Applying for Scholarships
IPDET is grateful to several bilateral
donors and development cooperation agencies that support the participation
of worthwhile individuals from developing country governments, development agencies, and
NGOs to attend IPDET. Each year, limited scholarship funds are available; the amount varies from year
to year, subject to decisions by donor countries. Sponsors pay only for the direct costs associated with each
individual participant: tuition, transportation, accommodations and food, and visas.
IPDET considers scholarships primarily for those who come from and work in a developing country.
Under special circumstances and on an exception basis, IPDET may also consider offering awards to
employees of UN agencies, but employees of development banks or other financial institutions are
ineligible. Employees of private sector companies and private consultants are generally ineligible.
IPDET encourages applications for partial rather than full scholarships. Only in unusual circumstances will a full scholarship be awarded. Applicants and sending
organizations are strongly encouraged to mobilize sources of funding and make a partial contribution, as
they are able, to the overall costs of attendance. IPDET does not ask for financial records, but urges those
only in real need to apply for support, as the requests for scholarships far outnumber the funds available.
IPDET considers multiple criteria when awarding scholarships:
Individual works in a priority country for donor capacity development
or meets specific criteria identified by a donor (e.g., works in a
partner institution or priority sector).
Individual holds a position of influence that is likely to foster wider
adoption of M&E practices.
Individual is willing to attend all four weeks of the program; transportation
is a large part of the expense, and so all else being equal, priority goes
to those who can commit to attending all of the program. However, where an individual has substantial training and/or experience in development
evaluation, the condition can be waived and a scholarship offered to attend
workshop weeks only.
Individual has direct evaluation responsibilities. Involvement in evaluating
the country’s poverty reduction strategy paper or equivalent is an additional
Individual holds a position of influence within a recognized and legitimate
Individual has not received prior IPDET
Individual comes from a country with limited prior IPDET attendance, where
he or she is likely to disseminate lessons learned at IPDET or mobilize resources
within his or her organization on behalf of improved evaluation practice.
Individual works in an organization with a long-term plan to build evaluation
capacity and where IPDET training is an integral part of a more comprehensive
Attention will be paid to ensuring an appropriate gender balance among the scholarship recipients.
Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis. The Selection Panel consists of the two co-directors,
as well as the program manager from Carleton University. Decisions are made on “batches” of scholarship
applications, generally three times during the registration period. Early applications are highly
encouraged, as the last review may exclude those who need a long lead time to obtain visas.
How to Apply
There is no separate scholarship application form.
You must first register on the IPDET web site and then complete the online application form.
This form contains a section where you must indicate if you are requesting a full, partial or no scholarship funding.
Required Additional Documentation
If you request scholarship support, you will be asked to describe briefly how attending IPDET would
benefit your organization. In addition, you must upload the following documents to the database as part of
your online application:
- Curriculum vitae (CV) limited to a maximum of two pages
- Letter addressed to Julia Thompson, Manager, from your employer or institution supporting your application and detailing how your
participation in IPDET would assist the organization in meeting its vision and mission. Your name should be clearly indicated.
The online application form will allow for the submission of these documents. Without
these additional elements, scholarship applications will be deemed incomplete and will
not be considered. Submissions must be written in English.
All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and are restricted to 200 KB PER DOCUMENT.
Applications for scholarship funding will be accepted up to and including March 4,