Queen Elizabeth Scholars
Currently, only 3% of Canadian students experience study abroad – this is one of the lowest percentages among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program aims to mobilize a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and around the world to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program, as it is often called, has released three phases of funding to date, which will allow a total of 3,000 scholars to participate in this global exchange of talent. The second phase of the program, announced in 2016, was made possible thanks to a generous financial contribution of $10 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This allowed the QES program to expand its reach to support doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers from Canada and low-and-middle income countries to develop solutions to complex national and global challenges.
An overseas educational experience can have a life-changing impact. Students who have studied or worked abroad often return with a new sense of self and purpose. Moreover, it’s clear that the benefits of a global experience for Canadian students positively impacts our country’s growth and prosperity. Programs like QES are essential to help shape the leaders of tomorrow.
For more information about the QES program, including a full list of donors and partners, visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca.