The David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fund

Ramesh Bhatia has spent more than 40 years working for and with developmental aid/finance institutions, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund — and 11 of those years with IDRC, during which time he met his wife, Pilar. Pilar Bhatia worked at IDRC for nine years and, after some time spent focused on their growing family, continued her work in the development field, in large part at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and then in Asia. They currently live in the Philippines but come to Canada frequently to visit their children — both of whom hold appointments at Canadian universities — and their grandchildren.

“We wanted to honour our decades-long and much cherished friendship with David and Ruth Hopper [IDRC’s first President and his wife] while accomplishing what we often discussed following our retirements: giving back. We wanted to show our gratitude to Canada and the Centre for opportunities afforded to us, while also providing benefits to young and deserving researchers in our homelands, the Philippines and India — countries also dear to the Hoppers.”

Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia

Thanks to a bequest from Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia, the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fund was established in 2017. The fund is co-supported by IDRC and the IDRC Alumni Association; it is managed by IDRC. Its purpose is to fund young researchers in the early stages of their careers, particularly women, through fellowships, scholarships, or internships.

The fund will support the following:

  • Beginning in 2017 and biannually thereafter, IDRC will offer a David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Research Fellowship to a top candidate in Canada identified through the IDRC Doctoral Research Award (IDRA) call. For information on the call, please visit the IDRA call page.
  • Beginning in 2017, and annually thereafter, IDRC will support an institution in the Philippines to manage a David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Research Canada Fellowship for a deserving scholar in the Philippines. Details to follow.
  • Beginning in 2017, IDRC will offer a David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Internship or Fellowship, to be managed annually by one of IDRC’s regional offices, on a rotational basis. Details will be available through the appropriate regional office in any given year (Montevideo 2017; Nairobi 2018; New Delhi 2019; Cairo 2020, and so on).
  • Beginning in 2018, and biannually thereafter, IDRC will support an institution in India to manage a David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Research Canada Fellowship for a deserving scholar in India. Details to follow.