Research award 2020: Innovations in Education

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.

This theme explores research on education in the Global South. Education is a critical foundation for addressing multiple development challenges, yet significant efforts are still required to achieve SDG 4, inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. Important challenges in this field include developing more effective learning environments and substantially increasing the supply of qualified teachers. IDRC’s work on education contributes specifically to universal primary and secondary education, and equal access to quality technical/vocational training and higher education. Much of IDRC’s interest lies in understanding the role of educational innovations for improving access to and quality of education in the Global South.

Under this theme, IDRC is seeking a research award recipient to conduct research on one of the following areas:

  • The impact of educational innovations (e.g., gaming, data analytics, machine learning, other “ed tech”) in Global South contexts
  • The role and impact of open educational resources in the Global South
  • The role of the data revolution (e.g., big, open, and crowdsourced data, alongside traditional statistics) in helping to make better decisions and ultimately improve the delivery of education
  • How to scale education innovations (including scaling teacher professional development)
  • How educational innovations advance gender equality, equity, diversity, and inclusivity of education in the Global South (e.g. breaking down barriers for women in STEM or bringing the Arts into STEM, i.e. STEAM)

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of their time for a research project relating to the above topic(s) under the guidance of a senior program officer. The awardee will be expected to prepare a research plan, provide progress updates during the year, and present their findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will include contributions to IDRC program operations, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results; participating in program and project development, monitoring, and evaluation; supporting program communications and research dissemination activities; and preparing internal and external reports.

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

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:

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in education, computer science, engineering, social sciences, development studies, interdisciplinary studies, or a related field;
  • General interest in research on educational technology, education policy, international development, and/or international and comparative education;
  • Specific interest and experience working in a development organization and/or conducting research or working in a developing country is an asset; and
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills for different audiences (academic, policy, public).

Your research proposal should demonstrate:

  • Relevance to the theme and one or more of the topics listed in this call
  • Strong understanding of the broader issues in this thematic area
  • Ability to outline feasible objectives and a clearly defined research methodology

Language requirements:

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese would be an asset