Queen Elizabeth Scholarships
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Queen Elizabeth Scholarships (QES) Program 

In 2012, Canada celebrated the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne. To honour this milestone and with the extensive leadership provided by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, as well as with remarkable contributions from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, the private sector and individuals, the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program was created. 

This program represents a unique opportunity to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and the world to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

Students selected for the scholarship program will be named “Queen Elizabeth Scholars” and will engage with communities across the world, learn about cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. They will join a global community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate on meaningful initiatives.

The program is a collaborative initiative through Universities Canada, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the Rideau Hall Foundation.

With the help of many generous benefactors, Queen Elizabeth Scholars will become the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors and leaders. Through this unique international exchange of talent, students will enrich their communities and discover that anything is possible.

Objectives of the program

1. Develop global citizens through enriched academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences; 

2. Activate a new generation of enterprising leaders in Canada and around around the world through facilitating lasting local and global community engagement; and 

3.Enhance collaborative capacity and deepen peer relationships among Queen Elizabeth Scholars to enrich the program experience and facilitate personal and professional growth.

Leadership and community engagement

All Queen Elizabeth Scholars will be required to participate in leadership and community engagement activities to integrate academic and cross-cultural experiences, as well as facilitate personal, professional, and academic growth.

Relevant information

QES National Press Release 2017 

QES National Press release 2014

QES UQTR Article 2018

QES UQTR Article 2015

Queen Elizabeth Scholars Web Site 



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