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.

Strategic Framework Experiential Learning Fund (SF-ELF)

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

SF-ELF funding for co-op students

Co-operative Education Travel Awards for Work Terms in Canada but outside Victoria

If you're a UVic student 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 will provide 15 for-profit travel subsidies and 35 not-for-profit travel subsidies per year.

Who can apply

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students undertaking 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. The deadline for each term will be 4:30 p.m. on the 15th day of the second month of the term of the placement.

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

Co-operative Education Travel Awards for Work Terms with Not-For-Profits outside Canada

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.

How to apply

If you've been placed at or are exploring placement opportunities for 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 will include location of work term, remuneration 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.

Co-operative Education Travel Awards for the Indigenous International Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Exchange Program

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.

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.

Co-operative Education Wage Subsidy Program for Entrepreneurial Work Terms

Who can apply

If you're formally registered in an approved entrepreneurial co-op work term, you may be eligible for this grant, which will provide 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 LEAN CANVAS and entrepreneurial work term subsidy application form.

Submissions must be made to the co-op manager in your area of study:

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 are applying in the SAME TERM that you are registered for an entrepreneurial work term, the deadline is 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday of the second month in that term.

  • Students going on a summer work term (May to August) must apply by the second Wednesday in June
  • Students going on a fall work term (September to December) must apply by the second Wednesday in October
  • Students going on a spring work term (January to April) must apply by the second Wednesday in February 

If you applying in the term BEFORE the term when you will be registered for an entrepreneurial work term, the deadline is 4:30 p.m. PST on the second Wednesday of the second month of the term before your registered work term.

  • Students going on a fall work term (September to December)must apply by the second Wednesday in June
  • Students going on a spring work term (January to April) must apply by the second Wednesday in October
  • Students going on a summer work term (May to August) must apply by the second Wednesday in February

SF-ELF funding for co-op employers

Co-operative Education Not-For-Profit Wage Subsidy Program

Who can apply

Through this funding, employer organizations who hold charity or not-for-profit status may be eligible for a wage subsidy to cover a portion of the cost of hiring a co-op student for a co-op work term (up to a maxiumum of $5,000).

Half of the funding will be provided to the employer at the end of the first month of the work term. The rest of the funding will be provided after the employer has completed the final competency assessment.

How to apply

  • Not-for-profit organizations must work with their UVic co-op coordinator to review the guidelines and discuss eligibility (outlined on the application form)
  • If eligible, not-for-profit organizations will complete the application form together with their co-op coordinator
  • The co-op coordinator will then submit the application for consideration

When to apply

The application deadline varies per term.

  • January - April work terms: 4:30 p.m. on November 1 (extended to December 1 for 2019)
  • May - August work terms: 4:30 p.m. on March 1
  • September - December work terms: 4:30 p.m. on July 1

Indigenous Co-operative Education Wage Subsidy Program

Who can apply

Through this funding, Indigenous community organizations may be eligible for a wage subsidy to cover a portion of the cost of hiring a co-op student for a co-op work term (up to a maxiumum of $5,000).

Half of the funding will be provided to the employer at the end of the first month of the work term. The rest of the funding will be provided after the employer has completed the final competency assessment.

How to apply

  • Indigenous community organizations must work with their UVic co-op coordinator to review the guidelines and discuss eligibility (outlined on the application form)
  • If eligible, Indigenous community organizations must complete the application form together with their co-op coordinator
  • The co-op coordinator will submit the application for consideration

When to apply

The application deadline varies per term.

  • January - April work terms: 4:30 p.m. on 4:30 p.m. on November 1 (extended to December 1 for 2019)
  • May - August work terms: 4:30 p.m. on March 1
  • September - December work terms: 4:30 p.m. on July 1

SF-ELF funding for Indigenous co-op students and co-op employers

Indigenous Co-operative Education Wage Subsidy Program

Who can apply

Through this funding, Indigenous community organizations may be eligible for a wage subsidy to cover a portion of cost of hiring a co-op student for a co-op work term (up to a maxiumum $5,000).

Half of the funding will be provided to the employer at the end of the first month of the work term. The rest of the funding will be provided after the employer has completed the final competency assessment.

How to apply

  • Indigenous community organizations must work with their UVic co-op coordinator to review the guidelines and discuss eligibility (outlined on the application form)
  • If eligible, Indigenous community organizations must complete complete the application form together with their co-op coordinator
  • The co-op coordinator will submit the application for consideration

When to apply

The application deadline varies per term.

  • January - April work terms: 4:30 p.m. on December 1
  • May - August work terms: 4:30 p.m. on March 1
  • September - December work terms: 4:30 p.m. on August 31, 2019

Co-operative Education Travel Awards for the Indigenous International Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Exchange Program

Who qualifies?

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

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.

SF-ELF funding for internship, field school and practica students

In addition to the co-op SF-ELF funding above, here are several other funding opportunities for students. You can also find this information here.

Funding for students for internships and field schools outside of Victoria

A total of $55,000 in 2019/20 and $75,000 per year for 2020/21 and 2021/22 is available to UVic faculties to distribute to students* participating in an internship program or field school outside of Greater Victoria.

For example, students can receive up to $1,000 for Canadian opportunities and up to $3,000 for international opportunities. All funds must be used by March 31 and cannot be used to cover tuition fees.

Selection will be based on the nature and relevance of the internship/field school, the applicant's GPA, and the applicant's financial need.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are attending internships or field schools outside of Victoria as part of their degree program.

For details, download the application package.

* Funding for students in the Faculty of Humanities will be divided evenly among UVic students registered in summer field schools run by the faculty. Please contact for further details and do not complete the application.

Funding for students for practica placements outside of Victoria

A total of $20,000 in 2019/20 and $22,000 per year for 2020/21 and 2021/22 is available to students participating in a practicum placement outside of Greater Victoria. These are primarily for Faculty of Education and Human and Social Development students.

Selection will be based on the nature and relevance of the practicum placement, the applicant's GPA, and the applicant's financial need.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are participating in practicum placements outside of Victoria as part of their degree program.

Application deadlines are Nov. 15 (for spring placements), March 15 (for summer placements) and July 15 (for fall placements). 

For details, download the application package.

Please note: the deadline for SF-ELF applications for spring 2020 placements has been extended to December 9, 2019. 

Other UVic co-op funding and scholarships

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.

Application requirements

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

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 the Joyce Clearihue Undergraduate Scholarship.

Joyce Clearihue Graduate Scholarship

One or more scholarships are awarded to graduate students who completed a co-op term that involved the restoration and preservation of forests.

Eligible students will have completed the co-op work term in the graduate academic year (September to August) prior to the disbursement of the scholarship. Preference will be given to students 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.

Peninsula Co-op Dr. Ian MacPherson Memorial 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.

     

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 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

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.

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 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.