Skip to main content
Crisis Centre

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships – Master's


The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

The purpose of QES is to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

List of commonwealth countries

Value and duration:

Full scholarship:

$21,000 per year, plus minimum funding (additional information on minimum funding levels)

Partial scholarship:

$4,000 per year, plus minimum funding (additional information on minimum funding levels)


One new full scholarships and one new partial scholarship at the master’s level will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Important note:

Prospective students who are interested in holding a QES at UOIT must apply for admission into a graduate program by Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Eligibility criteria:

Both full and partial international Queen Elizabeth Scholars must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have an A-minus average (GPA: 3.70 out of 4.30) or greater in the last two years of full-time study prior to receiving the award.
  • Must be 35 years of age or under at time of application.
  • Must be an international master’s student from the Commonwealth[1], enrolled in an eligible research program when starting the award. Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible.
    • Be geographically available and visit campus regularly[2]
    • Must be a full-time master’s student and continuously maintain full-time status for the duration of the award.
    • Cannot be employed outside the university except by permission of supervisor.
    • Cannot be enrolling in a qualifying or make-up year.
  • Must agree to return to their home country and sign a form to this effect as part of their acceptance of the award.
  • Must participate in community engagement activities in Canada.
  • Cannot hold a QES full scholarship concurrently with a scholarship or fellowship from other federal or provincial scholarship programs.
  • Must maintain satisfactory research progress for the duration of this award.

How to apply:

Interested international applicants must submit a complete UOIT application with supporting documentation to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS).

Electronic documents will be accepted. However, all originals must be submitted via regular mail to the following address:

UOIT School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Manager, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4


Required documents

Please note: The university will use the bachelor's degree transcripts from your admissions application to complete your QES application file.

Next steps

All application files are accepted, reviewed and processed by SGPS.

A University Selection Committee is established, consisting of core faculty members. This committee will review and rank all application files.

[1] Preference will be given to our partner Commonwealth universities. A list of these universities can be obtained from the SGPS or the International Office.

[2] Students in online programs must commit to participation in the leadership aspects of the program in order to hold the award. If students are unable to visit the campus as required, they may lose their eligibility to hold the award.