IDRC Research Award: Advisory Committee on Research Ethics 2019


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Research Award: Advisory Committee on Research Ethics 2019

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IDRC Research Award: Advisory Committee on Research Ethics 2019


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 Advisory Committee on Research Ethics (ACRE) seeks a research awardee who can support research ethics programming activities and make a scholarly contribution to research ethics in international development.

ACRE provides guidance to staff in the assessment and oversight of the research undertaken and/or supported by IDRC. ACRE’s mission is also to strengthen IDRC employees’ capacity to identify and address research ethics concerns that arise in their work. The successful candidate will allocate approximately 50% of his/her time to support ACRE’s coordinator and chair in implementing the Committee’s mandate and annual work plan. For the remaining 50% of his/her time at IDRC, the research awardee will conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a senior program officer from either the Agriculture and Food Security program or the Food, Environment and Health program depending on the research focus. 

The successful candidate will be expected to present his/her research plan and provide progress updates to ACRE and to the host program throughout the award.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals, highlight the importance of their proposed scholarly contribution, and recognize the dual nature of the position (i.e. applied research activity and programmatic support for ACRE).

The research awardee will occasionally support the host program (Agriculture and Food Security or Food, Environment and Health) in its program management, the planning of events and activities around research ethics.


Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Work experience and/or graduate training in the area of global health ethics, bioethics and/or similar fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in research ethics in international development, and/or previous experience in international research ethics;
  • Knowledge of research for development;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Field experience in developing countries is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • French language skills an asset

Additional requirements:

  • If you are a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada, you must be pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university.
  • If you are a citizen of a developing country, you must be pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a Canadian university OR you must have completed (within the last three years) a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university. In either case, prior to applying, you must already have a work permit valid to work full-time in Canada until December 31, 2019.

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

Maximum Project Value

The selected candidates will be granted a one-year paid program to undertake research and gain hands-on experience in research and program management. 

Project Duration

January to December 2019 (12 months)

Special Notes

Successful award recipients cannot receive any other Canadian government scholarship, award, subsidy, bursary, or honorarium, or hold any federal government contract in support of a research/work project for the duration of the award; this includes any other IDRC award and any award managed by another institution but supported in whole or in part by IDRC, such as the Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars program.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Applications must be submitted via email directly to the Advisory Committee on Research Ethics at and may consist only of a resume and cover letter, including an explanation of the proposed research (title, research questions, and initial ideas for the research design).

How to Apply

Before applying, please read the checklist of documents required for this call.

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