IFS Individual Research Grants for Citizens of Developing Countries

Deadline: 31 December 2017
Open to: developing countries
Grant: USD 12,000 for a project of 1-3 years


Applications are invited from early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries to apply for IFS Individual Research Grants.  These grants are open to carry out research projects for a period of up to 3 years. An applicant must have at least an MSc/MA and must do the research project in an IFS eligible country. Grants are awarded on merit basis which amounts up to USD 12,000. The deadline for submission of research grant applications is  December 31, 2017.


Citizens of following developing countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cameroon and Republic of Congo, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo Dem. 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 and Zimbabwe can apply for these grants.

  1. 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);
  2. Must have a minimum of an MSc, MA or equivalent academic degree;
  3. Must be (for men) younger than 35 years of age, and (for women) younger than 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.


Individual research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for a project of 1-3 years. Grants are intended for the purchase of basic tools for research: equipment, expendable supplies and literature, as well as field activities.

How to apply?

Word applications are no longer valid. Applications must be filled in and submitted online in the IFS community.

For more information please visit the official website.