Inaugural recipients of the Hopper-Bhatia Canada Fund

January 31, 2018

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, and managed by IDRC. Its purpose is to fund young researchers in the early stages of their careers, particularly women, through fellowships, scholarships, or internships.

IDRC is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fund’s first two awards:

nuagural recipient: Rachana DevkotaRachana Devkota was selected for the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Research Fellowship in Canada, which is awarded to the top candidate identified through IDRC’s Doctoral Research Award call. Rachana is pursuing a PhD in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph. Her research focus is the Gender transformative approach to agriculture innovation system in Nepal.

Elizabeth SolorzanoElizabeth Solorzano was selected for the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fellowship in Latin America and the Caribbean, through a closed call process managed by IDRC’s regional office in Latin America. Elizabeth is affiliated with the applied entomology and parasitology laboratory at the University San Carlos de Guatemala. Her research focus is The relationship between cutaneous reactions to pharmaceuticals used to treat Chagas disease and the genotypes of molecules involved in immunological recognition in two population groups of different ethnic origin.

Read more about the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fund.