The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) allows you to complete a paid internship at an organization in a commonwealth country that focuses on social impact, literacy, scientific research, education or Indigenous advocacy.


South Africa Inclusive Innnovation for Development
Kenya Enhancing Health and Science Education and Research Projects
Rwanda and India Literacy and Indigenous Language Education Projects
Australia, Belize, New Zealand & Guyana Establishing Right Relations for Indigenous and Settler Populations in the Commonwealth

South Africa

Inclusive Innovation for Development 

Cape Town, South Africa - Various NGOs and social enterprises

Interns will work in a NGO or social enterprise in Cape Town that advances inclusive innovation in development work. These organizations work closely with the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.​

** Master of Global Affairs Students have priority for all Inclusive Innovation for Development opportunities.** 



Cenfri is one of the leading independent think tanks in the global field of financial inclusion. Based in Cape Town, Cenfri’s mission is to support financial inclusion and financial sector development in all developing countries through facilitating better regulation and market provision of financial services. This vision is achieved through research, providing advice and developing capacity-building programmes for regulators, donors, financial service providers and other parties operating in the low-income market. Cenfri operates in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Interns at Cenfri form a crucial part on research teams and work closely with all other team members to achieve project outcomes. There is therefore significant opportunities for interns to learn from experienced researchers, and to contribute towards reaching project, programme and company level objectives. For more information, visit

Note: Cenfri will not be accepting interns for the Summer of 2019.


Raymond Ackerman Academy  

The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (RAA) is a tertiary-level, post-high school level academy based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg. The RAA offers an inclusive, inspiring, innovative and practical programme in entrepreneurial development to young people who do not have the opportunity to access tertiary education but are passionate about business and personal development.

The RAA team is looking for an intern to research, advise and pilot the best administrative, M&E and technology systems that can be put in place in order to create an efficient, organised and enabling environment for the GESS team. The GESS team is looking to implement systems that will support reporting, monitoring and tracking of entrepreneurs across its Cape Town and Soweto campuses, especially as the program starts to scale and bring more entrepreneurs on board. For more information, visit

Note: Raymond Ackerman will not be accepting interns for the Summer of 2019. 



CodeSpace is an education institution that offers coding courses that teach people to design and create technology. By teaching people in-demand technology skills, we enable them to accelerate their career, increase their earning potential and expand their influence. Learn more at
Scholars will be placed working within specific functional teams. CodeSpace teams are:
  • Operations
  • Research
  • Web Development
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Employment

Find detailed CodeSpace for Cape Town project description

Innovate the Cape (ITC) 

Innovate South Africa provides a platform to ignite creative thinking, to nurture invention and encourage entrepreneurship among young people. Innovate the Cape is a high school social innovation challenge that inspires and empowers learners to solve local challenges. ITC looking for an innovation consultant for who can evaluate and guide groups, as well as develop curriculum for the prototyping phase and monitoring and evaluation initiatives for the program. For more information, visit

Note: Innovate the Cape will not be accepting interns for the Summer of 2019.


Ikamva Youth 

Ikamva Youth is a South African NGO focusing on the empowerment of township youth through education, e-literacy training and career guidance. Ikamva Youth provides after school homework assistance and weekend tutoring to learners in grades 8-12.  Ikamva also provides computer literacy to learners. Ikamva Youth’s mission is to reduce poverty through education, peer to peer learning and support from interns. Interns will help with program implementation and evaluation. Ikamva Youth programs are free to the learners, and intern would work with staff in order to provide mentorship, guidance, tutoring and assistance to learners. For more informaiton, visit


Fix Forward 

Fix-Forward is a non-profit social enterprise that connects tradesmen from the townships with homeowners and businesses wanting to undertake renovations or maintenance. Fix-Forward as an online platform serves a two-sided market. The one side of the market is the tradesmen from the townships, who are also beneficiaries of our work. We market their service under the Fix-Forward brand and provide business and life skills training support, enabling them to grow successful businesses and improve their standard of living.  The other side of the market is the client wanting to renovate their home or office.

