IFS Research Grant for Scientists from Developing Countries 2013

Scholarship Name: IFS (International Foundation of Science) Research Grant for Developing Countries

Brief description

2012 IFS (International Foundation of Science) Research grants reserved for scientists from developing country for research projects carried out in developing regions.

Accepted Subject Areas?

Related fields to the sustainable utilization, conservation or management of the biological or water resource base

About Scholarship

IFS is a research council with international operations and the mission to build the scientific capacity of developing countries in sciences related to the sustainable management of biological and water resources. Since 1974, IFS has provided more than 7,000 Research Grants to young scientists in some 100 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

IFS believes that the interests of both science and development are best served by promoting and nurturing the research efforts of promising young science graduates, who have the potential to become leading scientists in their countries.

New applicants wishing to apply for a research grant to IFS are invited to submit their research application form before the deadline.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1974

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

To qualify for IFS funding, research projects must be

  • related to the sustainable utilisation, conservation or management of the biological or water resource base
  • conducted in a developing country
  • of a high scientific standard
  • feasible
  • relevant for the country/region

Who is qualified to apply?

An eligible candidate for an IFS Research grant is

  • a citizen of a developing country
  • a scientist with at least a Master’s or equivalent degree/research experience
  • under 40 years of age and at the beginning of research career
  • attached to a university, national research institution or a research-oriented NGO in a developing country
  • Researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa are eligible for IFS support up to the age of 45, provided they have completed their highest academic degree (MSc, MA, PhD or equivalent) in the previous 5 years.

How Many Scholarships are available?

A number of scholarship grants are awarded

What are the benefits?

Maximum budget of USD 12,000

How long will sponsorship last?

The financial opportunity is a onetime grant

Eligible African Countries

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Other Countries

Asia and the Pacific
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Latin America and Caribbean
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela
Middle East and North Africa
Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

To be taken at (country): A developing Country

What time of year does Application Close?

There are two time-bound research grant application sessions before the new three programme strategy is adopted in 2012.
The deadline for the first session is 9th October 2011, and
the deadline for the second session is 29th January 2012.

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply?

A researcher may submit only one application at a time for consideration by IFS.

Applications for IFS Research grants must be submitted using the standard IFS Application Form in English or French.

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IFS is an NGO founded in 1972. Funding comes from governmental and non-governmental sources, as well as national and international organisations. The annual budget is approximately USD 5 million. IFS has 135 Affiliated Organisations in 86 countries, of which three-quarters are in developing countries and one-quarter in industrial countries. IFS has an international Board of Trustees with Secretariat located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Important Notes:

The following requirements are directional to the type of information that is requested:

  • You are asked to explain the relevance of your proposed project in relation to environmental and socio-economic conditions in your country/region.
  • A scientific hypothesis/research question must be put forward. The objectives of your research must be stated in a way that can be met by carrying out the research plan.
  • Your research plan normally requires 1-2 pages to provide enough information for the IFS Advisers to evaluate your project proposal.
  • Convincing proof must be presented on that you have access to basic research equipment and facilities necessary for your project.
  • An itemized budget for the project is an absolute requirement. The maximum budget is USD 12000. Only indicate budget items that can be funded by IFS.
  • The institution that will administer your grant must be based in a developing country.

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