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Internal and External Bursaries and Awards

The below information reflects funding opportunities that are currently open.

Internal Bursaries and Awards

Note that applications for the IIMF have officially closed. Please visit this page to view this year’s winners!

Attention McMaster Researchers: The IIMF is intended to provide small investments in first-time international research contacts or initiatives, typically originated by individual faculty members. It is meant to reduce the threshold to international research activities and serve as seed funding, ideally leading to joint projects and international partnerships.

  • Each project is eligible to receive up to $5000 in funding and we expect to make up to 10 such investments in each round
  • Applicants should submit a one-page (PDF format) description of the project and the intended use of the funds, accompanied by a CV (NSERC Form 100, or equivalent)
  • Applications must also include an endorsement/signature from your Dean or appropriate supervisor

Applications open: January 8th, 2024

Application deadline: February 5th, 2024

For more information or to submit your application, please visit this page or contact Bonny Ibhawoh at

External Bursaries and Awards

Applications Open: 14 May 2024

Applications Close: 9 July 2024 4PM UTC

ACU Fellowships facilitate collaboration at a distance and the creation of valuable new partnerships between ACU member universities across the Commonwealth. These partnerships are developed through research visits for up to 6 months to an ACU member university in a different country to promote exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas between members.

The following ACU Fellowships are available:

  • 1 x Accountancy – Supported by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • 1 x Agriculture, Forestry & Food Science – Supported by George Weston Limited.
  • 1 x Canada Fellowship – Outgoing – Awarded to a staff member at a Canadian ACU member university to partner with an ACU member university outside Canada. Legacy funding by Gordon and Jean Southam.
  • 1 x Canada Fellowship – Incoming – Awarded to a staff member at an ACU member university outside Canada to partner with an ACU Canadian member university. Legacy funding by Gordon and Jean Southam.
  • 1 x Wighton Engineering – Only open to applicants from low and middle-income countries.
  • 1 x Hong Kong Jockey Club – Outgoing – Awarded to a staff member from a Hong Kong ACU member institution to partner with an ACU member institution outside Hong Kong.
  • 1 x Hong Kong Jockey Club – Incoming – Awarded to a staff member at an ACU member outside Hong Kong to partner with an ACU member institution in Hong Kong.
  • 1 x Information Technology and Computer Science  – Supported by the Jacky McAleer Memorial.

What does the Fellowship include?

  • Up to 5,000 GBP per fellowship.

How to apply?

  • Be an academic or professional services staff at an ACU member university.
  • Applicants must first already have or identify and approach a collaborator at an ACU member university in a country other than the one where the applicant is employed.
  • Review the Application Guidance.
  • Submit an application through the online application form:
      • If you already have a MyACU account, you can access the grant application form here.
      • If you do not already have a MyACU account, please ensure that you first register for an account here and then follow the instructions in the registration email to log in to the system before accessing the application form.

Applications Open: 1 May 2024

Applications Close: 31 July 2024 4PM UTC

The Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth PhD Studentships provide support for research projects on Commonwealth-related themes.

The studentships are funded by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the journal’s publisher, Routledge, in association with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Proposed research must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Relate to the Commonwealth as a whole or to any Commonwealth-wide institution or organisation.
  • Have a Commonwealth comparative aspect.
  • Be of relevance to more than one Commonwealth country.

Successful applicants will be required to submit an article of between 4,000 and 6,000 words based on their research, for consideration for publication in The Round Table journal. They will also be required to make a podcast on their research, for publication on the journal’s website.


As part of the studentship, applicants are required to identify and work with a mentor at a university in a Commonwealth country other than that in which they are based. This should be an expert in a subject linked to the applicant’s subject of research, who will be able to provide support and advice during the studentship.

The mentor will be expected to hold a minimum of two virtual meetings with the student during the period of the studentship. They will be expected to be in contact with the student by email to share their experiences in their relevant field, provide advice around publishing, events and trends in their field, and to challenge and empower the student to consider new ways of thinking.

The mentor will also be expected to contribute to either the podcast or the article that the student is expected to produce at the end of the studentship and will be paid an honorarium of £500 GBP, payable at the end of the studentship. Mentors must read and abide by the mentor code of conduct guidelines.

What does the studentship include? 

Two studentships are available each with a maximum value of GBP 5,500:

  • One for PhD students registered at UK universities.
  • One for PhD students registered at ACU member universities in Commonwealth countries other than the UK.


Who can apply? 

Applications are welcomed from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Preference may be given to disciplines usually covered by The Round Table journal, including (but not exclusively) politics, international relations, economics, international history, geography, law, development studies, and area studies.

