Research award 2020: Global Health

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow research award recipients to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program teams.

IDRC health programming seeks a dynamic research award recipient who can support activities on, and make a scholarly contribution to global health. While there has been significant progress globally in reducing infant and maternal mortality and averting deaths from infectious diseases, the lowest-income countries and the poorest people within countries still have unacceptably poor outcomes from acute and chronic conditions. Non-communicable diseases are expanding in low-income contexts, and new environmental/climate conditions are increasing health risks. IDRC research responds to these challenges, through an integrated and people-centred approach in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Applications are invited for the position of research awardee to work on one of the following areas:

  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: implementation research that promotes the systematic uptake of evidence into practice and policies, including of reproductive, maternal and child health
  • Vulnerable populations: research that helps strengthen primary healthcare systems and Universal Health Coverage, including research on health financing and governance issues
  • Gender inequality and global health: research that unpacks gender differentials and appropriate responses to global health problems
  • Data, evidence, health information systems: research that supports interoperable information systems, standardization of data and use of evidence
  • Digital health: use of technology, informatics, and artificial intelligence to address inequities and improve access, storage and governance of digital technology in decision making

The successful candidate will allocate approximately 50% of their time to this research activity. The other 50% will be dedicated to supporting one of IDRC’s health programs. This includes participation in daily activities of the program, assist in organisation of activities, and publication and dissemination of results. 

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goal.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2020 call page.

Candidates should also have the following qualifications:

  • Work experience in any of the global health fields mentioned above;
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or previous experience in policy or implementation research;
  • Knowledge of research for development;
  • Strong research and analytical skills; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Field experience in developing countries is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • French language skills an asset