Outgoing Scholarship Opportunities

Outgoing Scholars CAPI
Graffiti in Melbourne captured by Crossing Borders Outgoing Scholar Alex Lloyd

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact for more details.

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

Placements include a pre-departure orientation, 3-6 months overseas research project and community engagement activities. 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 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, graduate students symposia, and workshops) and contribute to the growing Canada-wide community of QE scholars. 

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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. 
  • post at least three blogs or podcasts throughout their overseas placement, focusing on a social issue connected to their research. 
  • submit a Capstone project, summarizing their research and building on their blogs and podcasts. The Capstone project is due 2 months after the end of the overseas placement and will highlight the scholar’s changing perspectives and/or understandings of the key social issue identified.
  • complete narrative reports before, during and after their placements.
  • host a public engagement activity in the term following the overseas placement.  
  • act as a mentor for the next outgoing QES cohort. 


Scholars will receive $6,000 CAD to contribute to living expenses while in the country of research (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.), travel insurance (approximately $200 CAD for 3 months), and course-enrolment fees. 

Program Timeline

The below is a general outline. Applications accepted on a rolling basis so dates may change. 




Positions posted

22 November 2017

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

31 January 2018

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


Application deadline

Incomplete applications will not be considered.




Letters of offer sent to scholars selected


Signing contracts, paperwork and preparation for orientation and placements

prior to departure

Submission of proof of ethics application

prior to departure

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


Minimum 3 month overseas placement

2 months post placement

Deadline to submit final Capstone project

term following placement

Community engagement piece


Supporting future CAPI interns and scholars

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) of current and past degrees
  • a letter of support from your 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 rfila@uvic.ca. 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 – Your Name - UVic transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in CAPI's Scholarship Program. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 


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

  • Robyn Fila (Program Manager) by email at rfila@uvic.ca or phone at 250.721.7022