Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program

The Queen Elizabeth Scholar for summer 2016

Learn more about Summer 2018 QES Opportunities on Thursday February 1sts at 12pm MW324

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 2018, internships will be offered in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka. The scholarships (worth $6,000 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




Sri Lanka 

All positions

Application Guidelines:

Interested students are required to submit the following 4 documents:

  1. 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. Document should be saved as: Surname_FirstName_Uniterra Application
  2. 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) Document should be saved as: Surname_FirstName_Statement of Interest
  3. Unofficial Transcript indicating a CGPA of at least 2.5.  Document should be saved as: Surname_Firstname_Transcript
  4. Reference Letter from a U of T Professor - Please advise Professor to send directly to ids-coop@utsc.utoronoto.ca with Applicant Name in Subject

Applications should be submitted through email no later than 5pm on Sunday February 11th to:  

Katie Boomgaardt

Coordinator, International Development Studies Co-op Program


IC 172 (416) 287 7113

**Late submissions will not be considered**


February 11th

Applications Submitted

February 12th – 16th

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

Mid-Late March

Successful candidates are contacted and offered scholarship for internship


Pre-Departure Orientation Training begins at University of Toronto Scarborough and introduction to IDSD10H3

April 9th and 10th

Safety Abroad Training and Pre-Departure Workshops

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 2017-18 UTSC QE scholars, click here!

Also visit the QES Official Website to learn more about the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships and their #QEscholars adventures.

**The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (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.**