Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholars – FAQs

Last day to submit questions is November 15, 2016 at 4pm EST.

Key dates and figures

The minimum stay per researcher is 90 days. Is there a maximum?

There is no maximum, but keep in mind that the project will end on December 31, 2020.

What is the deadline for the request for proposals?

The submission deadline is Friday November 25, 2016

What is the duration of the program?

Universities are invited to submit one project proposal and all project activities must be completed by December 31, 2020.

What is the proposed start date for scholar activities?

Scholar activities are anticipated to begin as early as April 1, 2017 (subject to the signing of a Contribution Agreement between Community Foundations Canada and the Canadian university).

Projects must be completed by Dec 31, 2020. Does this include final reporting or can that be completed in early 2021?

Final reports will be due December 31, 2020. Universities Canada will require January to March 2021 to review final reports, issue final payments and compile the results of the program.

Is this a one-time competition, or will there be more competitions in the future?

We will evaluate the situation after this call for proposals. There could be a second call if there are not a sufficient number of quality proposals addressing the program objectives from this call.

With regards to the potential for 1 or more Canadian universities to submit a joint proposal, would the maximum amount of the proposal still be $500,000, split between the partnering Canadian universities? Or could the proposal amount exceed $500,000 and then be shared between the joint institutions?

The maximum amount per project proposal is $500,000. If the Canadian university chooses to submit a joint proposal the maximum amount would still be $500,000.

The guidelines states that the funding is maximized at $500,000 per project proposal. Is the $500,000 the total amount for the proposal including the university/partner funding contribution, or is that the amount we can request from the project? (So in essence the total amount of the project would exceed the $500,000).

The $500,000 is the maximum contribution that can be requested from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships per project proposal. Universities/LMIC partner institutions/research placement partners will be expected to contribute to project costs and higher contributions will be viewed favourably by the selection committee. The cash, in-kind and leveraged contribution provided by the university, the LMIC partner institution, and/or placement partner can include:

  • Supervisory time, researchers’ salaries and/or research assistants’ stipends, publication costs, communication costs, technical costs, conference registration fees, costs for organizing an 2 academic event/conference and interpretation. The partner institutions may also contribute toward airfares, ground transportation, per diems, etc.
  • Tuition waivers or discounts; other discounts or waivers to academic, living or travel costs;
  • Financial contributions from other sources including foundations, community and / or industry partners and other funding agencies.

Note: overhead costs are not an eligible contribution.

Could you clarify the expected start date of the program? From the FAQs, it seems like we will only find out in January if we are successful.

Results will be sent to universities in late January. Subject to the signing of the contribution agreement, it is at the discretion of the Canadian university when to implement program activities but activities may begin as early as April 1, 2017.

Eligibility requirements

The list of eligible countries does not include Morocco. Is this an oversight or is Morocco ineligible? New

Morocco is indeed an eligible country which was unfortunately left off the list.  For those universities who chose to work with Moroccan partners, when submitting the budget and the signature of the authorised university representative, please add a note confirming that the country of partnership is Morocco.

The proposed project must support the mobility of one of the three target groups (doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers). How about established/tenured professors? Can they be involved if they stay in their home country?

QES-AS only provides funding to the three target groups, so they cannot be Scholars. However, a wide range of people can participate in Canada and in the Global South. Their contributions should be quantified, assigned a monetary value, included in “Other Contributions” on line 99 of the budget form and explained in question 8.0 of the application.

Does the partnership with the external institution have to be one to one relationship? In other words, can we engage with multiple institutions from different countries under this current proposal?

Question 4 of the application form allows the Canadian university to list multiple LMIC partner institutions

We have a doctoral student from a LMIC currently enrolled at our university. Would he be eligible for funding?

The QES-AS will only fund the research portion. The QES-AS is not a funding mechanism for individuals, but is to fund a series of scholars who will strengthen the capacity of the LMIC partner institution.

Under the QES-AS, can the incoming scholar from the LMIC be registered as a PhD student at the Canadian university or does the incoming scholar need to be a registered doctoral student at the nominating institution.

That’s up to you and your LMIC partner institution to decide.  But remember that tuition is not an eligible expense although it can be shown as a university contribution.

In the QES 2014 call for proposal we were able to submit two proposals, one for each of our campuses. Can we do the same this year? We also currently administer a QES project, can we still apply?

