Crossing Borders Outgoing Researcher Opportunities

The Crossing Borders Program, developed by the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and supported by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program, is offering five $6,000 CDN scholarships per year (from 2015-2018) for UVic graduate-level students.

This year’s placements will include a pre-departure orientation and online classroom space, and 3-6 months overseas research project which must be completed in 2017. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to receive financial and institutional support for the pursuit of research or field-work projects in a Commonwealth country, with preference given to the Asia-Pacific region. Scholars will be expected to identify a partner organization (research institution, university or civil society organization) in a Commonwealth country and arrange their own placements in advance of their application for the scholarship.

Scholars will work closely with their academic advisor and CAPI, engage extensively in our existing research environment (through conferences, presentations, and workshops) and contribute to the growing Canada-wide community of program scholars through an online classroom.

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General information

Program Eligibility

The CAPI-QES program requires scholar applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria. Scholars must be:

  • 35 years of age or younger,
  • enrolled in a graduate degree (in any discipline) with a social and/or community engagement component (please refer to the program objectives on the Crossing Borders Scholarships page) at UVic, and
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Scholars will also be required to:

  • Attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC. 
  • Scholars will post at least three blogs or podcasts throughout their time in their host country (May - September) focusing on a social issue connected to their research. These postings will help guide students in compiling their final Capstone project.
  • Submit a Capstone project, summarizing their research and building on their blogs and podcasts. The Capstone project is due at the end of October and will highlight the scholar’s changing perspectives and/or understandings of the key social issue chosen at the beginning of their placement.
  • Complete periodic narrative reports before, during and after their placements.
  • Host a public engagement session between September 2017 and February 2018 at a CAPI organized event, such as a conference or a lunch-and-learn, an on-campus event such as IdeaFest, or a public event outside of UVic such as a session for a kindergarten to grade 12 classroom.
  • Act as a mentor for the outgoing QES cohort in 2018. 


Scholars are offered $6,000 CDN to contribute to living expenses while in the country of research (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.), travel insurance (approximately $300 CDN for 6 months), and course-enrolment fees. 

Program Timeline



23 September 2016

Positions posted

16 November 2016

Information session (Sedgewick Building C168 from 1 - 2 pm)

27 January 2017

Information session (Sedgewick Building C168 from 1 - 2 pm)

3 March 2017

Application deadline - Deadline extended to 4 April

All applications must be received before 4 p.m. PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

8-10 March 2017


31 March 2017

Letters of offer sent to scholars selected

April 2017

Signing contracts, paperwork and preparation for orientation and placements

April 2017

Submission of proof of ethics application

21 and 28 April 2017

in-person pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May - September 2017

Minimum 3 month placement including at least 3 blog/podcast postings

31 October 2017

Deadline to post the final Capstone project to the online classroom

January - February 2018

Community engagement piece

January 2018 onwards

Supporting future CAPI interns and scholars as a CAPI mentor

Please note that this timeline is non-negotiable. Please only apply if you can commit to the timeline as indicated above.

How to apply

Prospective applicants must submit the following documents

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the interview stage) of current and past degrees
  • A letter of support from an academic supervisor at UVic,
  • Demonstration that an ethics approval form has been submitted for the research project, and

An invitation/letter of support from the Commonwealth partner organization (research institution, university or civil society organization) where the research/fieldwork will be conducted.

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at and by 4 April 2017 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-QES Scholar Application” in the subject line of your email.

Applications should be saved as “CAPI-QES”, your name, and then a description of what the document is (e.g. “CAPI-QES – Humphrey Joolini - UVic transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in our International Scholarship Program. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted before 7 March 2017 to set up an interview.


If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact: 

  • Robyn Fila (Program Manager) by email at or phone at 250.721.7022