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Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program is a joint initiative of the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Universities Canada to help develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders, both locally and globally.

It is an integral part of UNB's International Internship Program and provides an opportunity for Canadian and international students to participate in local, national and global development challenges faced by Commonwealth countries.

QES Program Components

Conducting research, working or studying in ODA Commonwealth Countries

Graduate students can apply to the program to conduct research, volunteer or participate in research projects. Students can accomplish this through various activities with host partners and the outcomes of their activities will be designed to benefit both the host organization and the student's academic program.

To ensure the experience is directly relevant to the graduate student's area of focus, scholars can choose from any eligible ODA Commonwealth Country, but they must submit full proposals to their UNB supervisor and members of the Global Learning and Engagement Team.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the relevance of their research, destination, faculty approval and risk management criteria. Scholarships are a maximum of $6,000 each.

ODA Commonwealth Countries

Undergraduate students can apply to participate in internships with UNB partners in Malawi and in some cases Zambia, Ghana, Jamaica and Barbados. Working in close collaboration with our partners, undergraduate students will gain a deeper understanding of development issues related to the environment (land, water, climate change), local communities (health & nutrition, education, economic development and physical fitness) and human rights (women & girls, indigenous peoples, and marginalized groups).

All applications must be approved by a Faculty Member prior to applying for the scholarship. Scholarships are a maximum of $6,000 each.

Study at UNB

International Students and International Exchange Students can apply to this program for a 1 academic term (4 months). These funds are designed to support degree-seeking students or provide an opportunity for students from our partnering Universities to experience academic life at UNB.

Students must be accepted (full time or through our exchange program) to any UNB Graduate program and be supported by a Faculty Member.

Preferences will be given to first-year students from countries identified under this program.

Scholarships are a maximum of $10,000.

Program Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

The purpose of the Canadian QES program is to activate a dynamic community of global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry and professional experience.


  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 Commonwealth 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


  1. Increased knowledge and skills through academic and professional experiences of young leaders from the Commonwealth
  2. Enhanced networking between Canadians and fellow citizens of the Commonwealth
  3. Increased contributions to local and global communities by young leaders in Canada and the Commonwealth

QES eligibility

You can apply if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • aged 19 to 35 at the moment where you sign the contract
  • a returning full-time student to UNB
  • completing the four mandatory components of the QES program
  • have a recommendation from a UNB Faculty member (Saint John or Fredericton)
  • have a GPA over 2.5 (applications are competitive and stronger GPAs are an asset)
  • complete the application by Dec. 1

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