The previous call for proposals (2014) invited up to two projects per university. This call limits each university to lead one project proposal.  All universities are invited to submit a proposal, whether they are currently managing a QES project or not. The two competitions are considered separate and independent.

The guidelines indicate that the Research Placement partner can be a private sector for-profit organization, or a not-for-profit organization. Can the not-for-profit partner organization be the LMIC university identified as the LMIC partner institution.

All proposals must include three separate partners: 1) Canadian university, 2) University or research institute in an LMIC and 3) A research placement partner, where a minimum 30% of the scholar’s time will be spent. The research placement can be in Canada, in the country where the LMIC partner institution is or in a 3rd LMIC.

Can the Research Placement Partners include research institutes housed at the Canadian university? In many cases these are not stand alone organizations but are created by MOU's with the collaborating partners but housed under the administrative umbrella of the university.

Generally speaking, the research placement partners would not be on campus.  The exemption would be in the case of a privately financed partner who is located on campus but does not fall under the university`s administration.

Are early career researchers required to have a PhD degree?

Yes, an early career researcher is required to have a PhD as well as having led his/her own laboratory or research project, or is in a tenure-track position at a degree-granting institution

Please confirm that UN agencies such as a WHO country office, in a LMIC, would qualify as a research placement partner.

Yes a UN agency country office could be the research placement partner

What are the program components?

Component 1: Awards to support doctoral researchers

Component 2: Awards to support post-doctoral fellows

Component 3: Awards to support early career researchers

Our understanding is that an important component of this program is the practical attachment/placement. Please explain where this should be taking place.

As part of their award, each scholar must spend at least 30% of the total duration of the research award participating in a research placement. Incoming scholars are expected to conduct their placements in Canada; however, if the Canadian university or the LMIC institution has placement partners in the scholar’s home country or a third country, the scholar’s placement may take place at that location.

What are examples of community engagement activities?

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying global experiences or knowledge to enhance the local community;
  • Cross-cultural exchanges;
  • Strengthening character and professional skills through public speaking, networking, problem-solving, and leadership activities;
  • Participating in community events, such as roundtables, fora and panel discussions; and
  • Peer mentoring, knowledge sharing and networking between alumni and current scholars.
Do you need to identify specific partners in the proposal?

The proposal requests information on the LMIC partner institution as well as the research partner. If partners have yet to be identified, universities must explain their strategy to identify partners.

The program guidelines say “The program aims for a 50% contribution”: (1) is this a target for the entire program that Universities Canada is managing; or, is this recommended for each individual submission?; (2) is there a minimum recommended cost-sharing percentage for this call, including the proportion of in-kind vs cash?

The 50% contribution is the aim for the overall program. (2) There is no minimum r required contribution  for each submission although a higher contribution will be viewed more favourably by the selection  committee. Note,as defined in the Glossary of Terms found in the guidelines, university/partner contribution can include:

  • Supervisory time, researchers’ salaries and/or research assistants’ stipends, publication costs, communication costs, technical costs, conference registration fees, costs for organizing an academic event/conference and interpretation. The partner institutions may also contribute toward airfares, ground transportation, per diems, etc.
  • Tuition waivers or discounts; other discounts or waivers to academic, living or travel costs;
  • Financial contributions from other sources including foundations, community and / or industry partners and other funding agencies.

Note: overhead costs are not an eligible contribution.

There are no specific requirements around cash vs in-kind contributions.

I was wondering if you could define “Project” as per The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. We are uncertain what we can classify as a project.

Universities are to apply for funding for one or more of the following components:

  • Component 1: Awards to support doctoral researchers
  • Component 2: Awards to support post-doctoral fellows
  • Component 3: Awards to support early career researchers

This application or ‘bundle’ of components is what is referred to as a project. How these components are linked together is at the discretion of the Canadian university. Diversity and innovation will be viewed favourably, as well as proposals that demonstrate a coherent vision and strategic project approach.

Is there any limit for overseas partners in terms of how many partnerships they can strike up for this program? We are in contact with an overseas partner about a potential partnership for this program and as they have already been approached by other Canadian institutions, they were concerned about whether or not this is a problem.

It is possible for an overseas partner to collaborate with multiple Canadian institutions on this program.

