Eligibility Criteria

Personal Eligibility

Applicants for IFS Research Grants

  • must be citizens of eligible countries (see below), and carry out their research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship)
  • must have a minimum of an MSc, MA or equivalent academic degree
  • must be (for men) younger than 35 years of age, and (for women) 40 years of age
    [If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on or after the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible.]

Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for a renewal grant irrespective of age.

Institutional Affiliation

Applicants must be attached to a national research institute (e.g. university, non-profit making research centre, or research-oriented NGO) in a developing country. The institution is expected to: administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a salary (or other source of income), and provide basic research facilities. Researchers employed at international research institutes are NOT eligible. However, researchers doing part of their project at an international institute can apply for an IFS grant, if their principal affiliation is with a national institution.

Country Eligibility

Eligible for IFS support are those developing countries with a Gross National Income GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$) at, or below, the average for Middle Income Countries (MIC) will be considered eligible for IFS support.

For details see: World Bank's Country Classifications

G-20 Countries are not eligible (i.e. Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa).

Countries formerly part of the Soviet Union are not eligible.

The list below is based on GNI per capita, Atlas method for 2012 and published in July 2013.

Eligible countries are:

Afghanistan

Guinea-Bissau

Rwanda

Algeria

Guyana

Samoa

Bangladesh

Haiti

São Tomé and Principe

Belize

Honduras

Senegal

Benin

Kenya

Sierra Leone

Bhutan

Kiribati

Solomon Islands

Bolivia

Korea, DPR

Somalia

Burkina Faso

Lao PDR

South Sudan

Burundi

Lesotho

Sri Lanka

Cambodia

Liberia

Sudan

Cameroon

Madagascar

Swaziland

Cape Verde

Malawi

Syrian Arab Republic

Central African
Republic

Mali

Tanzania

Chad

Marshall Islands

Timor-Leste

Comoros

Mauritania

Togo

Congo, Dem. Rep.

Micronesia, Fed. Sts.

Tonga

Congo, Rep.

Mongolia

Tunisia

Côte d'Ivoire

Morocco

Uganda

Djibouti

Mozambique

Vanuatu

Egypt, Arab Rep

Myanmar

Vietnam

El Salvador

Nepal

West Bank and Gaza

Eritrea

Nicaragua

Yemen, Rep.

Ethiopia

Niger

Zambia

Fiji

Nigeria

Zimbabwe

Gambia, The

Pakistan

 

Ghana

Papua New Guinea

 

Guatemala

Paraguay

 

Guinea

Philippines

 




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