Call for Letters of Interest – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program

From: Katherine Beaumont, Senior Director, Global Learning, Office of the Vice-President, International and Student Life
Date: September 25, 2019
Re: Call for Letters of Interest – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program

Universities Canada has launched the 2019 call for proposals for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program. The QES provides funding to universities to support student scholarships focused on education, social services, and health in Latin America and the Caribbean. Up to $300,000 is available per proposal, and each Canadian university may submit only one proposal to the 2019 competition. The Office of Vice-President, International, through the Centre for International Experience, will be facilitating U of T’s proposal and is requesting Letters of Interest (LOIs) from interested faculty members.

The QES program was created to improve global talent exchange between Canada and other nations by developing a new generation of leaders and community builders by providing enriched academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences and by facilitating lasting local and global community engagement. Projects are multiple year with a maximum of $300,000 over four years with a minimum of 50% matching contribution. Through partnership with eligible countries, proposals enable international internships (research, industry or community) for Canadian undergraduates and/or research internships for international graduate students.

Please note that QES 2019 will support projects in Latin American and the Caribbean that focus education, social services and health.  Priority will be given to project proposals that focus on diversity and inclusion and which offer innovative solutions to complex community issues. 

Interested faculty members may submit their LOIs, outlining the following:

  • Nominated Academic lead, Department / Faculty, Program
  • How the project will enable international internships for Canadian students and research internships for incoming international graduate students. Please outline the academic focus (disciplinary or interdisciplinary), type of activity (must be credit-bearing work), how the project contributes to talent exchange and sustainable impact in the engaged regions and the leadership development and community engagement of student participants.
  • Partnership(s) between Canadian university and a partner institution in at least one eligible country (see details on QES call below)
  • How the project builds on the submitting unit(s) initiatives and the unit(s) contribution to the budget (minimum 50 % matching fund requirement)

Please limit LOI to 2 pages. Anything over two pages will not be considered.

LOIs will be reviewed and ranked by a tri-campus committee. The first and second-ranked LOIs will be asked to submit full proposals for consideration by the review committee. Please note that where synergies between proposals are identified, joint proposals may also be suggested and that preference will be given to proposals with a research focus.


  • Oct 7, 5:00 pm Deadline for submission of LOI to
  • Oct 11 Response to submissions
  • Oct 23 Deadline for submission of full proposal
  • Oct 29 Response to full proposals
  • Nov 4 Submission of U of T proposal

For full information on the QES 2019, go to

For questions, please contact Katherine Beaumont at