The deadline is February 29, 2016 (for Sept 2016 or January 2017 start date).
The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships aim to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through inter-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.
Through this program, we are pleased to invite applications from outstanding students from India and Commonwealth countries in Africa to undertake the M.Sc. degree in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Applications must propose a research project focused on forests and secure the commitment of a faculty member in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC willing to supervise them. Projects will ideally be undertaken in cooperation with one of our international partners.
The total value of the scholarship is: ($C1,500 month x 24) for living expenses, (max C$2,100) for airfare, 2-year tuition (currently C$8,108.36/year) and student fees (currently $1,079/year including iMED and extended health care fee); the scholarship may be held for a maximum of two years.
Scholars must be 35 years of age or under at the time of application
Scholars must be Commonwealth country citizens (but not Canadian). Anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible
Scholars must agree to return to their home country and sign a form to the effect as part of their acceptance of the award
Scholars must meet Canadian university’s language requirements
Scholars must participate in community engagement activities in Canada
To apply for this scholarship, you must submit the 4 documents listed below and complete an application to the MSc program in Forestry including all official supporting documents. The documents required are:
1) Cover letter outlining your motivation for applying for the fellowship.
2) One page research proposal.
3) Letter of support from proposed supervisor at UBC, outlining their support for your application and proposed research, as well as any matching funds that they will provide.
4) Letter of support from partnering institution in India or Commonwealth countries in Africa (optional but strongly encouraged).
Submit these documents listed above to Dan.Naidu@ubc.ca
In addition, you must complete an application to the MSc program in Forestry including all official supporting documents. Please ensure you meet our minimum admission requirements before applying.
5) Online Application form. The current Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies application fee is currently $153 for international applicants. Application fees are non-refundable. Some international applicants may be eligible for an application fee waiver.
6) Two (2) official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Important to Note: UBC graduate program applications are in the process of transitioning to a digital system for submitting transcripts. However, UBC Forestry still requires paper academic documents for all 2016 application files.
In order to be considered official by UBC, transcripts must be submitted from the issuing institution in endorsed, sealed envelopes to our contact address.
Please ensure that you carefully read our document submission procedures before you order your transcripts: International Transcript submission procedures (including degree certificates and translations).
7) Three reference letters References may submitted either through our electronic submission system (part of your online application), or a hard copy may be submitted to our office in a sealed envelope endorsed by the referee. Please refer to this link for complete details. Reference letters cannot be submitted via email. Your prospective supervisor cannot be one of your referees.
8) Letter of Intent that describes your academic and career goals, and research interests. This document may be submitted either through our electronic submission system (part of your online application). Refer to this link for tips on writing your letter of intent.
9) Résumé Provide a summary of your academic, work and volunteer history. This document may be submitted either through our electronic submission system (part of your online application).
10) English Language Proficiency Applicants whose prior degree is from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide official results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.
Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your program application and the results must be sent to UBC directly from the testing agency. TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE are considered acceptable tests; you may refer to the UBC Grad Studies page for a complete list of acceptable testing agencies.
The minimum TOEFL internet-based score required for a Forestry graduate program application is 100.
For IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (NOT general) test.
If you plan on taking an English proficiency test with a different testing agency, please contact us for information on the minimum test score required.
Please note that at UBC, minimum test scores vary from program to program. Forestry’s minimum language score requirements are higher than the minimums listed by Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
If you completed your degree credential in a non-English speaking country but your university’s primary language of instruction is English, we require an official letter from the University Registrar to confirm this. In such cases you may be exempted from language testing.
The GRE is not required for admission to a graduate program in the Faculty of Forestry.
Please do not submit academic records that are not in sealed and endorsed envelopes. Unofficial documentation will NOT be accepted and will only delay the processing of your application.
Note that you are required to pay for the application fee for applying to UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, unless your country of origin is listed here.
The scholarships will be awarded for up to two years of a master’s degree. Scholars must be in good academic standing in order for the award to be renewed the second year.
Scholars must reside in Canada throughout the period of study and commit to their studies on a full-time basis while at the Canadian university
Successful candidates will join a network of Queen Elizabeth scholars at UBC and across Canada and the Commonwealth. They will be expected to engage in local community work in Vancouver, share their experiences broadly at their home and partner institutions, participate in network events, and mentor future participants. Opportunities for professional development will also be available.
Scholars will be expecting to engage in local volunteer community work in Vancouver. Scholars will be expected to share their experiences and engage with the QES network, which may include the following activities:
Writing a short article about their experience for the Faculty of Forestry publications
Participating in community outreach activities (e.g., department seminars, graduate research symposium)
Mentoring future QES Scholars
The deadline is February 29, 2016 (for Sept 2016 or January 2017 start date). Scholarship questions should be directed to Dan Naidu (Dan.Naidu@ubc.ca).
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