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.

We are currently recruiting for Summer 2019 internships. The start and end dates of QES opportunities vary by project location. 

  • Summer 2019 QES Internship application for CIE programs is due January 13, 2019.
  • The Trinity College QES Program Application is due December 31, 2018.

Note: Submit all supporting documentation on or before the final deadline date. ​


Components Students can complete a 90-day internship or 90-day research project abroad
Eligibility Open to senior-level undergraduate and graduate students under the age of 35
Projects International project details and descriptions
Info Sessions November 2018 Schedule
Important Dates Deadlines for application and reference letter
Application Complete the application
Contact us Need help? Email


Current U of T Students 

For current U of T Students selected for this program, there are two different components: 

90-day internship abroad: Senior undergraduates or graduate students can work abroad with one of the projects below, for a minimum of 90 days.

90-day research project abroad (for graduate students only): Graduate students can also conduct research or study abroad to complement their own research interests, for a minimum of 90 days. The research must align with one of the QES Program Themes below. 


Non U of T Students 

For graduate students outside of Canada (non U of T students), there is a an opportunity to pursue a short-term research project at U of T: 

90-day research project at U of T (for graduate students outside U of T only): Graduate students outside of U of T, studying at a university in a commonwealth country, are eligible to engage in a short-term research internships in education with a professor at the University of Toronto. 

Complete the International Graduate Scholar QES application form.


Undergraduate or graduate students are welcome to apply, and must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible. Students must complete the 90-day internship or graduate scholarship to be eligible for funding. 

All applicants must meet these basic requirements: 

  • Entering or enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate degree, or be enrolled in a graduate program 
  • Registered in a degree program at a Canadian institution
  • 35 years of age or under at the time of their application
  • Able to take a University of Toronto course for the duration of the internship
  • Proficient in the language of instruction at the Commonwealth partner institution
  • Participate in Community engagement activities in Canada and abroad
  • Once accepted, applicants must work, study or conduct research on a full-time basis at the partner institution 
  • Mandatory U of T Course for Credit - All QE Scholars are required to take a course for credit while on internship. The course is usually a directed studies course. 

Additional Information 

Second-Year Undergraduate Students: Students who are in their second year of undergraduate studies are welcome to apply. Applicants who are not part of a practicum program must complete a course for the duration of their QE Internship. The course must be a directed studies course. 

Undergraduate or Graduate Students graduating in Summer 2019: Graduating students applying for the Summer 2019 term must be willing to convocate in November 2019


Whether you want to complete an Internship or apply to be a Graduate Scholar, you must decide which project and location interests you. 

Project List

You may select more than one project and location from the follow programs: 

  • Inclusive Innovation for Development - South Africa 

  • Enhancing Health and Science Education and Research - Kenya

  • Literacy and Indigenous Language Education - Rwanda or India 

  • Establishing Right Relations for Indigenous and Settler Populations in the Commonwealth - Australia, Belize, New Zealand or Guyana 

Info Sessions

Applicants are encouraged to attend a QES information session before applying. The Centre for International Experience (CIE), located at 33 St. George Street, will be hosting several Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Information Sessions over the Fall semester. 

Register today for a session of your choice and to find out more about the QES!

If you are not able to attend an information session, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with Karen Pak, International Scholarship Advisor by emailing

Fall 2018 Dates 

  • October 1, 2018 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • October 10, 2018 5 – 6 p.m.
  • October 24, 2018 5 – 6 p.m.
  • October 31, 2018 5 – 6 p.m.
  • November 7, 2018 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • November 14, 2018 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • November 21, 2018 3 – 4 p.m.
  • November 26, 2018 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Important Dates

Application Deadline: January 13, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. 

  • This due date only applies to the following projects: Inclusive Innovation for Development, Literacy and Indigenous Language Education and Enhancing Health and Science Education opportunities.
  • If you wish to apply for more than one opportunity, email additional cover letters/personal statements for each additional opportunity to the International Scholarships Advisor. You are required to submit just one recommendation letter.


Reference Letter Deadline: January 18, 2019 @ 12 p.m. 

  • If you are applying to several opportunities, ensure your referee offers support for your application to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship as a whole, rather than focusing on one opportunity


The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship accepts applications for the following programs on a rolling basis: Inclusive Innovation for Development, Literacy and Indigenous Language Education and Enhancing Health and Science Education. 

Applications are only evaluated once the application deadline has closed. Applicants are encouraged to attend a QES information session and/or contact the International Scholarships Advisor prior to applying to these programs.  

Complete your application form for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Program


If you have questions about this scholarship, please contact Karen Pak, International Scholarships Advisor at or phone 416-579-8310.