One aspect of the training programme is e-learning. Fix Forward is looking to develop e-learning content toward a more effective programme. The intern will be involved in the following activities:

  1. Researching other organisations who use e-learning as a training medium
  2. Research and review other e-learning platforms 
  3. Assist with the refinement of e-learning content 
The scholar will be exposed to: 
  • Complexities of supporting enterprises in an informal environment
  • Research and planning 
  • Management of information
  • Communication skills

Ideal skills for the scholar to exhibit:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity and ability to mix with other people, particularly in an emerging market setting
  • Strong writing skills
  • Tolerance for ambiguity and change 
  • Passion for inclusive innovation 
  • High energy levels with a bias for action
  • Strong analytical thinking ability
  • Innovative, conceptual problem solver

To become more effective in our work we need to better understand both sides of the market, as well as to better understand our competitors in the renovation industry. The Fix-Forward team is looking for one intern to undertake initial research to conduct a thorough market and competitor analysis.  For more information, visit



The application deadline for all Inclusive Innovation for Development opportunities is January 13, 2019.


Enhancing Health and Science Education and Research

The University of Toronto is working with the University of Nairobi to enhance education in health and basic sciences by increasing opportunities for students to engage in collaborative research at both institutions.

The program will greatly contribute to student global awareness, and help students enhance their skills in inter-cultural and in interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will be exposed to a variety of health issues, research approaches and techniques that are different from those in their home institution, challenging them to apply their skills in new and unexpected ways.

Students will be hosted by the Department of Human Pathology, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. Students will participate in a research project that matches their skills and interests, while meeting the strategic research goals of the department.

The Projects are ideal for students with experience/skills in health promotion, knowledge translation, genetics and/or global health. 


Knowledge Translation and Exchange Project

Nairobi, Kenya - University of Nairobi 

Students will develop and implement a knowledge dissemination and exchange strategy for research conducted by QES students during summer 2016. The research uncovered the knowledge, experiences and attitudes of the heritable cancer survivors (breast cancer, and eye cancer) and their families about genetic testing and counseling. The students will evaluate the knowledge translation strategy, and define next steps for further research.


Development and Testing of Genetics Education Materials Project

Nairobi, Kenya - University of Nairobi  

Students will pilot test a genetics ‘flip-book’ with families affected by the childhood cancer retinoblastoma.

Rwanda & India

Literacy and Indigenous Language Education


Ubumwe Community Centre (UCC) Project

Gisenyi, Rwanda 

The Ubumwe Community Center (UCC) in Gisenyi, Rwanda is a not-for-profit organization serving more than 800 children and adults with counseling, inclusive preschool and primary education, vocational training and workshop employment. 

The work of UCC is concentrated in three main areas: 

  1. Community Center programs, including skills and special needs programs. 
  2. The Inclusive Pre-School and Primary school. 
  3. Community-based living program for young adults with profound disabilities, who came to the UCC from orphanages. 

Note: The scholars/interns, depending on their experience and training, will be placed in one of the three areas. All scholars will live with a host family in Gisenyi. Additionally, students will have the flexibility to explore different areas. 


Email the Global Initiatives Officer, Aziza Virani, at, if you would like an internship description for UCC. 




Mary Ward Development Centre Project

Darjeeling and Kolkata, India 

Loreto in India is a pioneer in child-centred and child-friendly education. Since 1841, they have been providing inclusive education to millions of young girls through our formal and non-formal education centres. These centres are located not only in the urban areas of India but spread out to the rural areas as well. With 8.15 million out-of-school children in India, they are focused on including children and young adults who are out of school, living on the streets or in rural areas with few opportunities.

Major areas of focus include: early literacy, primary/intermediate schooling and community development.

Mary Ward Development Office was set up in 2014 in the Loreto Provincialate office, to assist in supporting the development initiatives of the Province as well as coordinate the Volunteer Programme with the help of the two Development Centres (Darjeeling Mary Ward Development Centre and Kolkata Mary Ward Development Centre). Scholars live in the guest rooms of Mary Ward convents.



Email the Global Initiatives Officer, Aziza Virani, at, if you would like an internship description for Mary Ward. 

Australia, Belize, New Zealand & Guyana

Establishing Right Relations for Indigenous and Settler Populations in the Commonwealth

This QES program is coordinated by Trinity College. All students may apply, as applications are not restricted to Trinity College students. 

  • Canberra , Australia - Australian National University, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • Auckland, New Zealand - University of Auckland, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
  • Perth, Australia - University of Western Australia
  • San Ignacio, Belize – Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA)
  • Herstelling, Guyana – Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research
  • Wellington, New Zealand – University of Otago

Interns will work with host institutions on effective advocacy strategies for indigenous peoples and economic development, and will expand their knowledge and experience of indigenous issues in a global context.






  • Establishing Right Relations Program: December 31, 2018


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