Graduate Scholarships for Belizean and Tanzanian Students

VIU will be funding a total of three (3) scholarships to begin in Fall 2019 to support Belizean and Tanzanian graduate students to pursue studies at VIU related to the program theme of Building Resilience in Coastal Communities. Scholars will receive funding to cover tuition, living and travel expenses to pursue a VIU Master's Degree in an eligible discipline.

The scholarships represent a unique opportunity for experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand research or field work experience in an international context.

Participants in the program will also be expected to contribute to the growing Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee “Community of Scholars” through disseminating findings, networking, making presentations, organizing or participating in national and local events, mentoring other Scholars, and actively and creatively supporting the success of the BRiCC Program.

In order to be eligible to participate in these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Belizean or Tanzanian citizen
  • Not be a Canadian citizen, nor applying for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Be 35 years of age or under at the time of application
  • Be fluent in written and oral English
  • Have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Meet the entry requirements for the VIU Master’s degree program to which you are applying
  • Pursue a program of study that is directly related to the BRiCC themes
  • Commit to completing all requirements and activities related to the Building Resilience in Coastal Communities Program.
  • Reside in Canada for the entire duration of the planned Master’s program (field research may take place in Belize or Tanzania)
  • Return to Belize or Tanzania after the completion of the Master’s Program for a minimum period of two (2) years to apply the knowledge and skills you have obtained at VIU and contribute to the social or economic development in your home country.

See Terms and Conditions in the Application Package for more details.

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Financial Contribution from the QE Scholarship

The QE Scholarship will cover the Scholar’s costs of:

  • VIU tuition fees for the minimum number of semesters required to complete the Master’s program
  • VIU student fees
  • Required textbooks (to a maximum of $600 CAD per year)
  • One (1) return economy airfare to Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Entry visa application fee
  • Applicable emergency travel/basic/extended health insurance as required by VIU, the province of British Columbia and the VIU Students Union.
  • A one-time arrival allowance of $600 CAD to cover start-up costs
  • A one-time clothing allowance of $350 CAD
  • A living allowance of $1,250 CAD per month for each consecutive month of the full-time studies in Canada, limited to the minimum duration of the program.

The total value of the scholarship will depend on the program you are entering and individual circumstances related to the above.

Financial Contribution from the Scholar

Scholars are responsible for their personal expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Cellular telephone, Internet, telephone or television services and charges
  • Personal items, including clothing (except clothing allowance above)
  • Cosmetics, medications, prescriptions, medical expenses not covered by their medical insurance plan
  • Ground transportation costs while in Canada
  • Recreational or social activities
  • Memberships, including associations, groups or clubs
  • Vacation and additional international trips

See Terms and Conditions in the Application Package for more details.

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VIU is currently accepting applications from qualified Belizean and Tanzanian scholars for studies beginning in September 2019 in the following programs:

Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management
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Master of Education in Educational Leadership  
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Masters in Education – Special Education
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Master of Community Planning  
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Part 1: Apply for admission to an eligible VIU Graduate Program.

To be considered for a QES Scholarship, Inbound Master’s Degree applicants must apply and gain admission to an eligible VIU Graduate Program. See the VIU Program of Study for admission requirements. NOTE: Your admission application must be accompanied by a $150 program application fee before it will be processed.

Part 2: Apply for QES Scholarship funding.

Applicants must also submit a complete QES Scholarship application.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for both the VIU Graduate Program and QES Scholarship has passed and applications are now closed. Announcements: Applicants will be notified of the admission and scholarship decisions by: Friday, March 8, 2019 (4:00 p.m.) PST

QES Scholarship Application Package

Please complete and submit the Application Package, along with the following:

  • An up-to-date resume (2 page maximum)
  • University transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Letter of Support from a (Belizean, Tanzanian, Canadian, or other) community organization with whom you have experience working in the BRiCC theme areas

See Application Package for complete application instructions.


  1. Please send an email to indicating your intention to submit an application as soon as possible.
  2. Please submit a complete Application Package to by Friday, February 1 at 4:00 p.mPST.
  3. All supporting documents must be received by the application deadline.

Late applications will not be accepted. We thank everyone for their applications.

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Relevance of research interests or proposed studies to one or more of the 5 theme areas of BRICC30%
Demonstration of linkages between the proposed studies or research within the BRiCC themes, and the applicant's career goals20%
Relevance of the proposed studies to recognized national strategies or plans in Belize or Tanzania related to the 5 BRICC themes10%
Relevance of the proposed studies to the mandate, activities or plans of an organization in Belize or Tanzania working on the 5 BRICC themes10%
Applicant's demonstrated past involvement in activities related to one or more of the 5 BRICC themes10%
Applicant's description of relevance to Vancouver Island and/or other coastal communities across the Commonwealth10%
Academic Grades10%
*Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships are not awarded on the basis of financial need. 
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