It is not expected that the applicant’s PhD/DPhil research already has a Commonwealth focus. Applications are particularly welcomed where the award will enable the applicant to add a Commonwealth dimension to the work.

How to apply




Applications open: 3 May 2024

Applications close: 16 June 2024, 23:59 GMT+1.

Who can apply? Young leaders from around the Atlantic basin and Africa, who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their fields; who want to contribute to shaping the regional and global agenda in politics, finance, business, civil society, and many other areas; who are eager to network with their peers and older; and who seek to foster and strengthen ties across the Atlantic.

The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) is organizing the 13th edition of the Atlantic Dialogues Conference, a high-level conference convening influential public and private sectors leaders from around the Atlantic Basin for open, informal discussion on cross-regional issues.

Every year, this program brings together 30 to 50 young leaders from around the Atlantic basin. These rising leaders have displayed leadership capabilities and have a strong sense of commitment to social and economic issues facing their communities and the world in general. In 2024, 40 young professionals will be selected to participate in the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders (ADEL) Program.

The ADEL program will hold its 11th edition from December 8-12, 2024, in Rabat, Morocco. The Emerging Leaders will then join the Atlantic Dialogues Conference from December 12th to 14th.


To be considered for this program, candidates must meet all the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five (included) on May 3rd, 2024, the day the applications for the program open.
  • Applicants must be citizens of countries located in Africa, North America, South America, Central America, Europe or the Caribbean – citizens of countries bordering the Atlantic Basin will be given priority. Also eligible are applicants who are citizens from other countries who have residency in countries of the regions listed above.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English in their personal statement and short video.
  • Applicants must guarantee their availability for the full duration of this program, which will take place from December 8th to 16th, in Rabat, Morocco. Please only apply if you can make yourself available.


Interested applicants must submit an online application form. This form should include the following materials by Sunday, June 16th at 11:59 pm Moroccan time (GMT+1):

  • A copy of their resumes / CVs. Resumes should be no longer than 2 pages (.pdf format)
  • A personal statement of no more than 250 words detailing their motivations for applying and their prospective contributions to and benefits from the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program. The personal statement should also detail the candidates’ expertise or field of work.
  • The link to a one-minute Youtube video (on private/ only be visible by recipients of the link.) addressing the following:
    • Introduce yourself and your field of work.
    • What drives you in the work that you do and what impact are you having?
    • Why are you applying to the ADEL program?
    • How do you plan to contribute to and benefit from the ADEL program?
  • All documents submitted must be written in English.
  • Please make sure you start your application early as the PCNS will not be responsible for technical issues that prevent you from submitting your application on time.
  • Kindly note that no applications will be accepted after the deadline. There will be no exceptions made.
  • Only complete applications will be accepted.SELECTION PROCESS:

A selection committee will review the applications and will respond in September 2024. Please note that selection will be conducted on a competitive basis.


  • Emerging Leaders are required to attend the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program and Atlantic Dialogues conference. Therefore, participants should be able and willing to travel to Rabat, Morocco to attend the convening from December 8th to 14th 2024; departure is planned for December 15th.
  • Emerging Leaders are required to take part in all of the conference and program activities and willing to actively engage with the other participants.
  • Emerging Leaders are committed to act as ambassadors of the program and actively participate in the ADEL community following the end of the program.
  • As active stewards of the program, Emerging Leaders are encouraged to collaborate with the Policy Center for the New South post-event to evaluate and refine the program for future cohorts.


For the 40 selected participants, the PCNS will cover economy class airfare to and from Morocco. In addition, local transportation, catering, and hotel accommodation during the dates of the program and conference will be covered by the conference organizers.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please consult the ADEL webpage and FAQs before sending an email to

Applications open: 7 May

Applications close: 21 August 2024

Outcome notification:  September 2024

Funding period: 1 October 2024 – 31 July 2025

Lund University (LU) launched Get Started Funding 2024 aimed at researchers with PhD degree employed at Lund University, LU, and researchers with PhD degree employed at one of the selected partners in non-EU/EEA countries newly associated to Horizon Europe or whose association is expected soon (Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and Ukraine).

Funds of up to 60 000 SEK (≈7,570 CAD) per award for projects with Canadian partners are available to develop collaborations which have the potential to lead to externally funded research projects and joint publications. While the LU researcher is the main applicant, the funds aim to support networking activities, such as visits and meetings for researchers at both institutions.

Researcher teams (LU + partner university) are invited to submit applications in any academic field. Applications will be assessed in relation to the quality of the application. If all applications that adequately fulfil the key assessment criteria cannot be funded, priority will be given to new collaborations and researcher teams that include early career researchers.

