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Justice for women and Indigenous peoples through climate-resilient forests and food systems – John G. Bene Fellowship 2023

Call for
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
10 weeks to 12 months
Funded by
Bene Endowment fund and IDRC
Up to three awards of a maximum of CAD23,000
Point of contact
Student award


IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development since 1982. The Bene fellowship, a bequest from the estate of John G. Bene, is offered annually to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Candidates should have an academic background that combines an interest in forests with social sciences (e.g., forestry, agroforestry, climate justice for women and Indigenous people, gender, biodiversity, or ecosystems).  

We offer this fellowship to facilitate field research on the relationship between forest resources and the social, economic, cultural and environmental welfare of people in developing countries, particularly in the face of changing climate conditions. The successful candidate will propose research that benefits less privileged people in developing countries, focusing on women and Indigenous people, aiming to increase the resilience of individuals and forest communities facing difficult contexts and challenges. Note that work focused on genomics and/or genetic modification is not eligible.  

Learn more about John G. Bene 


This call is open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. The award under this call will cover costs of field research conducted for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in one or more countries of the Global South.

More details

For more information, please read the following documents before applying:  

  1. Detailed call document 
  2. General FAQs  
  3. Technical FAQs  
  4. Letter of Approval by Research Supervisor for IDRC Awards  

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If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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