Explore funding opportunities

Jessica Round
Jessica Round (biochemistry and microbiology) received Graham Branton funding to work for the International Christian Medical Institute in Mukono Town, Uganda.

Several funding options may be available as you explore potential co-op jobs or experiential opportunities.

TIP: Also check out funding opportunities for employers—these could help your potential employer hire a student.

AbeBooks International Co-op Award

This $600 grant is awarded to a business or computer science co-op student embarking on an international work term.

To apply, download the criteria and application form and follow the instructions.

The application deadline is the first Wednesday of December each year.

Graham Branton Co-op Endowment Fund

Registered co-op students are eligible for funding through the Graham Branton Co-op Endowment Fund, which supports student placements—usually international ones in developing countries—that provide excellent learning opportunities but little remuneration. The fund was established in 1996 in memory of Dr. Graham Branton, who was instrumental in the growth of the UVic Co-op Program.

How to apply

Application deadline

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.

Joyce Clearihue Undergraduate Scholarship

One or more scholarships per year are awarded to undergraduate students who completed a co-op work term that involved the restoration and preservation of forests. Students must have completed this work term in the academic year (May to April) prior to the disbursement of the scholarship. Nominations are made by the Co-op Program and preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need. Learn more about this opportunity.

President's Asia Partners Fund

This funding supports students undertaking co-op work terms or internships in the Asia-Pacific region as part of their UVic degree. It aims to allow students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in rich and meaningful experiential learning opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Four grants of $3,125 from this fund are available each year. Applicants should not rely on this fund as the only source of support for their placement. 

Selection criteria

  • Location of worksite
  • The learning opportunity the placement will provide
  • Relevance to the student’s area of study
  • Relevance to the student’s career aspirations
  • The student’s academic grade point average
  • Level of remuneration from the employer
  • Level of student’s financial need

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

President's Excellence Fund – For co-op work terms elsewhere in Canada

This funding supports UVic co-op students going on co-op work terms elsewhere in Canada. It aims to provide travel funds to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in rich and meaningful work term opportunities located outside the local Victoria region.

Seven grants of $1,000 from this fund are available each year. Applicants should not rely on this fund as the only source of support for their placement. 

Selection criteria

  • Location of worksite
  • The learning opportunity the placement will provide
  • Relevance to the student’s area of study
  • Relevance to the student’s career aspirations
  • The student’s academic grade point average
  • Level of remuneration from the employer
  • Level of student’s financial need

Application deadline

Applications will only be accepted in the term before the co-op work 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

President's Excellence Fund – For co-op work terms/internships with non-profit organizations elsewhere in Canada

This funding supports students undertaking co-op work terms or internships at non-profit organizations elsewhere in Canada as part of their UVic degree. It aims to provide travel funds to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in rich and meaningful community-based experiential learning opportunities located outside the local Victoria region.

Seven grants of $1,000 from this fund are available each year. Applicants should not rely on this fund as the only source of support for their placement.

Selection criteria

  • Location of worksite
  • The learning opportunity the placement will provide
  • Relevance to the student’s area of study
  • Relevance to the student’s career aspirations
  • The student’s academic grade point average
  • Level of remuneration from the employer
  • Level of student’s financial need

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

President's Excellence Fund – For experiential learning elsewhere in Canada

This funding support UVic students undertaking approved experiential learning opportunities elsewhere in Canada as part of their UVic degree. It aims to provide travel funds to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in rich and meaningful experiential learning opportunities located outside the local Victoria region.

Seven grants of $1,000 from this fund are available each year. Applicants should not rely on this fund as the only source of support for their experiential learning opportunity.

Selection criteria

  • Location of worksite
  • The learning opportunity the placement will provide
  • Relevance to the student’s area of study
  • Relevance to the student’s career aspirations
  • The student’s academic grade point average
  • Level of remuneration from the employer
  • Level of student’s financial need

Application deadline

Applications will only be accepted in the term before the experiential learning 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

Thouvenelle Co-op Scholarship

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

NEW: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)

Through SWILP, 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. SWILP 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, and many more
  • 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 SWILP delivery partners (see SWILP sections on our employer funding page)

Examples of positions that could qualify

This is just a few examples of the wide variety of positions you could work in to qualify for SWILP funding.

  • Sales and marketing assistant at a biofuels 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 or Jennie Nilsson (jnilsson@uvic.ca) for more information.

Moving expenses

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.

UVic funding

UVic offers several funding opportunities. Contact the following offices for additional information:

1) International Student Services offers the following:

  • Student International Activities Fund
  • One World Scholarships and Pacific Horizons Scholarships
  • Information on other grants is also available

2) Student Awards and Financial Aid can help you look into funding options offered by UVic, including grants, prizes, scholarships and bursaries. They can also point you in the right direction to find external sources of financial aid.

Government funding

Other funding

  • Community of Science Funding Database: Lists over 400,000 funding opportunities worth over $33 billion. Students at UVic 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, with up to 5 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 outanding 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—and students do not need to be registered with disability services/access centres on campus nor do they 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. Deadline for application is January 31. Students wanting to go on a work term beginning September or January of the following year can apply for this funding.