Program targets are listed as 75% LMIC incoming scholars and 25% Canadian outgoing scholars. What does this mean? Does it mean that each proposal should ensure that 75% of the budget is aligned towards LMIC scholars and only 25% towards Canadian scholars?

The overall QES-AS program will ensure that at least 75% of Queen Elizabeth Scholars are from LMICs. The selection process will ensure that the overall program criteria are met; universities do not need to address this criterion in their proposal.

What areas of research are supported? Health research themes dealing with maternal and child health are outside the scope of the “SSHRC mandate.” Does this mean that health research falls outside the QES program mandate?

QES-AS grant applications may meet the eligibility requirements of the IDRC or the SSHRC. Some research projects may even be eligible under both mandates. Funding applications for health research projects are definitely eligible, as are grant applications for pure and applied science projects.

I currently hold a SSHRC Insight grant. Am I eligible to apply for this funding? If so, are there any restrictions or limitations?

There are no restrictions on existing SSHRC grant, fellowship and scholarship award holders participating in the QES program.

SSHRC is providing funding to this program. Does this mean that all the research being undertaken by scholars in this program must be considered SSHRC-eligible? Would maternal health projects focusing on policy change or social impact be eligible?

Proposals do not have to be SSHRC eligible, they can be solely IDRC eligible, in the same way that proposals can be solely SSHRC eligible.  The selection committee will ensure that eligible projects are directed towards the appropriate funding.

Must eligible universities be doctoral degree granting institutions?

Canadian universities who do not offer doctoral degree programs are still eligible to submit a proposal. The selection committee will be evaluating the proposals to see how ultimately, the activities meet the objectives of the QES-AS program and strengthen the capacity of the LMIC partner institution.

Must incoming doctoral scholars have a “doctoral” program within the host Canadian institution in which to enroll?

Doctoral researchers coming from an LMIC and supported through the QES-AS program would be undertaking research in Canada. It would be up to the Canadian university to decide if they must be enrolled in order to undertake their research here. Please note that tuition is not an eligible QES-AS expense but can be shown as a university contribution.

Most universities apply for both incoming (LMIC) and outgoing (Canadian) scholars within a given component. Could a university submit a proposal for incoming LMIC scholars only or must every proposal have a two-way exchange?

Universities may choose to submit proposals that only involve South-North mobility OR only North –South mobility.  Selection will be based on the quality of the proposed activities therefore a proposal that has a very strong approach with only one way mobility may be received more favourably than a proposal with weak approaches involving multi directional mobility.

Selection process

How many proposals will be selected for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships program?

There is no predetermined number of universities that will be selected for this program. The selection process will award the best candidates based on the applications received through the call for proposals and the funds available.

What does the selection process involve?

A selection committee including Canadian and other representatives from academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors will review all complete, eligible proposals received by the application deadline (Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST). Convened by Universities Canada, the committee will assess proposals against the program’s selection criteria and will have the option of accepting, rejecting or providing conditional approval to proposals. It may also elect to approve only certain components or elements of a proposal.    University proposals will then be recommended to the QES-AS Steering Committee and subsequently to the Community Foundations of Canada for approval. Results are expected to be emailed to applicants by the end of January.

Submitting an application

The program guidelines say that QES will provide the university with $1,000 per scholar per 12 month period for community engagement and leadership activities. The budget form, line 98, doesn’t reflect multi-year awards. New

The budget form has been modified. In line 98, column B, the university will now enter the amount which represents $1,000 per scholar per 12 month period.

Please confirm if "the indication of university support form" only needs to be signed by a senior administrator of the Canadian university. Will the partner university in a LMIC need to sign this form?

Since the request for funding is being submitted by the Canadian university, the form is only to be signed by the Canadian institution

Using the Excel Budget Template for the QES Program there seems to be only one award available to a student over the lifespan on a project which may be 3-4 years long. From the Program Guidelines we read that "QES will contribute up to $20,000 per scholar per 12 months towards the total cost of the award." Please confirm: can a student only receive one $20,000 scholarship over the lifetime of the project?

A reminder that the program will only support the research portion of a doctoral program but indeed, it could be more than 12 months, as shown in the program guidelines. The budget form has been corrected to allow for awards of more than 12 months.

Does the application have to be completed in one session? In other words is there a mechanism to enter some of the information, save and then go back to it when you have more time and/or information to key?

