Queen Elizabeth Scholars

Join an international network of young leaders creating lasting impacts at home and abroad.

The Building Resilience in Coastal Communities Program, known as Vancouver Island University's BRiCC Knowledge Network, supports experiential learning opportunities and Queen Elizabeth Scholarship funding for students to collaborate on innovative solutions to the pressing issues facing coastal communities in Canada and around the world.

BRiCC Knowledge Network Goals

  1. Improve capacity to foster sustainable economic activity, particularly tourism.
  2. Enhance management of water in coastal zones, including drinking water.
  3. Develop and manage parks and protected areas in or near coastal communities.
  4. Enhance coastal communities’ response to climate change.
  5. Develop sustainable aquatic foods and local agricultural production.

International Partners

Our key partnerships are focused within our three-pillar countries and include Belize (University of Belize & community partners), Tanzania (College of African Wildlife Management) and Canada (Vancouver Island University).

In addition, VIU is partnering with Students Without Borders (SWB) to facilitate additional opportunities for outgoing VIU students to other eligible Commonwealth countries, working within the BRiCC themes.

For VIU students interested in going abroad that would like more information on how to Develop an Internship, please refer to our application section.

Funding for Scholars & Updates for Prospective Applicants

Outbound Scholars: Funding is available for 18 outbound Canadian students from VIU to participate in three-month international field internships with existing partners or organizations between 2018 - 2021 (UPDATE: Project has been extended to 2022).

The application period for the 2021/2022 academic year will be announced in early September 2021.

Inbound Scholars:  We are not accepting applications for incoming graduate scholars.

Between 2016-2019, ten scholarships were given to graduate students from Belize and Tanzania who completed degrees in Sustainable Leisure Management. For more information on our graduate scholars, visit their bios here: https://qes.viu.ca/docs/belizean-and-tanzanian-scholars

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.