Call for Applications: The David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fellowship in the Philippines


May 16, 2019


Thanks to a bequest from Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia, the David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia Canada Fund was established in 2017. The fund is co-supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the IDRC Alumni Association and managed by IDRC. Its purpose is to fund young researchers in the early stages of their careers, particularly women, through fellowships, scholarships, or internships.

The Hopper-Bhatia Canada Fellowship at the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) is open to all Ateneo de Manila graduate students in MA/MS or PhD programs with a field research component currently working on or about to undertake a thesis or dissertation field work. Two applicants will be selected for the AY 2019 to 2020 cohort.

The research priorities of IDRC and the IPC ADMU focus on providing new insight into societal issues that require both a keen understanding of the local context and its connection to the global environment. Themes include (but are not limited to) health, technology, governance and sustainability, local communities, social capital, globalization and social change. 

The Fellowship Program provides support for Field Work and Thesis Production, as well as a Skills Enhancement program. 

Field Work and Thesis Production

Fellows will be provided with up to six units of thesis related tuition and fees, along with a field research subsidy of up to CAD $1,000 or its equivalent in Philippine Pesos. Upon application, fellows are expected to prepare an indicative budget for approval. This budget may include travel costs, housing allowances and other fieldwork related expenses and can be further supplemented by allowable realignments in funding as discussed with the fellowship coordinator and approved by the IPC. The maximum amount for Field Research Subsidy and Thesis Production is the equivalent of CAD $2,100 in Philippine Pesos.

Skills Enhancement Program

Building on core competencies of the IPC, such as gender analysis, participatory research methodologies and research ethics, the fellowships also include a Skills Enhancement Program component that aims to advance new theoretical trajectories, develop capacity in participatory methodologies and engage the public through various seminars, workshops, brownbag sessions and public lecture. Publication and conference support will also be provided. 

Fellows are expected to produce an open source article as well as share their findings either through a forum, brownbag session or other means of knowledge dissemination at the end of the fellowship program.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form <>, including: 
  • Approved thesis or dissertation proposal
  • Certification of proposal defense from applicant’s home department
  • AISIS printout of grades
  • Accomplished Hopper-Bhatia Canada Field Research Fellowship Program Application Form
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Proposed fellowship budget and timeline (including fieldwork schedules, activities and fellow-designed workshop, forum, or brownbag session)
  • Letter of recommendation from thesis or dissertation supervisor that comments on the research project (including the stage of the research), theoretical and methodological approach(es), as well as the anticipated date of completion

  2.   Send the application packet to:

      IDRC-IPC Fellowship Coordinator
      Institute of Philippine Culture
      2/F Frank Lynch Hall
      Ateneo de Manila University
      Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108
      Tel: (02) 426-6067

      Or via e-mail to with the subject heading Hopper-Bhatia Fellowship Application Submission.

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 July 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 July 2019 if accepted into the Hopper-Bhatia Canada Field Research Fellowship Program.

For more information, visit the website <> or contact:

Ms. Cherie Audrey Alfiler
Fellowship Coordinator
Institute of Philippine Culture
Rm. 205, 2/F Frank Lynch Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Tel: (02) 426-6067