In their own words: IDRC awardees share their experiences

IDRC has a proud history of nurturing emerging researchers in Canada and in low and middle income countries to create a critical mass of trained and experienced scientists who will apply their research in innovative ways to solve development problems.

Our awards and fellowships help build the capacity and careers of individuals by funding academic study and mobility, research, the development of complementary skills, and hands-on experience.

Each year, IDRC offers graduate students the opportunity to fund their innovative work that will address development challenges through the:

  • IDRC Research Awards: a dozen young scholars and/or practitioners spend a year at IDRC carrying out field research while gaining experience in program management;
  • IDRC Doctoral Research Awards: every year, 20 scholars receive up to CA$20,000 to support their field research; and
  • Awards and fellowships funded by individual donors: some 4-6 scholars receive support through the Bentley Research Fellowship, Bene Research Fellowship, Hopper-Bhatia Canada fellowships and awards, and the Rachel DesRosiers Award each year.

Other IDRC-supported awards and fellowships:

  • Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars: the program is managed by Universities Canada and will support up to 450 scholars over a five-year period.
  • Early Career Women Scientist Fellowships: a new program expected to start in early 2018 that will support 60 women scientists over a five-year period. The program will be managed by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World.
  • Professional Development Awards: allow individuals with career experience to further develop their expertise and professional capacity by working with IDRC staff on program and research issues.

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Meet some of our IDRC Research Awardees (2014-2016)

Read about the impact the award has had on their research and experience.


Laura Husak
Research Awards, 2015
Sri Lanka

How can new technologies that prevent the loss of fruit after harvest make it from the lab to the market?
Katie Clancy
Research Awards, 2015
“Did you know that people in some countries sacrifice bread and milk to buy mobile phone credit?”
Claire Le Barbenchon
Research Awards, 2015
Viet Nam

Experiencing the realities of research in the field is what Claire Le Barbenchon, a 2015 IDRC Research Award recipient.
Ahmed K. Rashid
Research Awards, 2014
Bangladesh, Canada

For two-time Research Award recipient (2012 and 2014) Ahmed Rashid, his IDRC experience “gave me the confidence to conduct high quality research in social sciences.”
Mathieu Feagan
Research Awards, 2014
Canada, North And Central America, South America

Graduate education should challenge traditional modes of learning and create new knowledge.
Nana Yaa Boadu
Research Awards, 2014

“IDRC gave me the unique viewpoint of understanding health research and programming from a funder’s perspective.”
Jyotiraj Patra
Research Awards, 2014

The gap between research and policy can be wide, but 2014 IDRC Research Award recipient Jyotiraj Patra has identified three steps for bridging it.
Monica Morrison
Research Awards, 2014
Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia

Wildlife of all kinds freely cross the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, but is the research data needed to protect them as mobile?
Parnali Chowdhury
Research Awards, 2016

If Parnali Chowdury’s research is any indication, children in Bangladesh are not going to give up their sugary drinks easily.
Gussai Sheikheldin
Research Awards, 2016

Public technology intermediaries have been an important part of Tanzania's national development efforts.