The application form does not have to be completed in one session. As indicated at the top of the first page of the application form:  this form saves automatically and can be continued at a later date. Please ensure to use the same device and browser when completing the form, as responses saved are not specific to the user.

In the sample application form, under 4.0 Project Partners, there is provision for only 3 LMIC partner institutions and 3 research placements partners respectively. Is there an option in the online form to include more partners, or is the application restricted to only 3 each?

If universities wish to have more than three partners, they should send the additional           information via email along with the budget and signature page.

What is the maximum amount awarded for a call for proposal?

Canadian universities may seek project funding of up to $500,000 CAD.

Who can apply for funding?

Canadian universities which have recognized provincial degree granting powers, or their affiliates, may submit a proposal to QES-AS. Universities may partner with one or more other Canadian university(ies) for a joint proposal however may only be the lead applicant in one submission to the program.

Do universities need to apply for all three program components?

No, universities may submit projects that comprise of one or more of the three program components.

When can Canadian universities apply for this program?

The deadline for Canadian universities to submit their proposal application is 4pm EST, November 25, 2016.

How do I submit my application for this program?

Send your electronic copy of the proposal to qes-as@univcan.ca  by Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4p.m. EST. The application form and program guidelines are posted on Universities Canada website. Please do not send a hard copy of your proposal to Universities Canada

When will candidates be notified of the results of their applications?

Results are expected to be emailed to all applicants by the end of January.

Will a project submission that incorporates multiple components receive a more favourable review than a single-component submission?

Selection will be based on the quality of the proposed activities within each component the university is undertaking. Therefore, a proposal that has a very strong approach with only one component may be received more favourably than a proposal with weak approaches over three components and vice versa.

How frequently will Universities Canada update its FAQs page? Are we going to receive responses to our requests individually or should we be referring to Universities Canada’s page?

Universities Canada will respond to all email inquiries to qes-as@univcan.ca within one business day. The last day to submit questions is November 15, 2016 at 4pm EST. All responses are posted on the Universities Canada website, which is updated weekly. The last update to the FAQ page will be on November 18, 2016.

It is mentioned that one of the requirements are letter(s) of support from the research placement partner. Does this mean that we need letters of support from both the collaborator at the research and from our university?

The letter of support would be from the research partner organization (not the Canadian university). The letter may be from whoever is most appropriate from the research partner organization; this is at the discretion of the Canadian university.

Is it necessary to include with our application letters of support confirming matching funds (e.g. from the university or other sources), or is it sufficient to simply add the amount of external funding we have secured in the budget under the “university contribution” column?

Letters of support to confirm matching funds are not required; however, we expect strong applicants to enter an average university/scholar/QES contribution per scholar with a detailed explanation of where the funds are coming from in the Cost Effectiveness and Budget section of the application form.

Is it possible to use bolding, italics and underlining? If it is can you please let me know how to do so, if not, please let me know that it is not possible.

Unfortunately the form does not support bolding, italicizing and underlining text.

Who submits the application?

The application is submitted by the university, but it can also come from the dean, the international office, the principal investigator and others. As universities are limited to a single application, each university is responsible for conducting its own internal selection.

Eligible costs

If more than one round-trip flight between a LMIC and Canada would occur for a QES scholar due to the nature of a specific research project, would the second round-trip flight be viewed as an eligible expense supported by the QES funds?

Yes, it would be an eligible QES expense. Information such as this would be presented in question 8 of the application form.

Do matching funds need to be confirmed/received by the application date?

We do not ask for confirmation of contributions, but proposals will be reviewed using the submitted budget. Successful universities will be invited to sign a contribution agreement with Community Foundations of Canada, which will include the budget submitted by the university.

On the form, contributions are split into three categories (travel, living, research). Where do I list contributions in different categories, such as administrative costs or fee waivers (tuition or other)?

Contributions that fall into categories other than the 3 listed must be included in “Other Contributions” on line 99.

Is there an upper limit to duration and funding per scholar?

The maximum funding available is listed on page 9 of the guidelines and refers to PER 12 MONTHS.

Section 4.2 of the application form states that the research placement partner will host the QES for at least 30% of the total research award. Could you further elaborate on this point, by defining what the 30% of the total research award means? Where this figure should be reflected in the budget tables?

