Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Internships in East Africa

This internship opportunity is part of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) program.*

It will be carried out in partnership with the University of Calgary, the host organizations in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, and with the technical support of Universities Canada. The QES program engages a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impact both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

* The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector. 


Key information


Bahir Dar, Ethiopia






Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2021 applications

Anticipated in December 2020

Applications will open as placements become available. Please keep an eye on this page.

University-specific additional requirements

Suitability letter, CV and two references required - see the Eligibility section below.

Fall 2021 applications

Anticipated in March 2021

Applications will open as placements become available. Please keep an eye on this page.

Student Experience

UCalgary QES alumni Zeeyaan Somani and Kevin Capuno join other Canadian Scholars to share the highlights of their QES experience.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

Program details

Internships in Science, Engineering, Env. Design, Sust. Engery Dev. 

- Community level renewable powered water pump design and cost analysis
- Postharvest Technology in Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering

  • Evaluation of Integrated Management Tactics to Protect Wheat and Maize Seeds from Insect Damage
  • Modeling and experimental study of solar greenhouse dryer to reduce post-harvest losses of sesame seed

- Irrigation Water Management in Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering

  • Assessment of Nutrients and Pesticides pollution levels due to agricultural intensification (Joint research with Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering)
  • Available Partner Organizations:
    a.  Bahir Dar Institute of Technology - Ethiopia


Internships are a minimum of three months long (90 days). 

  1. Costs

    Students must arrange to get credit for an academic course during the program. Tuition for this course is charged at UCalgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.


  2. Funding

    A maximum of $6,000 to cover travel and living expenses will be provided to the selected interns for the duration of the placement. Tuition fees are not covered by the QES funding.

    The QES Program is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, and the private sector. Technical support is provided by Universities Canada.

    Also have a look at the exchange funding page for other possible sources of  funding. QES participants cannot receive the International Study Travel Grant.

Local Partner Organizations will assist with housing arrangements. 

  1. Eligibility requirements

    -       Students must be in their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies or be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Calgary at the time of application.

    -       Must be a Canadian citizen, through permanent residents will be considered.

    -       Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-)

    -       Must be 35 years of age or under at time of application

    -       Must be proficient in English

    -       As part of the QES program, the Intern must participate in community engagement activities while abroad and upon their return to Canada

    -       This placement must be for academic credit. Interns must register for at least one course. Please discuss your options with academic advisor.

    -       Strong research skills an asset 

    -       Should possess a creative writing style and background in communications.

    -       You are able to spend a minimum of 90-day placement in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya or Ethiopia

    -       Must be mature and independent, flexible and willing to adapt according to the needs of the program and cultural setting with empathy and consideration

    -       Willing to live and work in a rural placement 

    -       Students should familiarize themselves with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

  2. Application requirements

    Please go to www.ucalgary.ca/uci/raisa and log in using your UCalgary username and password. After creating a profile in the online application system, use the Study Programs tab to search for the program you are applying for, and then click "apply". Please indicate your area of interest and your first/second placement choices in the courses section of the application.

    Statement of Purpose:

    Please use the Statement of Purpose section of the application to describe why your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate for this position, as well as how this opportunity abroad will complement your field of study and advance your career goals.

    Suitability Letter:

    Please submit a one to two page letter indicating your suitability for the proposed internship to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 


    Please provide two letters of reference in support of your application: 1 academic (from an instructor who has taught you) and 1 professional (a current or past employer or possibly a relevant volunteer supervisor). References can be submitted electronically or as hard copies to the Study Abroad Office (MT 501) study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 

    Curriculum Vitae:

    Please email a copy of your brief (max. five page) CV to study.abroad@ucalgary.ca 

    Selection Process:

    All applications will be reviewed by a Review Committee and a short-list of candidates will be sent to the Host Organizations. Suitable candidates may be invited for Skype interview with the Host Organization as well.

Partner Organizations: 

Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (Ethiopia)

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.