Research Chairs on Forced Displacement (Canada)

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This call for proposals is open to universities based in low- and middle-income countries in South and Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. Applicants must have a strong track record in research as well as community and policy outreach.   

To be eligible, applicants should demonstrate institutional expertise and commitment to advancing knowledge on forced displacement as well as a commitment to advancing gender equality, inclusion, and equity.


IDRC will support the establishment of up to four university research chairs, for up to five years: two in South and Southeast Asia, and two in Central and South America. For a list of eligible countries, please see the Frequently asked questions document

The aim of the research chair positions will be to empower institutions in these regions to define research agendas on forced displacement. They will also lead on identifying practical, gender-transformative solutions that promote the social, economic, political, and health rights of forcibly displaced persons and host communities.  

These research chairs will: 

  • commit to excellence in research and teaching on forced displacement and mentor early-career scholars in this field 

  • be demand driven and responsive and reflect specific thematic and sectoral, as well as sub-national, national, and regional priorities and capacities 

  • complement IDRC strategic priorities 

  • ensure an interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral, and gender-transformative approach to studying forced displacement 

  • ensure a strong linkage with community research, policy influence, and programming initiatives, including with refugee-led responses 

  • ensure that the research conducted has a strong connection to policy processes — from the local to national, regional, and global to promote sustainable and workable solutions 

  • collaborate with research chairs in other regions, including those supported by IDRC in the Middle East and East Africa, to reinforce the collective impact of localized knowledge production on forced displacement 

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