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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Scholarship

Call for Applications: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships for Advanced Scholars

McMaster University, in partnership with Uganda Christian University (UCU), is operationalising the drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) for maternal health aspect of the overall initiative in East Africa, with a focus on Uganda. The following themes have been identified through a needs assessment activity between McMaster and UCU:

  • The impact of scarce WaSH resources on maternal health;
  • Strengthening the evidence of linkages between poor WaSH and violence against women;
  • To develop a strategy to strengthen the knowledgebase of academics in LMICs in relation to water and maternal health, including for example, library resources and e-learning, monitoring and evaluation; and,
  • To understand and develop reciprocal standards and practices for human subjects’ research ethics clearance(non-biomedical) between UCU and McMaster that adhere to relevant national standards.

About the Program

It is anticipated that Early Career Researcher awards, in particular, will be paired between Canada and Uganda to maximise research opportunities and partnership engagement. Current placement partners (NGOs) include H2O 4 All (Canada), Save the Mothers (Canada), and Save the Mothers (East Africa). However, partnerships may be expanded depending on the particular interests of successful QES-AS applicants.


Only Early Career Researchers and Post-doctoral Fellows are eligible to apply. The QES-AS Handbook uses the following definitions: 

An Early Career Researcher: Scholar is considered an early career researcher, defined as an individual who has completed independent research or has led his/her own laboratory or research project for 4-7 years or is in a tenure-track position at a degree-granting institution.

A Post-doctoral Fellow: Scholar is considered a post-doctoral fellow, defined as an individual who is conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies. Fellows usually work under the mentorship of a lead researcher or a principal investigator.

Canadian scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Be proficient in English;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Participate in community engagement activities in Canada and/or in Uganda;
  • Conduct research on a full-time basis at Uganda Christian University, of which no less than 30% of award time must involve research at the research placement partner (off campus).

Ugandan scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Be proficient in English;
  • Be a citizen of an East African country;
  • Participate in community engagement activities in Canada;
  • Conduct research on a full-time basis at McMaster University, or in another approved LMIC, of which no less than 30% of award time must involve research at the research placement partner (off campus).

All participation is subject to being able to secure the appropriate visas, immunisations, and health insurance.

Funds available can only be used to support research activities. Tuition fees are not eligible under this award. You must be able to commit to a minimum of 90 days in the exchange country (excluding travel time) to be able to access these awards. The awards cover travel (most economical international airfare, airport taxes, visas, medical insurance, immunization and ground transportation), living (accommodation, local transportation, food, and communications), and research (research assistants, resources for the research, computer and laboratory services) expenses. Expenses for dependents are not eligible under these awards. Applicants should direct any further questions of clarification to

Program Requirements

The QES-AS consists of five elements that each scholar accepted into the programme must engage in:

  • University research (partner institution) – a full time research project (70% of your time) with a specific deliverable, such as an academic paper, a research proposal, a white paper, or an innovative pedagogical application.
  • Local placement partner research - at least 30% of the time must be spent working with a local NGO partner organisation in practical, hands-on research. Incoming scholars can conduct their placements in Canada, in their home country, or in another LMIC.
  • Local community engagement – formal or informal application of global experiences / knowledge to enhance the local community, on or off campus. This can be achieved through public speaking, networking, problem-solving, and leadership activities; participation in community events; peer mentoring; cross-cultural exchanges; or, volunteering.
  • Leadership training – develop and identify leadership skills and demonstrate how these skills have been applied QES-AS and contribute to the development of a manual for preparing individuals with essential knowledge for international exchanges.
  • Contribute to development of the QES global network – engage in networking activities, social media, and other opportunities.

Expected deliverables of QES-AS participants include two research deliverables (one university-based and one NGO-based); an activity log that records time spent on activities, a description of the activity, any in-kind or financial support leveraged in order to participate in the activity, role in the activity, impact of participation, and any reflections on the activity. Scholars will submit a Scholar Narrative Report at the end of their QES award reporting on the five elements, supported by the research outputs and activity log.


Applications must be submitted here

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