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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES) summer 2021 internship program is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to cancel the QES 2021 summer internship was made with the health and safety of our students in mind. The travel advisory from the Canadian government continues to recommend that there should be no travel for non-essential purposes and we have no indication of when this will change.

We have made the decision to cancel the QES Summer 2021 internship now because the internship program requires extensive preparations such as purchase of flights, inoculations and planning specifically for the program placement.  We cannot postpone the decision any longer and risk student intern candidates missing other summer opportunities because they continued to depend on this opportunity. We are optimistic that the internship will resume in the summer of 2022.

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Internship Details

Laurier students selected as QE Scholars will spend 100 days in Ghana (approximately from mid-May to mid-August), with 90 days spent interning at the University of Ghana (Legon). Each scholar will also receive a $6,000 grant to go towards the costs associated with the internship.

Students will be housed at the University of Ghana International Student Housing residence (ISH) along with nine other Laurier QE scholars.

Application Process

In the application, you will be asked to:

  • Respond to the eligibility requirements outlined below.
  • Submit a letter of motivation.
  • Submit an up-to-date resume.
  • Upload a photo or scan of the photo page of your passport.
  • Provide two references (one academic and one non-academic). 

 Successful applicants will be invited to an interview with Laurier International staff.

Students who are currently out of the country are encouraged to apply and, if selected for an interview, may be interviewed over Skype, or similar.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at

Eligibility Requirements

To apply you must:

  • Be a registered Laurier student in Human Rights and Human Diversity, Social Work, Global Studies Programs or in the Faculty of Music.
  • Be enrolled full-time and on track to have third-year standing by the end of the winter semester. Applicants should have completed at least 9.5 credits by the time the internship takes place. Please note that students who are more advanced in their degree studies may score higher in our evaluation of their applications.
  • Have a minimum 7.0 GPA at the time of your application.
  • Be 35 years of age or under at the time of your application for the internship.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Hold a valid passport or be willing to apply for a passport immediately upon being accepted for the program.
  • During the internship, be at the partner’s office or field site for at least seven hours a day, five days a week (or 35 hours a week).
  • Complete an academic credit related to the internship in the fall semester following the internship. The specific credit will depend on your program of study. 
  • Agree to act in accordance with any Global Affairs Canada travel advisory in effect at the time while in Ghana.
  • If successful, commit to satisfying the following requirements:
    • Participate in a pre-departure program.
    • Sign Laurier International’s Acknowledgment of Risk and Responsibility Form.
    • Sign Laurier International’s Agreement to Participate on Study Exchange Form.
    • Participate in a debriefing/re-entry session after returning to Canada.
    • Participate in public engagement activities upon their return to Canada.
    • Acquire a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check for working with vulnerable populations.
    • Consent to Laurier International performing a background check with the Laurier Special Constable Service and the Laurier Behaviour Intervention Team.
    • Any other requirements set by Laurier International.

Upon acceptance to the internship you will be asked to sign a form authorizing Laurier International to perform a background check with the Laurier Special Constable Service, and the Laurier Care and Support Team. You will also be asked to submit a Police Vulnerable Sector Check within 60 days of your acceptance.

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