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Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships


In celebration of the 60th anniversary of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the Throne, a new scholarship initiative was funded in her honour: The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.

The purpose of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) is to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impact both locally and globally through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. Learn more at QES.

The QES/UCalgary project combines the strengths of four faculties/schools (Arts, Education, Engineering and Nursing) and partner organizations - Aga Khan University and the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (Universities of Moratuwa and Peradeniya) - in helping with some of the most significant development issues facing the world: maternal and child health, quality of education, understanding of development issues, and disaster risk resilience.

Student Opportunities- 3 Components

Component 1 (Outgoing Scholars): Scholarships for Canadian graduate students to study or conduct research at a partner Commonwealth university.
Component 2 (Interns): Scholarships for Canadian undergraduate (3rd or 4th year) or graduate students to participate in internships with partner institutions in Commonwealth countries.
Component 3 (Incoming Scholars): Scholarships awarded to non-Canadian Commonwealth students and professionals to pursue academic credit at Canadian universities towards their master’s or doctorate degrees.
In addition, the program actively incorporates leadership and community engagement activities for all scholars. This requirement will enrich the program experience through enhancing collaborative capacity and deepening peer relationships during and after the program.
Current opportunities for UCalgary’s students are available at in Uganda and Sri Lanka.

Learn more about the opportunities in Uganda

Improving community water management in Nicaragua and Central America (CARA) since 2005


The Central American Water Resource Management Network (CARA) was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency as part of the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program. The CARA project objectives were to

  • increase the capacity of Central American countries to educate and train human resources in the area of hydrogeology and integrated water resource management
  • improve the management and protection of community water resources in Nicaragua and the Central America region
  • strengthen the capacity of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in community water management, water resource management, education, training, research and practice, in collaboration with communities, municipalities, government agencies, other universities, international organizations/networks and donors

University of Calgary has helped advance all CARA project objectives, with a particular focus on project components related to community-based water projects, strengthening water policy and helping the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua deliver water resource education and applied research.

Helping scale up a maternal, newborn and child health program in Bushenyi, Uganda since 2003


This project was focused on advancing the community-based maternal, newborn, and child health program in Bushyeni, Uganda.

It was originally developed by Mbarara University faculty and local leaders in response to unacceptable child mortality and morbidity in local communities.

Healthy Child Uganda project has evolved into a strong partnership involving Mbarara University of Science and Technology, the Bushenyi Health District, the Canadian Paediatric Society and the University of Calgary.

We have contributed to the implementation and evaluation of this program since 2003. Its success has determined its expansion to other districts, the program being now well funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development through the Muskoka initiative. For details, please visit the project’s website.