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20 Canadian universities awarded $5.8M to cultivate next generation of global leadership

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(OTTAWA, ON) February 22, 2018 – The most recent round of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, often referred to as the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program (QES), will see $5.8 million of funding to support 650 students in 20 Canadian university-led projects. Undergraduate and graduate students will enrich their academic, professional and cross-cultural skills while contributing to global projects led by participating Canadian universities.

Now in its fourth year, the QES program is a collaborative initiative led by the Rideau Hall Foundation, Universities Canada and the Community Foundations of Canada, made possible thanks to contributions from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), universities, and a wide range of private sector donors. Launched in 2014, the QES program has engaged 44 universities in every province, with funding that will enable, in total, 3,000 scholars to participate in this global exchange of talent.

Through this latest phase of the QES program, an estimated 650 Canadian and international students will undertake internships and research in Canada and abroad. Canadian students will intern at some of the following organizations:

  • Centre for Urban and Reginal Excellence in India
  • Makerere University Field Station in Kibale National Park, Uganda
  • Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Ethiopia
  • Caribbean Public Health Agency, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Partnership for Sustainable Development, Nepal
  • Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Thailand

The impact of having an educational experience overseas is life-changing; students who have studied or worked abroad often return with a new sense of self and purpose.  Moreover, it’s becoming clear that the benefits of a global experience for Canadian students stand to impact our country’s prosperity and growth.  “As Canada looks to advance economic and political relations internationally, we need our next generation of leaders and innovators to have global core competencies, including knowledge of business culture, language skills and intercultural competence,” said Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada.  


The November 2017 Report of the Study Group on Global Education called for a Canadian national strategy to encourage more Canadian students to participate in global learning experiences, citing the multiple benefits of doing so, stating that global learning is a vital instrument to achieve national priorities, including economic growth and trade, social and economic inclusion, and Canada’s influence in the world. “The QES program is proud to serve as a uniquely Canadian vehicle and platform for public and private funders as well as the university community to come together and offer students the opportunity for global learning, service and impact,” said Scott Haldane, President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation.

Scholars participating in the QES program become part of a global network of leaders who continue to engage with their communities locally and around the world.  “The QES program has truly created a dynamic group of young people who are changing our world and are instrumental in enhancing the work of community foundations at home and abroad,” said Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada.

Please visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca/news for a full list of participating universities and projects funded.

About Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program aims to mobilize a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and around the world to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. To learn more visit, www.queenelizabethscholars.ca.

About Rideau Hall Foundation

The Rideau Hall Foundation was established by the Right Honourable David Johnston during his mandate as governor general of Canada (2010-2017) to strengthen the ability of the Office of the Governor General to better serve Canadians through a range of initiatives linked to leadership, learning, giving, and innovation. Together we are building a better Canada. To learn more visit www.rhf-frh.ca.

About Universities Canada

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. To learn more visit www.univcan.ca.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations which help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work, and play. To learn more visit www.communityfoundations.ca.

 

Media Contacts:

Mélanie Béchard
Communications Officer
melanie.bechard@rhf-frh.ca
613-914-0651

Universities Canada
Brenna Baggs
Communications manager
bbaggs@univcan.ca
613-563-3961 ext. 255

Community Foundations of Canada
Geneviève Vallerand
Director, Communications
gvallerand@communityfoundations.ca
613-236-2664 ext. 302

Next generation research leaders from Canada and low- and middle-income countries to pursue innovation and community-building projects

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Researcher presents chart

OTTAWA – More than 420 researchers at the doctoral, postdoctoral and early-career levels will undertake global research projects as part of the new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program, contributing to improved global talent exchange between Canada and other nations.

This expanded second round of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program will fund winning projects at 21 Canadian universities, thanks to a $10 million contribution by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and a $2.5 million contribution from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This additional funding has allowed the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program to expand its reach to more low- and middle-income countries, and fund researchers at multiple stages of their careers to become the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders.

For a complete list of the winning proposals, please visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca/winning-proposals. Details of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars’ travel and research are also shared on the #QEScholars tagboard.

The winning projects span diverse subject areas ranging from agriculture and food security to climate change, employment and growth, and maternal and child health. Successful projects were selected by an independent selection committee representing research and funding communities from around the world.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program is managed through a unique partnership between Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian universities. It is made possible with financial support from the International Development Research Centre and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

 

About Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program

The Queen Elizabeth Scholars program aims to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. To learn more visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca.

About Universities Canada

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, representing the interests of 97 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities. To learn more visit www.univcan.ca.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities. To learn more visit www.communityfoundations.ca.

About Rideau Hall Foundation

The Rideau Hall Foundation works in close collaboration with the Office of the Governor General and many external partners to support initiatives that strengthen our national identity, build capacity and promote the advancement of a smart and caring nation through learning, leadership, innovation and giving initiatives. To learn more visit www.rhf-frh.ca.

About International Development Research Centre

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change. Learn more at www.idrc.ca.

About Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing talent, generating insights and forging connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to a better future for Canada and the world. To learn more visit: www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

 

Media Contacts:

Universities Canada
Brenna Baggs
Communications manager
Tel.: (613) 563-3961 ext. 255
bbaggs@univcan.ca
Twitter: @UnivCan @QEScholars

Community Foundations of Canada
David Venn
Director of communications
Tel: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
dvenn@communityfoundations.ca
Twitter: @CommFdnsCanada

Rideau Hall Foundation
Melanie Bechard
Communications officer
Tel: (613) 914-0651
melanie.bechard@rhf-frh.ca
Twitter: @RideauHallFdn

International Development Research Centre
Ghislain Desjardins
Senior media relations advisor
Tel: (613) 696-2177
Gdesjardins@idrc.ca
Twitter: @IDRC_CRDI

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Yoan St-Onge
Communications Advisor
Tel: (613) 947-6560
yoan.st-onge@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Twitter: @SSHRC_CRSH

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program – Spring 2016 Update

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Photo from the Spring 2016 update

By mobilizing a community of young, dynamic Canadians to study abroad and by supporting students from other countries to attend Canadian universities, the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program is having significant impacts in Canada and around the world and creating a new global network of scholars. It is a worthy tribute to Her Majesty, who was pleased to lend her name to the program.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars – Spring 2016 Update

A global index of wellbeing one goal of new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

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Posted on: March 27, 2015

By:  Daily Exchange

Two researchers from the University of Waterloo recently received funding for Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. The scholarship funding, awarded by Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, allows Canadian students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to participate in internships or academic study for periods of three months to one year in another Commonwealth country.

Two UVic programs each awarded $500,000 for Diamond Jubilee scholarships

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Posted:  March 2, 2015

By:  The Ring, University of Victoria

University of Victoria students will benefit from a new scholarship program to help shape the next generation of global leaders. The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services have both received funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program.