Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program

The Queen Elizabeth Scholar for summer 2016

The Centre for Critical Development Studies (CCDS) at the University of Toronto Scarborough has partnered with Uniterra to offer students an opportunity to intern with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in some of their partner countries. In 2017, internships will be offered in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka. The scholarships (worth $5,000 each) are made possible by a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships* Grant from the Government of Canada (QEII Diamond Jubiliee Scholarships) awarded to the CCDS.  This is a unique opportunity for students to develop academic, professional and intercultural skills, while supporting Uniterra’s partner organizations in Commonwealth countries.  

In order to be eligible for an Internship, students must be:

  • Registered as a full time student in any discipline at the University of Toronto, with preference given to students enrolled at UTSC
  • Be entering or enrolled in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies, with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 at the end of the Winter 2017 term
  • Willing to register in IDSC10H3 (worth 0.5 FCE) associated with the internship (this will run throughout the duration of the internship)
  • 35 years of age or under at time of their application
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure training (including Safety Abroad), orientation and a debrief following the internship in Toronto
  • Participate in public community engagement activities both during (electronically, e.g. blog postings) and upon return from the internship (e.g. presentations, workshops). 
  • Complete financial and narrative reports upon returning to Canada.
  • Able to do a minimum 90 day internship in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, or Sri Lanka
  • Follow the U of T Safety Abroad policies for travel including attending all required pre-departure sessions.  

Internship Positions


Communications Officer

Sector Research Officer - TRAX and UDS Ghana

Sector Research Officer - UrbANet


Advocacy and Lobbying Officer

Communication and Documentation Officer - MVIWATA-Kilimanjaro

Communication and Documentation Officer - Tusonge

Communication and Marketing Officer - VETA

Communication and Marketing Officer - CAWM

Gender and Governance Officer

Monitoring and Learning Officer - MVIWATA

Monitoring and Learning Officer - FIDE

Youth Engagement  & Entrepreneurship Officer - V4Y

Youth Engagement  & Entrepreneurship Officer - V4Y


Finance and Administration Officer

Knowledge Management Officer

Market Research Officer

Social Marketing Officer

Sri Lanka: 

Business Communication Skills Officer

Communication and Soft Skills Officer - Women Development Centre

Communication and Soft Skills Officer - HDCC

Women's Employment Officer

Application Guidelines:

Interested students are required to submit the following 4 documents:

  • Cover Letter and Resume which outlines your interest in working with the Uniterra Program in one of the 4 countries (Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Sri Lanka).  Please specify the country and internship of choice. This should be addressed to the Uniterra Team.  Please select a maximum of 3 internships and write a separate cover letter for each internship. 
  • Statement of Interest  - 500 words that describe why you think you will be an ideal QE Scholar (please review the QE Scholars page for further information:  http://www.univcan.ca/programs-and-scholarships/queen-elizabeth-scholars/
  • Unofficial Transcript indicating a CGPA of at least 2.5
  • Reference Letter from a U of T Professor

Applications should be submitted through email no later than 9AM on Monday February 6th to:

Katie Boomgaardt

Coordinator, International Development Studies Co-op Program


IC 172 (416) 287 7113

**Late submissions will not be considered**


February 6th

Applications Submitted

February 7th – 10th

Applications Reviewed by QE Admissions Committee and selected candidates sent to Uniterra for review

Mid-February – mid-March 

Applications Reviewed by Uniterra and interviews arranged with selected candidates

Late March

Successful candidates are contacted and offered scholarship for internship


Pre-Departure Orientation, including Safety Abroad Workshop at University of Toronto Scarborough and introduction to IDSD10H3

Late April/Early May

Uniterra Pre-Departure Training in Ottawa or Montreal


Departure for internships

Mid/Late August

Return from internships


Debrief and Follow-up at University of Toronto Scarborough

May 2017 to May 2018

Public Engagement activities both in Canada and in internship country


To learn more about the 2016 UTSC QE scholars, click here!

Also visit http://www.queenelizabethscholars.ca/qescholars/ to learn more about the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships and their #QEscholars adventures.

*The Queen Elizabeth Scholars is a new initiative intended to lay the foundation for the next generation of entrepreneurs, public servants, community leaders and academics with innovative minds and a sense of commitment to Canada and the Commonwealth.Universities Canada is pleased to partner with Community Foundations of Canada and Rideau Hall Foundation to manage the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.*