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Strategic Framework Experiential Learning Fund (SF-ELF)

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Through experiential learning opportunities, UVic students travel, conduct research, train in professional settings, and work in communities.

Experiential learning is an essential part of the UVic student experience. UVic provides financial supports to undergraduate and graduate students to encourage them to pursue practicum, internship and field school opportunities outside of Victoria.

Internships and field schools outside of Victoria

Up to $75,000 in 2023/24 is available to students participating in an internship or field school outside of Victoria and within an academic faculty. Each faculty that has expressed interest will determine how they would like to allocate funding to their students. 

* Applications typically open in March. Please double check with your Dean's office before completing and submitting your application, as your faculty may have a different process.

Deadlines are determined and applications reviewed by the Office of the Dean offering the internship or field school. Recommended stipends are up to $1,000 per domestic placement (i.e., internships and field schools within Canada) and up to $3,000 per international placement but may differ depending on your faculty. 

Practicum placements outside of Victoria

UVic is committed to increasing opportunities for students to participate in practica outside the greater Victoria area (Canadian and international locations). Funding is available to support students in academic units requiring practicum placements (i.e., Education, Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Public Health and Social Policy, Social Work and Clinical Psychology) who have to relocate for practicum placements outside Victoria.

Students in distance or online programs or programs based at one of our partner institutions outside Victoria may also be eligible for travel awards provided they have to relocate outside their home communities for practica.

Students should apply by December 1 for spring term placements (January-June) and June 1 for summer and placements (July-December).

Applications are adjudicated by a panel convened by the Associate Vice-President Academic Programs. Recommended stipends are up to $1,000 per domestic placement (i.e., a practicum within Canada) and up to $3,000 per international placement.

Other experiential learning funding opportunities

Additional funding for experiential learning initiatives are available for instructors, co-op students, and co-op employers. These funds are administered by other units on campus.

Funding for the development and delivery of new or expanded experiential learning opportunities.

This funding is intended to increase experiential learning opportunities through the development of new or expanded field schools, community engaged learning, research internships, and other significant experiential learning opportunities, locally and internationally. It is intended to create additional student opportunities beyond what would otherwise be available in an academic year (and not to provide substitute resources for existing programs). The program may provide funding to:

  • support the development of curricula for a new field school or experiential learning program that is intended to become a regular offering,
  • take advantage of one-off opportunities to provide a field school or other experiential learning opportunity, or
  • expand the capacity of an existing field school or experiential learning program (through increased enrolment or increased frequency).

Total per year allocation = $50,000

Visit LTSI to apply

Funding Plan for a Wage Subsidy Program for Co-operative Education Not-for-Profits placements and Unwaged Entrepreneurial Work Term placements.

Total per year allocation = $93,000 (up to 185 salary subsidies per year at $5,000 per subsidy)

Co-operative Education Placements: Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations travel stipends.

Total per year allocation = $78,000

Visit co-op to apply

Funding Plan for a Wage Subsidy Program for Indigenous Co-operative Education student placements with Indigenous community organizations.

Total per year allocation = $50,000 (up to 10 salary subsidies per year at $5,000 per subsidy)

Funding Plan for the Indigenous International Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Exchange Program.

Total per year allocation = $80,000 (up to 8 exchanges per year at $10,000 per student)

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