IDRC Doctoral Research Awards (closed)

Call for



Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies, Technology and Innovation


May 18, 2016 by 16:00 (EDT)




3-12 months





Approximately 20 grants of a maximum of CA$20,000 each


This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university.

Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Your research proposal must be approved by your thesis supervisor. Please provide proof.
  • Your proposed field research must take place in one or more developing countries, be conducted for a doctoral dissertation, and correspond to IDRC thematic priorities.
  • You must provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the developing region(s) in which the research will take place.
  • You must have completed coursework and passed comprehensive exams before taking up the award. 


IDRC Doctoral Research Awards are intended to promote the growth of Canadian and developing country capacity in research to improve the lives of people in the developing world. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. 

Special noteCandidates applying to this call for IDRC Doctoral Research Awards (IDRA) and indicating their area of work as related to the IDRC theme of Agriculture and Environment, will automatically be considered for what was previously entitled the Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship and will henceforth be known as the Bentley Research Fellowship.

More details

Access the call document, frequently asked questions(FAQs), and supporting documents

Interested in applying?

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application. You will be directed to our online application site that will provide further details.

Current award holders

Communication conjugale en matière de planning familial : expériences des couples béninois (Bénin), Université du Québec à Montréal, Interdisciplinary PhD in Health and Society

ALLEN, Sarah

Urban Water Scarcity in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam: An Urban Political Ecology Analysis of Urbanization and Water Security in Can Tho, York University, PhD in Geography. Ms. Allen was also awarded the Bentley Research Fellowship.


Avenues of Adaptation: Autonomous Adaptation to Climate Change in Myanmar, University of Ottawa, PhD in International Development


Women’s Participation in an Integrated Nutrition Education and Agriculture Intervention and its Effect on Households’ Food Security, and Women’s Diet and Decision-making Capacity in Ghana, McGill University, PhD in Public Health Nutrition

DJISSA, Gédéon Dossou

Dépenses sociales de santé et d’éducation et niveau de développement humain dans les pays en développement : Analyse empirique des relations dans le cas du Bénin, University of Ottawa, PhD in International Development

DYER, Julian

Theft, Monitoring and Agricultural Investment: Evidence from Maasai Watchmen in Western Kenya, University of Toronto, PhD in Economics


Adapting a Combination HIV Prevention Intervention Integrated with Group-led Matched-savings for Street-connected Young People in Western Kenya, University of Toronto, PhD in Medical Science


Opportunities for Climate Change Adaptation: Comparative Analysis on Indigenous Fisher Communities in the Canadian Arctic and Eastern Sri Lanka, McGill University, PhD in Geography


Engaging Men to Address Violence against Women in Sri Lanka: Action and Policy Responses, Ryerson University, PhD in Policy Studies

KOCSIS, Joanna

The Role of Leisure in Increasing Adolescents’ Participation in Society: The Effects of Stigma-Based Programming in Latin America (Dominican Republic and Cuba), University of Toronto, PhD in Planning

LAYCOCK, Katherine

Clarity and Cohesion: Moving Climate Change Adaptation Forward within Complex Urban Situations (Philippines), University of Waterloo, PhD in Planning


Caring through Borders: the Transnational Political Economy of Care through the Experiences of Migrant Haitian and Dominican Domestic Workers (Dominican Republic), Wilfrid Laurier University, PhD in Global Governance

MALTAIS, Stéphanie

De la fragilité à la résilience : comment améliorer le travail des acteurs interpellés dans la gestion d’une crise sanitaire ? (Guinée), University of Ottawa, PhD in International Development


Prevalence and Correlates of Overweight/Obesity, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours among School-aged Children in Zimbabwe, University of Ottawa, PhD in Epidemiology

MAWANI, Vrushti

Brokered Borders: Planning and Water Access in Times of Resurgent Religion (India), University of British Columbia, PhD in Urban Studies

McMILLAN, Rebecca

“Coproducing” Governance: Participatory Water Management, Livelihoods, and Democracy in Venezuela, University of Toronto, PhD in Geography


Maternal Health among the Batwa in Uganda: Listening, Privileging and Valuing Indigenous Voices (Kanungu District), University of Guelph, PhD in Epidemiology

SAVARD, Michelle

Enhancing the Competent Functioning and Reintegration of Young Mothers in Northern Uganda, Concordia University, PhD in Educational Studies


Women’s Autonomy and Domestic Labour Redistribution to Improve Food Security and Nutrition in Two Rural Communities of Colombia, McGill University, PhD in Nutrition and Food Security

SOHAL, Raman

North Star Alliance: A Case Study on Scaling Up and Sustainability of Health Services Delivery in Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania), University of Toronto, PhD in Global  Health

SWAN, Emma

Masculinities, Non-Violence and Peacebuilding in Palestine, University of Ottawa, PhD in International Development


Those who Grow the Food are the Most Hungry: Explaining Gendered Smallholder Farming Food Disparity in Northern Ghana, University of Western Ontario, PhD in Human Geography

WEN, Xin

The Long-term Impact of Ecological Restoration on Ecosystem Service in the Context of Climate Change in China, Université de Sherbrooke, PhD in Remote Sensing

WIGLE, Jannah

The ‘Right to Participate’: Adolescent Involvement in Reproductive Health Policymaking in Malawi, University of Toronto, PhD in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences


The Role of Transnational Donor Networks in Facilitating Access to Medical Equipment in Resource-Limited Settings (Ghana), University of Toronto, PhD in Health Policy