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 low and lower middle income countries and the IFS cut off point for country eligibility is the upper middle income GNI threshold (currently USD 4,125) plus 5%, USD 4,331.

For details see: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/download/GNIPC.pdf

Formerly eligible G-20 Countries are no longer 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 2013 and published in July 2014.

Eligible countries are:

Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Rep.
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt, Arab Rep.
El Salvador
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau

Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, DPR
Lao PDR
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia, Fed.Sts.
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea

Paraguay
Philippines
Rwanda
Samoa
São Tomé and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Syrian Arab Rep.
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Uganda
Vanuatu
Vietnam
West Bank and Gaza
Yemen, Rep.
Zambia
Zimbabwe





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CURRENTLY OPEN:

IFS has currently no open calls

(IFS issues time-bound calls for Applications; they are announced here on this website, please check back regularly.
The next call for Individual Research Applications is expected to open 1st November, 2014.)

 

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