IDRC Call for Applications – Third Cohort!


November 11, 2020


Call for Applications

The David and Ruth Hopper and Ramesh and Pilar Bhatia
Canada Fellowship in the Philippines
at the Institute of Philippine Culture, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University


IPC opens its third call for applications for Field Research Fellowship Program. 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 2020 to 2021 cohort. One fellow will be selected before the start of every semester of the academic year. 

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. Researches with practical implications are highly encouraged to apply.

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.

In the consideration of the current limitations brought about by the pandemic, the program is also open to applications from qualified graduate students who are conducting their data-gathering online. 

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 packet, 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 and activities) 
  • A one to two-page document outlining the following (if not already included in the applicants thesis or dissertation proposal):
    • A plan that categorically outline steps to be taken to ensure the safety of research participants/respondents
    • Discussion of alternative plans to access local knowledge, answering the question of how knowledge can still be co-produced and shared with partner communities or sectors given the current limitations brought about by the COVID-pandemic
  • Proposed fellow-designed workshop, forum, or brownbag session (required)
  • ​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

Label and number all files accordingly e.g. “1_Thesis Proposal_[LAST NAME OF APPLICANT]”.

02.   Send the application packet via email to  with the subject heading “Hopper-Bhatia Fellowship Application Submission – [LAST NAME OF APPLICANT]”. 

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 January 2021 (Friday) at 11:59 PM. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2021 if accepted into the Hopper-Bhatia Canada Field Research Fellowship Program.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Beatriz C. Beato
Fellowship Coordinator
Institute of Philippine Culture