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Co-op funding opportunities

Several funding options may be available to support your co-op work experiences.

You can also see funding opportunities for employers, which could help your potential employer hire you.

Strategic Framework Experiential Learning Fund (SF-ELF)

At UVic, hands-on experiential learning is an essential part of the student experience. To support you in community-based learning opportunities, UVic provides a range of funding opportunities for students and employers both in Canada and abroad. 

If you're traveling outside Victoria (but within Canada) for a co-op work term with a not-for-profit or a for-profit organization, you may be eligible for a $1,000 travel stipend. SF-ELF provides 15 for-profit travel subsidies and 35 not-for-profit travel subsidies per year.

Who can apply

  • full-time undergraduate or graduate students doing co-op work terms anywhere in Canada, excluding the local Victoria region, as part of their UVic degree
  • the local Victoria region is defined as the Victoria Capital Regional District, which includes communities from Sidney and North Saanich at the north end of the Peninsula, to Victoria at the southern-most tip, to Oak Bay on the east and extending west to include Sooke and the Juan de Fuca electoral area to Port Renfrew

How to apply

When to apply

Applications will only be accepted during the term that the placement takes place. The application deadline varies per term. 

  • January - April work terms: 4:30 p.m. on February 15
  • May - August work terms: 4:30 p.m. on June 15
  • September - December work terms: 4:30 p.m. on October 15

UVic's Strategic Framework Experiential Learning Fund supports Indigenous community organizations to hire Indigenous students. Students must undertake co-op work terms in Indigenous community organizations anywhere in Canada.

Your potential co-op employer can apply for funds for co-sponsorship for one co-op work term. This funding will not cover the full cost of hiring a student. Employers are responsible for additional costs in excess of the maximum funding subsidy allowance of $5,000.

Review the Indigenous SF-ELF application form and submit it to .

The deadlines for the application form are:

  • November 1 for January-April work term
  • March 1 for May-August work term
  • August 4 for September-December work term

Who can apply

If you're formally registered in an approved entrepreneurial co-op work term, you may be eligible for this grant, which provides a maximum of $5,000.

How to apply

Contact your co-op coordinator to get your entrepreneurial co-op work term idea approved, then complete and submit the Experiential Learning Wage subsidy application form to coopwagesubsidy@uvic.ca.

Application deadline

Applications will be accepted during the term that the entrepreneurial work term takes place, or in the term before the entrepreneurial work term takes place. 

If you're applying in the SAME TERM as your entrepreneurial work term:

  • students going on a summer work term (May to August) must apply by 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday in June
  • students going on a fall work term (September to December) must apply by 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday in October
  • students going on a spring work term (January to April) must apply by 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday in February 

If you're applying in the term BEFORE your entrepreneurial work term:

  • students going on a fall work term (September to December) must apply by 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday in June
  • students going on a spring work term (January to April) must apply by 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday in October
  • students going on a summer work term (May to August) must apply by 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday in February

 Additional Strategic Framework Experiential Learning Fund (SF-ELF) opportunities are included below under international funding.

Funding for international work terms

Who qualifies?

If you're a student traveling outside Canada for a co-op work term with a not-for-profit organization, you may be eligible for a $3,000 travel stipend. This is a SF-ELF funding opportunity.

How to apply

If you've been placed at or considering a co-op work term with a not-for-profit organization outside of Canada, you may be eligible for this travel grant. 

No application is required—we’ll contact you if you're selected for this award. Selection criteria includes the location of the work term, payment provided by the employer and cost of living in the host country.

Students working at UVic Co-op and Career's partner institutions will be given priority.

Please contact the International Co-op office at intlcoop@uvic.ca with any questions.

Who qualifies?

If you're selected to participate in the Indigenous International Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Exchange Program, you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in travel funding support.

This is a SF-ELF funding opportunity.

How to apply

No separate funding application is required—we’ll contact you if you're selected for this award after securing an international work term through this exchange program.

This funding supports students pursuing co-op work terms or internships in the Asia-Pacific region.

Four grants of $3,125 from this fund are available each year.

Selection criteria

  • location of work site
  • the learning opportunity the placement will provide
  • relevance to your area of study
  • relevance to your career aspirations
  • your academic grade point average
  • level of remuneration from the employer
  • level of your financial need

Application requirements

You must be formally registered in a work term to be eligible for funding consideration.

Application deadline

Applications will only be accepted in the term before the work placement term. The application deadline each term is 4:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the fourth month of the term before the co-op placement (the first Wednesday of April, August and December).

Late applications will not be considered.

How to apply

This scholarship is awarded to students in the field of science, medicine, technology or social sciences disciplines who are going to Hungary to complete a co-op work term or study term.

The deadline for application is 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of March and November. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Global Engagement either in person to University Centre, Room B202, or by email as a single pdf document to world@uvic.ca.

Contact the following offices for additional information:

International Student Services offers the following:

Student Awards and Financial Aid can help you look into funding options offered by UVic, including:

  • grants
  • prizes
  • scholarships
  • bursaries

They can also point you in the right direction to find external sources of financial aid.

