International

Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program

Gain international experience in Jamaica or Uganda while earning academic credit toward your SMU degree through Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program.

Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Jamaica: 4-12 month internship, study abroad, and research opportunities in such areas as market research for retail, marketing of agro-food products, ICT-based innovations in mobile, cloud, distributed and social computing, Big Data and cognitive computing for business.  

Uganda: 4-12 month internship, study abroad, and research opportunities in ICT and development, and community training programs in computer and mobile phone use

Funding

  • $6,000 (CAD) for student placements from 4-6 months
  • $8,000 (CAD) for student placements from 7-12 months

Funding will be granted to all successful applicants to help cover international travel and living expenses.  

How to apply
Students can apply by completing the QES Application Form‌ [PDF] and submitting it with the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Intent (1 page typed)
  • Unofficial academic record (printout from the Banner Self Service)
  • Current résumé
  • One letter of reference

See application form for complete details.

SMU applicants must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada.

Please submit your documents in person to:

Alida Campbell
Project Manager
International Activities
Tel: 902-496-8133
Email: alida.campbell@smu.ca


Program Information

JamaicaInnovative use of ICT and Agri-Food Technology in integrating cultural preferences into the agro-processing sectors of Canada and Jamaica

Partner Institution
University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston, Jamaica

Scholar/Researcher Position
* For graduate students only

Graduate students selected to participate may take academic courses at UTech or participate in a research project related to the overall project goals and objectives.

This program seeks to develop a new generation of researchers and future business leaders by providing an opportunity to study and participate in cross-cultural collaborative research in the field of new agri-food products as well as of new ICT-based (Information and Communication Technology) innovations in mobile, cloud, distributed and social computing, Big Data and cognitive computing for business application to enhance marketing.  

Internship Positions
* For graduate and undergraduate students

Students (undergraduate and graduate) selected to participate in this component will enrich their academic experience by gaining international work experience with UTech or with private sector companies in Jamaica. These internships will focus on using technology and Big Data to identify and develop commercial markets for agri-food products, focusing on retrial, commercialization, financial services, and transportation.

UgandaBridging the Digital Divide in Uganda.

Partner Institution
Uganda Martyr’s University (UMU) in Nkozi, Uganda

Scholar/Researcher Position
*For graduate students only

Graduate students selected to participate may take academic courses at UMU or participate in a research project related to the overall project goals and objectives.  

The overall objective of this project is to generate more research and knowledge Information and Communication Technology and the role it can play in the field of development for rural Uganda. Project activities will both directly build the capacity of rural community members to use technology to better their lives and carry out research on the relationship between ICT and development.

Internship Positions
*For graduate and undergraduate students

Students (undergraduate and graduate) selected to participate in this component as interns will work in the five local training centres organized by UMU and/or at UMU itself as a research/teaching assistant.  All internship positions will engage in “train-the-trainer” activities with the goal of equipping local leadership with knowledge in computer technology so that they can train others.  
 
Academic Questions? 

Please contact Dr. Dawn Jutla at dawn.jutla@smu.ca

More Information

Alida Campbell
Project Manager
International Activities
Tel: 902-496-8133
Email: alida.campbell@smu.ca


The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique patnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), and Canadian Universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.