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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.

Connection to International Partners

Our partnerships are far reaching among our three pillar countries and associated biosphere regions: the University of Belize (Belize), the College of African Wildlife Management (Tanzania) and Vancouver Island University (Canada).

Opportunities are also available in other QES eligible countries, working within the BRiCC themes. These may include: Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Viet Nam, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania. These would be facilitated in collaboration with Students Without Borders (SWB).

Funding for Scholars

Outbound Scholars: Funding is available for 20 outbound Canadian students from VIU to participate in three month international field internships with existing partners or organizations between 2018 - 2021.  The new application packages will be available in September 2018, with a deadline to apply in late Fall 2018.  

Inbound Scholars: Scholarships will be distributed to three inbound master's degree seeking students from our partners in Belize and Tanzania to complete their degrees at VIU, as well as three inbound short-term scholars from QES eligible countries for research placements at VIU Centres & Institutes, between 2018 - 2021.

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.

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  • August 27, 2018

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  • Lainy Nowak Studies Resilience in Christchurch, New Zealand
    August 20, 2018

    Christchurch is a coastal city situated on a major fault line, at risk of tsunami and susceptible to sea level rise caused by climate change. These characteristics could describe countless cities...

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