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 middle income GNI threshold (currently USD 4,653) plus 5%, USD 4,886.

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 2014 and published in July 2015.

Eligible countries are:

Afghanistan

Angola

Bangladesh

Benin

Belize

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

Fiji

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

Tonga

Togo

Tunisia

Uganda

Vanuatu

Vietnam

West Bank and Gaza

Yemen, Rep.

Zambia

Zimbabwe




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