Application guidelines:

The application must be submitted by the LU researcher through the application portal and shall include:

  • Aim of the collaboration.
  • Description of the activity.
  • Timeline of the activity.
  • Confirmation of interest from the researcher at the partner university.
  • Short CV of each of the researchers (LU and partner university).

Key assessment criteria:

  • Strategic value of research collaboration.
  • Complementarity of the research partners/team.
  • Potential for subsequent larger collaborative projects and potential to generate external funding.

Any interested researcher at McMaster University is encouraged to connect with researchers at Lund University to learn more about the funding opportunity and to plan the application.

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Teresia Rindefjall ( and Richard Stenelo (

Applications open:  Thursday, May 23, 2024

Applications close: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 5:00 pm ET

Outcome notification:  November 2024

Research timeline: August 1, 2025 to March 1, 2026

Number and Value of Awards: 25 awards of up to $20,000 each

The IDRC International Doctoral Research Awards (IDRA) aim to strengthen the capacity of researchers enrolled in Canadian universities to design, lead and carry out high-quality research that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Administrated by Universities Canada, IDRA is open to those who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below. Awards will cover the cost of field research conducted for a doctoral thesis in one or more countries in the Global South.

If your research involves one or more countries in one region, you must spend a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks in the field. If your research involves more than one region, you must plan to spend a minimum of 5 consecutive weeks in each region. The regions are: Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Far East Asia, Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Oceania. This award will cover research costs for a maximum of 52 weeks in the field.


 Eligibility Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a country defined as Official Development Assistance eligible by the OECD Development Assistance Committee in Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • You must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian university, working to complete your first PhD.
  • You must confirm that you will complete your comprehensive examinations and obtain PhD candidacy status (as defined by your Canadian university) by December 31, 2024.
  • You must provide evidence of an affiliation with an institution or organization in the country/countries or region(s) in which the research will take place.
  • You may not hold two or more active IDRC awards at the same time (this includes the IDRC Research Awards). No time overlap is permitted.
  • If you have received IDRC funds from another source (for example: Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars or a professor’s IDRC research grant) for activities that will be active when you take up an IDRC International Doctoral Research Award, you will be asked to demonstrate how funds from each are not being used towards the same objective.
  • Your research proposal must be approved by your research supervisor. Supervisors will be required to complete an approval form as part of the application.
  • Your proposed field research must be conducted for a doctoral thesis and must take place in one or more countries in the Global South.
  • Your field research must be relevant to one of the five development outcome areas that IDRC aims to contribute through its work:

*Applications proposing field research outside of these developmental outcome areas will not be considered.

Application Process

Eligible applicants must apply online via the IDRA portal:

All documents must be submitted in either English or French.  Research proposals must be 8-10-pages (not including references), double-spaced, and in 12-point font and, to be eligible, proposals must use the following headings in the order listed:

  • One-page summary
  • Literature Review
  • Research question(s) and objectives
  • Methodology
  • Tentative schedule of field activities
  • Ethical considerations
  • Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) considerations
  • Expected results, use and beneficiaries of the research
  • Knowledge sharing plan

Kindly click here to download the guidelines.

If you have any questions about the application process or eligibility criteria, please contact All questions and answers will be shared via the FAQs but not be attributed to a specific individual. It is important to regularly consult the FAQs as applicants will not be notified that new questions/answers have been added. The final update to the FAQs will be made on July 15, 2024.



Applications close: 25 June 2024

Fellowship period: September 2024- August 2025

Fellowship amount: the Fellow will receive a total bursary not greater than $48,000 contingent on duration

The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship is awarded annually to a doctoral student undertaking research on a topic of relevance to Global Affairs Canada. The Fellow is integrated as an analyst in the Foreign Policy Research Division at Global Affairs Canada and works on:

  1. conducting research
  2. writing short papers or briefs
  3. participating in the policy development process, including networking with internal and external experts and contributing to policy working groups

The Fellow is expected to build networks within Global Affairs Canada, the Government of Canada and with external experts. A particular emphasis is placed on identifying and engaging new sets of stakeholders.

The Fellow is expected to work a maximum of 25 hours per week and should be willing to commit for a maximum period of twelve months.

Interested candidates should be enrolled in a doctoral program as a full-time student at the time of application and for the duration of the Fellowship. Candidates should have completed all course work and examination requirements and have an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application.

Candidates should be working towards a PhD on a topic of relevance to Canada’s foreign policy priorities. Specialization of studies should be in political science, international relations, economics, law or related programs.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

To apply, please click here