Universities Canada Call for Proposals: Queen Elizabeth Scholarships 2017 Competition

Deadline: 18 October 2017

Applications are open for Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program (QES) that has been created to improve global talent exchange between Canada and other nations.

The program aims to develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders by providing enriched academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences and by facilitating lasting local and global community engagement.


  • Develop global citizens through enriched academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences;
  • Activate a new generation of enterprising leaders in Canada and around the world through facilitating lasting local and global community engagement; and
  • Enhance collaborative capacity and deepen peer relationships among Queen Elizabeth Scholars to enrich the program experience and facilitate personal and professional growth.

Funding Information

Canadian universities are invited to submit multi-year project proposals seeking funding of up to $300 thousand CAD for projects of up to four years. Each Canadian university may submit one proposal to the 2017 competition. Approximately $6 million CAD is available through this competition.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Internships for Canadian students
    • This component will award funding for Canadian senior-level students to participate in internships for a minimum of 90 days, excluding travel days as well as in-country orientation with partner institutions/organisations in one of the eligible countries.
    • Student eligibility:
      • Interns must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
      • Interns must be 35 years of age or under at the time of their application for an internship. Under exceptional circumstances a request for exemption to this rule may be considered;
      • Interns must be registered at a provincially recognized, degree-granting Canadian university when applying for the internship;
      • Interns must be entering or enrolled in their third or fourth-year of undergraduate level studies, or be enrolled in a graduate program; Interns should be able to communicate in at least one of the languages of work used by the partner organization; and
      • Interns must be willing to participate in community engagement activities during the tenure of the award.
  • Scholarships for international students to study or do research in Canada
    • This component will award funding for graduate-level international students from eligible countries to undertake studies or research at a Canadian university, for a minimum of 90 days, excluding travel and orientation days. This may include short-term study or research or full graduate degree programs.
    • Student eligibility :
      • Scholars must be citizens of one of the eligible countries. Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible;
      • Scholars must be 35 years of age or under at time of application. Under exceptional circumstances a request for exemption to this rule may be considered;
      • Scholars may undertake studies or do research in any discipline;
      • Scholars must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian university, either English or French; and
      • Scholars must participate in community engagement activities while in Canada.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (People’s Republic of), Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tanzania, Thailand, The Bahamas, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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