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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 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

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

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

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

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

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:


Media Contacts:

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

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

Rideau Hall Foundation
Melanie Bechard
Communications officer
Tel: (613) 914-0651
Twitter: @RideauHallFdn

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

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Yoan St-Onge
Communications Advisor
Tel: (613) 947-6560
Twitter: @SSHRC_CRSH