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 (2014-2017)

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


Victor Oteku
Research Awards, 2017

Working in IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa, Oteku’s research sought to uncover socio-political and economic factors that shape partnerships for technological innovation in Kenya.
Sujaya Neupane
Research Awards, 2017

For 2017 IDRC Research Award Recipient Sujaya Neupane, carrying out fieldwork in Nepal was literally coming home.
Emma Fieldhouse
Research Awards, 2017
What makes a good leader? Are the desired qualities the same the world over and in every field? Those questions were at the heart of Emma Fieldhouse’s research as a 2017 IDRC Research Award Recipient.
Ruth Nara
Research Awards, 2017

“I am more than encouraged to continue contributing to reducing the systemic inequalities that affect access to health.”
Trung Nguyen
Research Awards, 2017
Viet Nam

Climate change is a crucial issue in Trung Huu Nguyen’s home country of Vietnam, particularly its coastal cities.
Stacey Haugen
Research Awards, 2017

“I hypothesized that this resettlement and integration could be mutually beneficial for both refugees and rural Canada,” she says.
Natalia Yang
Research Awards, 2017
South Asia

What motivates researchers and funders to collaborate with different partners?
Machteld van den Berg
Research Awards, 2017

In recent years there has been an accelerated push to develop a malaria vaccine, she says. But questions surface around justice and the vulnerability of the research participants and intended benefactors.
Jonathan De Luca
Research Awards, 2017
Myanmar, Viet Nam

“The top priority for youth in Myanmar and Vietnam isn’t a high salary,” says Jonathan de Luca, 2017 IDRC Research Award Recipient. “It’s adequate health, being able to spend time with family, and to develop and use skills.”
Carly Hayes
Research Awards, 2017
South America

Is it possible to tackle obesity and undernourishment simultaneously? That’s the question 2017 Research Award Recipient Carly Hayes set out to answer.