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.
QES-Advanced Scholars – West Africa (QES-AS-WA) Competition
Thanks to funding provided by the International Research Development Centre (IDRC), QES-AS-WA will support projects in West Africa that will inform progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with preference given to proposals that focus on or clearly integrate SDG 5 (gender equality) as a crosscutting or mainstream goal. Canadian universities are invited to submit multi-year project proposals seeking funding of up to $300,000 CAD. Each Canadian university may submit one proposal to the 2020 competition. Up to $3,000,000 will be made available through this call for proposals.
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Summary of Project Criteria:
- Canadian universities which have recognized provincial degree granting powers, or their affiliates, may submit a proposal to QES-AS West Africa. Universities may partner with one or more other Canadian university(ies) for a joint proposal however, each university may only be the lead applicant in one submission to the program.
- Projects will support specialized training and/or research activities for doctoral researchers, post-doctoral researchers and early career researchers from Canada and West Africa and each award must include a non-academic research placement with industry/civil society.
Each scholar must be undertaking research in one or more of the following areas of focus:
a. Climate resilience and sustainable food systems Education and innovation systems
b. Ethics in development research
c. Health equity
d. Inclusive governance
e. Sustainable inclusive growth
- Complete the application form
- Upload the indication of university support form, signed by a senior administrator
- Upload the completed budget form
- Upload the letter(s) of support from the non-academic research placement partner(s) (if applicable) More detailed criteria are provided in this call for proposals.
- Eligible projects will demonstrate a partnership between a Canadian university and an institution in at least one of the eligible countries and if available at the time of application, will include information on the non-academic research placement partner(s). Non-academic research placements must be confirmed before the funded researchers travel to/from Canada.
- The program will require all scholars to participate in leadership development and community engagement activities and to participate in the network of Queen Elizabeth Scholars.
All projects must meet the following general criteria:
- Project implementation period: It is anticipated that project activity may commence as early as April 2021, subject to the signing of a Contribution Agreement between Rideau Hall Foundation and the Canadian university. All project activities and final reporting must be completed by December 31, 2024.
- Funding: Applicants may seek up to $300,000 CAD in funding. Funding is available to support doctoral researchers, post-doctoral researchers, and early career researchers only. There is no limit to the number of incoming or outgoing scholars that can be included in a project. An activity fund of up to $2,000 per scholar, can be included in the project budget to support project administration, partner relationships, community engagement, leadership development and networking activities. Please see section 3.1 for eligible QES expenses.
- Cost-sharing: Universities and all partner institutions will be expected to contribute and leverage additional funding to support their Queen Elizabeth Scholars. Higher proportional contributions will be viewed favourably by the selection committee.
- Geographic focus: All projects must undertake activity with one or more West African countries. Please see Annex B for a list of eligible countries.
- Focus areas: All scholars 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
- Ethics: issues arising from individual research projects must be properly dealt with by each institution’s own ethical review boards and shall comply with the requirements set out in the following documents: IDRC’s Corporate Principles on Research Ethics.
- Open access clause: All QES-AS projects and their associated research must ensure compliance with IDRC open access clause for publications. • Program outcomes: Projects must align with the QES program’s outcomes, as per the logic model in Annex A.
The QES program 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. There have been 89 projects, administered by 44 Canadian universities and with over 2000 scholarships already awarded.