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Research award 2021: Sustainable inclusive growth

Deadline: September 16, 2020

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 several 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.

Sustainable development and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals are being increasingly hampered by the twin challenges of climate change and persistent and growing inequalities. Economic growth models are leaving many people behind. If this growth continues unabated, it will accelerate environmental depletion to unsustainable levels. In turn, climate change is creating new vulnerabilities, and low-income countries and marginalized groups (women and youth in particular) tend to be disproportionally affected. This development outcome area explores research that supports the economic empowerment of marginalized groups such as women and youth, and contributes to the development of sustainable, climate resilient, low-carbon, technologically advanced, and prosperous societies.

Under this thematic area, IDRC is looking for a research award recipient to conduct research on low-carbon development in one of the following areas:

  • the intersection between gender equality and low carbon development;
  • the private sector and promotion of the triple impact economy;
  • low carbon transition and labour markets; and/or
  • equitable transition to clean technology and renewable energy.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of their time to 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, and present their findings at the end of the year. The other 50% of the successful candidate’s time will involve contributing to IDRC program operations, which may include tasks such as supporting calls for proposals under the program, scoping opportunities for research and partnering, coordinating upcoming workshops and events, 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?

You must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2021 call page to be eligible. 

Candidates should also have the following qualifications:

  • general interest in research on low-carbon and sustainable development;
  • knowledge and interest in women’s economic empowerment and ensuring equitable transitions;
  • experience working/researching in a developing country;
  • strong research and analytical skills; and
  • strong verbal and written communication skills.

It is highly desirable that the candidate is enrolled in (or has recently completed) a master’s or doctoral program related to economics, international development, or policy studies with a focus on economics. Preference will be given to candidates who have recently completed a master’s or are in their first two years of a PhD.

Your research proposal should demonstrate:

  • An understanding of low-carbon growth and its intersections with equitable resource distributions (including integration of gender analysis).
  • Knowledge of climate change and its impact on sustainable development.
  • A clear methodological approach.

Language requirements:

  • English essential position