New funding to support scholars in Asia

April 10, 2017

IDRC partners with the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) to support scholars in tackling barriers to inclusive development in Asia

Despite a fast economic growth record in Asia, the benefits have not trickled down to all segments of society. Rigorous, applied, policy-relevant research is needed, and so are young researchers who can study the links between growth and the economic and social policies that could support a more inclusive pattern of development in Asia.

To that effect, the IGIDR is running a capacity building program in inclusive development with a special focus on the labour market and industrial policy. As part of this initiative and with funding from IDRC, the following scholarships are available to students who are citizens of the following Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Master’s program in Economics (five scholarships per academic year)

A two-year program that provides students with rigorous hands-on training in economics. Special emphasis will be placed on analytical and problem solving skills, and exposure to emerging policy issues at the national and international levels.

M.Phil. program in Development Studies (three scholarships per academic year)

A two-year program designed for students seeking an advanced level of analytical and applied skills, but who may not be keen on pursuing a PhD. The program involves the successful completion of course work and a dissertation on a topic that broadly involves the labour market and industrial policy.

Visiting doctoral students (three scholarships per academic year)

Each visiting doctoral scholarship is for a maximum period of twelve months. During this time, candidates will complete at least one major essay of their theses at IGIDR, which would be published as an IGIDR working paper following review.

Post-doctoral program (two scholarships)

Post-doctoral scholarships are available for scholars from the target countries who are recently graduated PhD candidates, or for junior faculty who have submitted PhD dissertations or obtained PhD degrees with an outstanding academic record and with training in economics, particularly inclusive development. Grantees will be expected to produce at least two working papers per year; they will also be expected to give at least two seminars at IGIDR each year based on their work at IGIDR.


As applicable, all selected candidates will receive the scholarship, medical coverage, book grants, conference travel funding, housing, and one round trip economy airfare.

Application details

Applications must be received by May 31, 2017.

Read the calls for competitions for all of the above programs, including eligibility criteria and scholarship details