This specification refers to a minimum of 30% of the scholar’s time abroad is to be spend with the research placement partner. For example, since awards must be for a minimum of 90 days, in the case of a 90 day award, for at least 27 days of that award, the scholar would be on site at the research placement partner’s facilities. This can be full days, or it could be half days etc., which is up to the university and the research placement partner to agree upon.

When considering the university’s contribution, does the block of funding that we request for the number of scholarships that we can manage in that block have to be translated into individual scholarships, or may there be other costs allocated to the budget, namely: building a thematic network, i.e. future meeting of the candidates; administrative costs; faculty exchange visits to LMIC universities; and for university indirect costs

The QES contribution is limited to expenses directly related to individual scholars, as can be seen by the structure of the budget form which allows for travel expenses, living allowance and research expenses, for each of the 3 components.

The $1,000 per scholar per 12 months paid out by the QES (which will populate automatically under Project Summary towards the bottom of the budget form) is a flat fee, no receipts required and in addition to it supporting community engagement, leadership and networking activities, it can also go towards administration.

The university/research placement partner contribution can include (ref page 3 of QES-AS guidelines, glossary of terms):

The cash, in-kind and leveraged contribution provided by the university, the LMIC partner institution, and/or placement partner. This can include:

  • Supervisory time, researchers’ salaries and/or research assistants’ stipends, publication costs, communication costs, technical costs, conference registration fees, costs for organizing an academic event/conference and interpretation. The partner institutions may also contribute toward airfares, ground transportation, per diems, etc.
  • Tuition waivers or discounts; other discounts or waivers to academic, living or travel costs;
  • Financial contributions from other sources including foundations, community and / or industry partners and other funding agencies.

Note: As specified in the guidelines, overhead costs are not an eligible contribution.

The items you list (building a thematic network, i.e. future meeting of the candidates,    administrative costs,   faculty exchange visits to LMIC universities), are all eligible university/partner institutions contribution.  Since it would be difficult to break down those expenses by scholar, these contributions should be entered in line 99 OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS, which allows for a lump sum to be added.  The explanation of this line item would then be explained in section 8.0 of the application form.

What is the minimum contribution?

There is no minimum contribution. A higher contribution will be viewed more favourably by the selection process. This program aims for an overall 50% contribution from universities, LMIC institutions and/or research placement partners. Contributions may include in-kind contributions such as administrative costs, cash contributions, tuition waivers or discounts, other discounts or waivers to academic, living or travel costs, and financial contributions from other sources including foundations, placement partners and other funding agencies. A higher proportional contribution will be viewed more favorably by the selection committee.

What expenses are eligible to be covered by the QES funds?

The QES funds are eligible to cover the following costs directly related to the scholar.

  • Travel expenses: International airfare (the most direct and economical routing), airport taxes, visas, medical insurance, immunization and ground transportation;
  • Living allowance: which include accommodation, local transportation, food and communications and all other personal expenses;
  • Equipment purchases : this is not a procurement project but reasonable expenses would be allowed; and
  • Research expenses: remuneration for research assistants, resources for the research (e.g. journals, data), open access costs linked to commercially published materials as well as computer and laboratory services.
What eligible costs can be included in the universities’ contribution?

Contributions from universities, LMIC institutions and/or research placement partners may include in-kind contributions such as administrative costs, cash contributions, tuition waivers or discounts, other discounts or waivers to academic, living or travel costs, and financial contributions from other sources including foundations, placement partners and other funding agencies.

Are costs that may be included in the university/partner contributions limited to costs that would be eligible to be covered by the program funds? For example, if the university/partner paid the travel and living costs of a professor/researcher to travel to the partner institution/organization to supervise scholars or carry out research related to the project, could that count as a contribution?

The costs included in the university/partner contribution are not limited to the costs covered by the program funds; however, they must be directly related to the project. These examples would count as university/partner contribution only if they are directly related to the project.

We are working on our proposal, and I had a question about the activity fund of $1,000.00 per scholar. Is this above and beyond what we would be asking for in the proposal? And/or a separate request? I.e. If we request $500,000.00 and we have 20 scholars, would be requesting an additional $20,000.00 ($1,000.00 x 20)? Or should we be building that $20,000.00 into the overall $500,000.00 request?

Each project proposal may seek funding of up to $500,000 CAD. The activity fund of $1,000 per scholar per 12 months must be included in this amount.

Does it matter what the QES-AS contribution goes toward – i.e. can it all go to the research line?

