IDRC-IERI Doctoral Research Awards

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The principal objective of the IDRC-TUT Doctoral Research Awards is to identify case studies on context-specific innovation processes from Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

The IDRC-IERI Doctoral Research Award are valued at ZAR 72, 000.00 (equivalent to CAD$10,000) each and are expected to identify innovation activities in one of the four countries through case studies.

The award seeks to enhance the engagement of doctoral students in field research within this subject area to produce high quality dissertations, encourage timely completion of their training and produce findings that are policy relevant.

This competition invites research proposals on specific questions that address the following themes:

  • How does indicator development (and use) differ in country-specific cases in Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa?
  • In what way(s) do innovation processes differ in Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa?

    Award recipients will also engage in training to learn techniques, approaches, and uses of science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators as part of the policy process.

    This training, which includes a three day workshop, will support the measurement and evaluation of domestic science, technology, and innovation capabilities in participating countries, and more specifically will help build a critical mass of graduate students, researchers, and junior-to-mid-level policymakers with a strong understanding of the importance of linking various STI capabilities in the country.

    The award will cover justifiable field research expenses (examples include: Living Expenses, Health Insurance, Travel and Communication Costs) up to a maximum of ZAR 72, 000.00 (equivalent to CAD$10,000).


    Applicants must meet the following conditions for eligibility:

  • Hold citizenship in a sub-Saharan African country;
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral program in a sub-Saharan African university;
  • Research proposal is for a doctoral thesis and has been approved by the thesis supervisor;
  • Proposed field research will take place in - Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and/or South Africa;
  • Provide evidence of affiliation with an institution or organization in the country in which the research will take place (i.e. in Mozambique, Senegal, Rwanda and/or South Africa);
  • It is an advantage to have completed course work and passed comprehensive examinations (if applicable) by the time of award tenure.

    Deadline: 16th December

    For more information and application, visit: IDRC-IERI Doctoral Research Awards Website

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