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IRDC Internship Awards

Submitted by dfto on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 11:26am

These awards provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. The internship is designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management – in the creation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge from an international perspective.


Internships will be considered for a program of training and research responding to IDRC's research priorities. IDRC's research activities focus on three program areas *:

  • Social and Economic Equity
  • Environment and Natural Resources Management
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development

The training program will encompass the following elements:

  • for approximately half of the time, the intern will undertake a program of research on the topic submitted when competing for the Internship, and
  • for the other portion of the time, the intern will be trained in the techniques of research management through hands-on experience with the Centre's policies and practices for grant administration under the mentorship of a program officer/s.

The application must show how the intern will accomplish a set of learning objectives. IDRC requires applicants to specify one Program Initiative only to match their interest. At its discretion, IDRC may forward the application to a second Program Initiative.**

Duration of Tenure

Internships are tenable for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 12 months at IDRC headquarters in Ottawa or in a Regional Office. Developing country nationals residing in their home country (or another country) must hold their internships in the appropriate Regional Office.

Employment Status

Interns doing their internship in Canada will receive a salary in the range of $27,500 to $30,800 per year, depending on experience and qualifications. They will be considered as full-time term employees of the Centre. Benefits include contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax and the Canada Pension Plan and 4 per cent in lieu of vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses will also be supported, up to a maximum of $4,000. The salary range and benefits for interns located in the Regional Offices will vary according to regional conditions. No allowance for relocation is provided.


The program is aimed at candidates who, through demonstrated achievements in academic studies, work or research, have shown interest in the creation and utilization of knowledge from an international perspective. Candidates can be Canadians (or permanent residents) or citizens of developing countries, and should have had some training at the master's level. Candidates need not be affiliated with an institution. They may participate in internships as part of an academic requirement.


The following documents should be submitted by the applicant:

  • internship objectives
  • proposed program of research and budget for research and travel (maximum 10 pages) to show how the proposed research will contribute to the particular Program Initiative and how the candidate will benefit from participating in this internship
  • curriculum vitae
  • letters from two (2) academic references
  • academic transcripts
  • proof of citizenship/permanent residency/valid work permit

All supporting documentation must be received by the deadline before the application will be considered.


IDRC staff will review the applications and select successful candidates.

Number of Awards

Approximately ten


Deadline for receipt of applications: September 18, 2000

Announcement of awards: End of November 2000

Commencement of awards: January 2001


IDRC Internship Awards
Centre Training and Awards Unit
International Development Research Centre
PO Box 8500, Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9
250 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 6M1

Tel: (613) 236-6163 ext. 2098
Fax: (613) 563-0815

Candidates cannot receive any other government scholarship, award, subsidy, bursary, honorarium or hold any federal government contract in support of a research/work project for the duration of the award.

Non-Canadians residing or studying in Canada will be required to have a valid work permit before the commencement of the Internship.

* Candidates are advised to visit IDRC's web site for information on the Program Initiatives.

** The specifications for Centre Internships are linked to current program priorities and structure. The Centre reserves the right to change program priorities and structure and this may determine the final choice and allocation of Centre Internships.

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