It is up to the Canadian university to determine whether the QES contribution goes towards research, living or travel expenses. This should be explained in the application.

If we can put the Jubilee contribution all toward the research costs – in terms of reporting requirements what is the expectation? Can we just submit proof of research expenses OR will we still be expected to produce boarding passes, ticket invoices and all the other receipting for the living and travel portion? i.e. receipts for all costs, not just what Jubilee contribution goes toward?

The Reporting Guidelines are still in development and will be part of the Contribution Agreement if your project is successful. All expenses will, of course, need to be verifiable, Universities will not submit receipts to Universities Canada, but for audit purposes, all contributions, must be documented. In the case of the university/partner contributions, this includes all in-cash and in-kind contributions.

Must all university/partner contributions come from one of the formal (i.e. letter of support) project partners?

The university contribution may come from a number of sources. All contributions must be documented and verifiable in the event of an audit.

Reporting requirements

What are the reporting requirements for universities, research placement partners and scholars?

Universities Canada will require that Canadian universities submit annual narrative reports and quarterly financial reports. Queen Elizabeth Scholars will be required to submit a narrative report at the end of their award, scholars, Canadian universities, LMIC partner institutions and research placement partners will be required to participate in program evaluation processes which may involve surveys, interviews and both summative and formative evaluations. The program will also collect data from alumni regarding the impact their participation in this program has had on their career paths.

Will CFC require any direct interaction with project grantees, or is it only Universities Canada that we will liaise with? It is being assumed that the funds are with CFC, and Universities Canada’s role is that of an executing agency.

At the moment it is foreseen that Canadian universities will liaise mainly with Universities Canada for the management of this program. However, CFC, IDRC and SSHRC may wish to have a communication channel with universities as well.

Partners

Who is funding this program?

This program is funded by donations from Canada’s provinces, the private sector and the Government of Canada in addition to funding received from IDRC and SSHRC.

What is the Rideau Hall Foundation and what is its role in this program?

The Rideau Hall Foundation is a philanthropic organization that works closely with the Governor General’s office and other partners to cultivate initiatives that foster Canadians’ sense of values and identity, increase their potential for excellence and strengthen their aspiration for a better country. For more information, visit the Rideau Hall Foundation website.

The foundation’s roles and responsibilities in this program include:

  • Providing overall program integration and manage interfaces;
  • Supporting program design;
  • Stewarding partnerships, contributions and supporters;
  • Leading strategic communications, branding and web presence; and
  • Highlighting the program’s alumni and impact over the course of the program.
What is the Community Foundations of Canada and what is its role in this program?

Community Foundations of Canada aims to build stronger communities by enhancing the philanthropic leadership of community foundations across Canada. For more information, please visit the Community Foundations of Canada’s website.

CFC’s roles and responsibilities in this program include:

  • Acting as financial trustee and administer the program with technical support from Universities Canada Funding university projects as recommended by the Steering Committee;
  • Fundraising through its network of Community Foundations across Canada;
  • Developing a monitoring and evaluation plan and framework in consultation with Universities Canada; and
  • Providing progress and financial reports to the donors.
What is the role of Universities Canada?

The Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, representing the interests of 97 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities.  For more information, please visit  Universities Canada`s website.

Universities Canada ’s roles and responsibilities in the program include:

  • Acting as the technical leader of the program;
  • Launching and managing the calls for proposals process and recommending a selection of university proposals to CFC;
  • Liaising with universities on the implementation of the program;
  • Recommending disbursements to universities to CFC;
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the program;
  • Receiving and preparing university narrative and financial reports for submission to CFC; and
  • Reporting on progress and making recommendations for improvement to the program to the QES-AS Steering Committee, Rideau Hall Foundation and CFC.
What is the role of Canadian universities in the program?

Canadian universities’ roles and responsibilities in the program include:

  • Provide each scholar with a research placement partner, either for-profit or not-for-profit;
  • Provide each scholar with  leadership development activities;
  • Provide each scholar with community engagement activities;
  • Engage program alumni with current scholars before, during and after the program;
  • Incorporate alumni feedback to enhance the program experience;
  • Enable ongoing peer mentoring and alumni interaction;
  • Reporting on financial and program results to Universities Canada;
  • Providing academic and social support to Queen Elizabeth Scholars during their awards; and
  • Ensure all scholars complete pre-departure and scholars narrative reports.
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