Celebrating our Sovereign
The idea for the QES program was born from the desire to celebrate and honour the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. In 2012, under the leadership of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada (2010-17), as well as with remarkable contributions from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, and the private sector, this inspiring scholarship initiative was created: the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.
This program represents a unique opportunity to mobilize a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.
Students and researchers selected for the scholarship program are designated “Queen Elizabeth Scholars” and engage with communities across the globe, learn about cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. They join a global community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate on meaningful initiatives.
A unique program structure
The success of the QES program speaks to the relevance of what is ultimately a decentralized model – unique to the Canadian landscape of global-mobility focused scholarship programs. Projects awarded reflect particular university areas of expertise and regional concern, while contributing to the strengthening of partnerships between Canadian and international institutions. This model is not only extremely efficient from an operational standpoint, it also places the control for design and implementation where it is best managed, namely, at the level of the participating university.
To date, three calls for proposals have been issued to Canadian universities:
2014– This inaugural call for proposals focused on partnerships with countries within the Commonwealth, and targeted undergraduate and graduate students.