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Research award 2021: Health equity

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.

IDRC health programming seeks a dynamic research award recipient who can support program activities and make a scholarly contribution to health equity. While there has been significant progress globally in reducing infant and maternal mortality and averting deaths from infectious diseases, the lowest income countries and the poorest people within countries still have unacceptably poor outcomes from acute and chronic conditions. Pandemics and health emergencies are having a disproportionate impact on women, the poor, and marginalized populations. COVID-19 can reverse progress made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. IDRC research responds to these challenges through an integrated and people-centered approach in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 

Applications are invited for the position of research awardee to work on one of the following areas:

  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: implementation research that promotes the systematic uptake of evidence into practice and policies, including of reproductive, maternal, and child health.
  • Vulnerable populations: research that helps strengthen primary healthcare systems and universal health coverage, including research on health financing and governance issues.
  • Gender inequality and global health: research that unpacks gender differentials and appropriate responses to global health problems.
  • Data, evidence, health information systems: research that supports interoperable information systems, standardization of data, and use of evidence.
  • Digital health: use of digital technology to address inequities and improve access, storage, and governance of digital technology in decision-making in health. 
  • Pandemics: research that helps build health system preparedness and resilience and builds responses through gender and equity lenses.

The successful candidate will allocate approximately 50% of their time to this research activity. The other 50% will be dedicated to supporting one of IDRC’s health programs. This includes participating in daily activities and assisting in the organization of activities and the publication and dissemination of results. 

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position and explain how this opportunity will advance their career goal.

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:

  • work experience in any of the global health fields mentioned above, with a focus on health equity;
  • demonstrated interest in and/or previous experience in policy or implementation research;
  • knowledge of research for development;
  • strong research and analytical skills; and
  • strong verbal and written communication skills.

Field experience in developing countries is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • English essential position