Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program
What is the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES)?

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES) is a joint initiative between the Association of University and Colleges of Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation, and Community Foundations of Canada. It is funded through contributions from the Government of Canada, Provincial governments, the private sector and individuals. By 2022, forty-four Canadian Universities will have offered approximately 3000 graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a cross-cultural experience within 138 different countries. 

The QES 2017 program is the third call for proposals for the QES and builds on the success of the program by funding international internships for Canadian students as well as funding Canadian-based study/research for international students. Students awarded a QES scholarship will participate in either 1) an international internship (for outgoing Canadian students) or 2) a short term study/research (for incoming international students) for a minimum of 90 days and participate in leadership and community engagement activities.

The University of Manitoba is offering graduate students the opportunity to complete a cultural exchange in the area of “Promoting Community-University Partnerships in Global and Indigenous Health.” As of April 1, we will be accepting applications for those who wish to apply for the Summer 2019 semester.

For more Information about the QES please check out their webpage at:


 QES-2017 Program Objectives:

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


Who We Are:

The University of Manitoba QES-2017 Program is located in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases under the coordination of Dr. Keith Fowke. The project, “Promoting Community-University Partnerships in Global and Indigenous Health” was designed for graduate level students to travel to a QES eligible country for 90 days working as an intern with world-class experts in global and indigenous health. Health is understood very broadly as it includes people interested in basic, clinical, and social science. As long as you are interested in health, disease and/or wellbeing, you are right for this program.

To have a chance to work and learn from experts, develop a network of colleagues from around the world, and be an innovator is a rare opportunity for most people. For those who are fortunate enough to participate in this kind of a program, the experience is priceless.


How a QES scholarship works:

You design a project with your proposed mentor that YOU find interesting. Once accepted to the QES Program, you participate in an internship with a spectacular group of people for a minimum of 90 days. 

The program has two streams and we will be accepting applications for both streams starting April 1, 2019:
1) Outgoing Interns: Canadian/Permanent Resident Graduate Student (minimum 90 day internship in a QES eligible country)

2) Incoming Scholars: Graduate Student from a QES Eligible Country (minimum 90 days internship in Canada)


Am I Eligible for a QES Award?

Outgoing Scholars (Canadian interns) must:

• be registered at a provincially recognized, degree-granting Canadian university, in any discipline, and receive academic credit from this institution for the QES funded            activities. The number of credits and requirements for obtaining the credits are at the discretion of the Canadian university;
• be entering or enrolled in a graduate degree program.
• be 35 years of age or under at time of application
• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
• participate in community engagement activities in Canada and/or abroad; and
• work, study or conduct research (please refer to the definition of research**) on a full-time basis at the partner institution

** Research: internships may include research undertaken for the host institution/organization, but internships cannot include conducting research related to the student’s Canadian university degree.

Incoming international scholars must:
• be pursuing academic credit on a full-time basis at a Canadian university towards their master or doctorate degree. The number of credits and requirements for obtaining the credits are at the discretion of the Canadian university and/or home institution;
• be 35 years of age or under at the time of application
• be a citizen of one of the eligible countries. Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible
• meet the Canadian university’s admission requirements; and
• participate in community engagement activities in Canada


How do I become a QES Scholar?

· Choose an international mentor and design a project together.
· The project must be in the area of “Promoting Community-University Partnerships in Global and Indigenous Health”
· Complete an application – submit it 4 months prior to the expected travel date
· Spend a minimum of 90 days abroad working on the project and engaging with community
· Gain international experience
· Develop knowledge/skills in leadership and community engagement
· Develop new knowledge/skills specific to the designed project

Application Requirements

1. Application Form: This form provides general information about you and your references, and includes a checklist of materials to be included in your application.

2. Personal Statement: The applicant should develop this document. It details information about you and your career aspirations, as well as, what you will gain by participating in this program.

3. Curriculum Vitae: This should include all relevant and up to date information (Name, Contact Information, Research/Professional Interest, Education, Awards, Employment, Publications, Presentation/Conferences, Professional Affiliations, and Volunteer Experience).

4. Academic Transcripts: Please send transcripts from all post-secondary institutions directly to the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program at the University of Manitoba (address below).

5. Proof of Age and Proof of Citizenship: This should be legal documentation showing your age and citizenship, such as a copy of your passport.

6. Project Proposal: The proposal should be developed with your proposed mentor who meets your research and training interests and who is from an eligible country of your choosing (for Canadian applicants) or another mentor from within Winnipeg, Manitoba (for international applicants).

7. Letter of Support from your Proposed Mentor: Please ask your proposed mentor to complete this form and email or mail it directly to the University of Manitoba (Address below).

8. 2 Reference Letters: These should be academic references who are able to speak to your qualifications and ability to complete high level, independent research. If you have an academic advisor, he/she should be one of your references. Please ask your reference to email or mail the letter directly to the University of Manitoba (Address below).

9. Project Budget: The project budget should depict various costs associated with the project you are going to undertake during your internship. Although the award does not cover project expenses and your international host organization will likely help you cover costs, it is important to consider the potential expenses that will incur during your project internship.

10. Personal Budget: This scholarship provides you with funds to assist you with travel and living expenses during your internship. Successful applicants will receive funds prior to beginning their internship. As part of the requirements for the scholarship, you will need to report how you spend the funds allocated to you, as well as provide information about how personal funds (known as in-kind contributions) covered various expenses incurred during the internship. It is important to think through potential expenses prior to undertaking an international placement.

11. Proof of Personal Financial Capacity: It is important to recognize that there will likely be additional, unforeseen expenses during your internship. These costs will vary depending upon the country you are working in and choices you make during your internship. It is good practice to assume that you will need an extra $1,000 CDN per month in addition to the award. Please provide proof of financial capacity to cover the amount you outlined in your personal budget exceeding the QES scholarship. Proof of financial capacity may be in the form of a letter from your university demonstrating financial support, proof of another award that includes a living stipend, or a letter from your bank demonstrating savings.

We are now accepting applications. Please submit application 4 months prior to travel.

Complete applications including all information provided directly by the applicant should be in a single .pdf document.

Reference letters and the letter from your proposed mentor and academic transcripts are to be sent directly to the University of Manitoba. These documents need to be received by the application deadline as stated above. Please plan accordingly, as these documents may take various lengths of time to arrive via post.
Questions and inquiries regarding this opportunity should be directed to natasha.hollett@umanitoba.ca.


Please email or mail applications to:

Natasha Hollett
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program
Program Coordinator
543-745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0J9
Email: Natasha.hollett@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-789-3296
Fax: 204-789-3926