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Apply for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program for African Scholars

Brief Description

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program (QES) was created to improve global talent exchange between Canada and other nations. The program aims to develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders by providing enriched academic, professional, and cross-cultural experiences and by facilitating lasting local and global community engagement.


Up to $3 million CAD will be allocated via the expansion of the QES Advanced Scholars program, which will support doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers from eligible West African countries and Canada.


  • Each scholar must be undertaking research in one or more of the following areas of focus:

    • Climate resilience and sustainable food systems

    • Education and innovation systems

    • Ethics in development research

    • Health equity

    • Inclusive governance

    • Sustainable inclusive growth

  • QES-AS West Africa will prioritize the following:

  • Women researchers – overall, 60% of the researchers should be women.

  • Francophone researchers – applications focusing on Francophone countries will be prioritized.

  • Institutional strengthening – proposals which make a convincing case that scholar exchanges, beyond advancing individual scholars` own careers, will deliberately be used by Canadian and West African universities to strengthen their own institutional capacity (research areas, curriculums, partnerships etc.) will be prioritized.


26 October 2020

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