Without question, these are unprecedented and difficult times across the country and around the world. Canadian universities are doing a remarkable job supporting their faculty, staff and students as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, more rapidly than we ever could have imagined.
Along with Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation is closely monitoring the situation and doing all we can to support all our Queen Elizabeth Scholars. The QES program allows youth to develop a global outlook, empathy, and understanding – all of which are essential for navigating the complexities of today’s world. The scholars in whom we invest today will become the leaders and relationship-builders for our shared future.
This too shall pass, and we will all be back together doing those things that we believe are so important for Canada. Keep well and take of yourselves and your families.
The Right Honourable David Johnston
28th Governor General of Canada
Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation
The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships aim to mobilize a dynamic community of young global leaders to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through inter-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. This made-in-Canada platform for global student mobility and academic diplomacy will award 3,000 Queen Elizabeth Scholars by 2022.
Key achievements to date:
- more than 2,200 scholarships awarded to date
- 46 Canadian universities have successfully competed for QES project funding
- 106 projects have been funded at those universities
- Queen Elizabeth Scholars have gone to or come from 72 countries
- 650 partner organizations abroad have been engaged (universities, NGOs, research institutes)
- total value of the program is $80 million