Research award: Maternal and Child Health

Deadline: September 6, 2017

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 award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

IDRC’s Maternal and Child Health program aims to save and improve the lives of women, adolescents, and children by developing solutions that promote the quality and accountability of health services for the most vulnerable. We are particularly committed to developing solutions through implementation research that promotes the systematic uptake of evidence-based research into routine practice and policies and ultimately improves the quality, accessibility, and effectiveness of health services and care. Reaching these vulnerable populations requires strengthening primary healthcare systems and improving the collection, analysis, and use of health information to ensure resources are allocated where they are most needed.  

The Maternal and Child Health program welcomes research proposals that focus on one of the following topic areas, with a particular focus on West Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa:

  • Health information systems
  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2018 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Strong research, analytical, and communication skills;
  • Familiarity with key institutions (including Canadian) that are active in global health research and policy; and
  • An understanding of health systems and social and gender analysis.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and French.

Please note that preference will be given to master’s degree candidates or recent graduates. The Research Award Recipient will spend approximately 50% of the time on their own research and 50% as an integral part of the Maternal and Child Health team. The successful candidate will contribute to the program's work on managing a portfolio of research projects.

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada.

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