Canada: Fully Funded Scholarship at the University of British Columbia for Common Wealth Africa and India Students. 2017/2018

UBC Faculty of Forestry is pleased to invite applications from outstanding students from India and Commonwealth countries in Africa currently enrolled in a postgraduate program to apply for funding to be a visiting scholar at UBC for up to four months. During this time, visiting scholars engage in seminars and develop skills relevant to their current research work.

Application Deadline: 9th January, 2017

Eligible Countries: India and Commonwealth Countries in Africa

To be taken at (country): Canada

Eligible Field of Study: Forestry and other related fields

About the Award: The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships ( aim to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts at both home and abroad through inter-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

Type: Training

Eligibility: Applicants must currently be conducting forestry research at a university in India or Commonwealth countries in Africa (preferably, at one of our partner institutions) and identify a UBC faculty member who is willing to mentor them during their visit to UBC.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • 35 years of age or under at the time of application
  • Proficient in English
  • Currently enrolled as a master’s or Ph.D. student in India or Commonwealth countries in Africa
  • Citizens of a Commonwealth country (but not Canadian). Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency is not eligible.
  • Scholars must agree to return to their home country after the study visit and sign a form to this effect as part of their acceptance of the award.
  • Scholars must participate in community engagement activities in Canada.

Selection Criteria: Eligible applications will be evaluated based on:

  • the significance of proposed visit to applicant’s research- either in the form of course work, or research experience, or both
  • the alignment of proposed research with the QES program goals degree of support from current supervisor
  • the fit between research program of proposed UBC faculty member and the applicant’s proposed research
  • the commitment from proposed UBC faculty member for mentoring the applicant’s research activities.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: The UBC faculty mentor should have an active research program that is well-aligned with the applicant’s research.  The scholarship covers airfare (max C$2,100) and living expenses (C$1,500 month x 4 months).

Duration of Scholarship: The deadlines is January 9, 2017 (for a start date between May 2017 to August 2017).

How to Apply: To apply, please send:

  • Cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for the visiting scholarship, proposed activities while at UBC, and how you will contribute to community engagement activities in Canada
  • One-page summary of your current or planned research work
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support from current supervisor at home institution, outlining your current research, intellectual preparedness, and how a visiting scholarship will contribute to your work
  • Letter of support from a UBC faculty member outlining a fit between their current research and applicant’s proposed plan, and commitment to mentor the applicant during their stay at UBC

Application materials should be emailed to Gayle Kosh (

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Faculty of Forestry, UBC

Important Notes: Note that successful Queen Elizabeth Visiting Scholarship applicants must also apply as a Visiting International Research Student through UBC Go Global: (


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