find out more about the Research Awards evaluation process in the Evaluation criteria section of the call page, as well as in the checklist and FAQs of the call.

10) Can someone at IDRC review my research proposal before I apply?

The review of research proposals follows set procedures that do not involve feedback at this stage of your application. Candidates can review the research currently being supported by IDRC’s programs and become familiar with the objectives of each award.

11) What should I include in the research proposal?

All required information is clearly indicated in separate headings in the online application form.

12) How should I address the “ethics considerations” in the application form?

The first thing to consider is that research supported by a Research Award must comply with the latest edition of the Canadian Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2).

The proposal should therefore address the following issues:

  1. Consent
  2. Fairness and equity
  3. Privacy and confidentiality
  4. Conflicts of interest

Each of these issues is covered in the TCPS2, so you can refer to the document for guidance on how to address them in your proposal. In addition, you can consult research ethics literature, as well as articles describing research similar to yours that may provide insight into how other researchers dealt with the ethical issues that may arise in your study.

In your application you must also indicate with appropriate reference(s) whether the country where data collection will occur requires a local research ethics committee to review your project. Please note that as a Research Award Recipient, you will be required to complete the TCPS 2 online training within the first weeks of your employment.

13) What is gender-sensitive research and how do I integrate gender in my research?

All research supported by a Research Award is expected to be gender-sensitive, and your proposal should reflect this. In gender-sensitive research, researchers recognize that gender is a significant variable that must be considered throughout the lifecycle of a study — from the formulation of research questions and objectives to the data collection and the presentation of the findings.

Several resources about gender-sensitive research and how to “engender” research are available online. The meaning of gender sensitivity will differ for each research project. For this reason, ensure that you consult a variety of resources to develop a sense of the approach that is most relevant to your research project. A free online course is offered by SciDev, and this checklist was developed as part of a project examining gender in research funded by the European Union.

In your proposal, illustrate how integrating a gender perspective will improve the relevance and quality of your project.

14) Can I start later than January?

All Research Awardees start in January. In exceptional circumstances you may start later than January, but only with IDRC’s approval. In these cases the award will still end in December.

15) What is the duration of the field research component?

The duration of the research varies, but it is usually two to three months.

16) Which countries do you recognize as developing countries?

IDRC recognizes the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients which lists the countries and territories eligible for Official Development Assistance. However, for exceptions and specifics on the countries, please see the section under “Research country exceptions” in the call page.

17) What do you mean by “recognized university” and why do you sometimes write “recognized” and sometimes “Canadian” university?

A “recognized university” is any university in the world that can grant a degree and is listed as such by the country in which it is located. We require applicants to be registered in, or have a degree from a recognized university.

In certain cases the university should be Canadian (specifically for applicants from low and middle-income countries who are currently completing a degree, because they will already have an appropriate work permit if they are studying at a Canadian university).