Other funding & scholarships

A a registered co-op student, you can apply funding through the Graham Branton Co-op Endowment Fund. This fund supports placements that provide excellent learning opportunities but little remuneration (typically international co-op opportunities).

The fund was established in 1996 in memory of Dr. Graham Branton, who was instrumental in the growth of the UVic co-op program.

Application requirements

You must be registered in a work term to be considered.

How to apply

Application deadline

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the fourth month of the term before the co-op placement (the first Wednesday of April, August and December).

Late applications will not be considered.

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who complete a co-op work term that involved the restoration and preservation of forests.

You must complete this work term in the academic year (May to April) before the disbursement of the scholarship. Nominations are made by the co-op program and preference is given to those with demonstrated financial need. Learn more about the Joyce Clearihue Undergraduate Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded to graduate students who completed a co-op term that involved the restoration and preservation of forests.

To be eligible, you must complete the co-op work term in the graduate academic year (September to August) before the disbursement of the scholarship. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated financial need. Approval of the recipient(s) will be made by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Awards Committee.

Applications must be submitted to the Dean's Office, Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than April 15.

Learn more about the Joyce Clearihue Graduate Scholarship.

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding graduate students participating in a co-op work program. Preference will be given to a member or the child of a member of the Peninsula Consumer Services Cooperative. The application deadline is typically August 31. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Graduate Awards Committee.

To apply:

  1. Visit Grad Studies and select UVic Grad Donor Awards requiring an application.
  2. Scroll down to the Peninsula Co-op Award (awards are alphabetical; this one is under MacPherson).
  3. Apply using the live link in the award description. The live link to the form is found in the award description here.

UVic Co-op awards the Thouvenelle scholarship to students in work terms related to community development or service learning. Eligibility is based on:

  • the nature of the work term
  • your GPA 
  • your financial need

No application is required—we’ll contact you if you're selected for this scholarship.

Through SWPP, you could be eligible to qualify for $5,000-$7,000 in a wage subsidy to offer employers to hire you as a co-op student. SWPP funding is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada and is available by applying through several employer delivery partners.

  • funding is provided to employers to hire science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business students
  • you could pre-qualify for a subsidy, making it easier and more financially feasible for employers to hire you
  • funding is provided to employers across a range of sectors and industries, including science, bio-technology, ecology and environment, information technology, information communications, entertainment and gaming, aviation and aerospace
  • you may qualify for additional funding if are a student from an under-represented group, including first-year students, students with disabilities, Indigenous students, new Canadians and women in STEM

What to do

  • apply for a co-op program. If you are already enrolled in a co-op program, you also qualify for this funding
  • speak to your coordinator about the industries that qualify for a wage subsidy and discuss how working for them aligns with your degree program and career objectives
  • apply to pre-qualify as an eligible student through one of the SWPP delivery partners (see SWPP sections on our employer funding page)

Examples of positions that could qualify

These are just a few examples of the wide variety of positions you could work in to qualify for SWPP funding.

  • sales and marketing assistant at a bio-fuels company
  • software engineer at a health technology company
  • laboratory technologist for environmental management at an automotive company
  • research assistant for a biotech, laboratory or environmental firm
  • programmer in the sustainability or bio-economy industries
  • scientist in a laboratory or field setting

Learn more

Contact your co-op coordinator for more information.

If you’re a full-time co-op student at UVic, you can claim certain costs of your relocation for co-op work placements on your income tax. The job location must be more than 40 kilometres from Victoria. 

To claim these costs, complete a T1-M Claim for Moving Expenses Form from Revenue Canada.

  • Community of Science Funding Databaselists over 400,000 funding opportunities worth over $33 billion. You can access this subscription service through any computer on campus
  • International Scholarships Database: a database of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other resources to help you work and study abroad
  • ECO Canada CO-OP Program: provides 50% of wage funding for employers who hire environmental students
  • EDC Youth Education Program: awards up to 30 scholarships annually, 25 of which go to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business. They also offer up to five additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies. An EDC scholarship is worth a $4,000 cash award. The application process starts in November and ends in early February. Scholarships are awarded in spring, and issued in autumn at the start of each academic year.
  • ICTC Work-Integrated Learning Program: (under WIL Digital): under the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program, employers offering quality work-integrated learning placements to PSE students will be eligible to receive wage subsidies through ICTC.
  • ITAC Career Ready Program: current post-secondary students who are studying in the areas of business technology management (BTM), computer science, computer systems technology, computer engineering or alike programs and are in an official work term program qualify for the Career Ready program. The program provides up to 50% (up to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies.
  • Lime Connect scholarships for students with disabilities: Lime Connect hosts a variety of outstanding scholarship programs with their corporate partners in the US and Canada—some of which include a paid internship to get you started on a great career. All scholarships are awarded based on merit, not financial need. You do not need to be registered with disability services/access centres on campus nor do you need to provide proof of disability.
  • DAAD undergraduate scholarship: students going on work terms to Germany can apply to fund their international co-op term. The deadline for application is January 31. You can apply for this funding if you want to go on a work term beginning September or January of the following year

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