President's Grant for International Community Engagement


January 31 at 4:00 p.m.

June 30 at 4:00 p.m.

September 30 at 4:00 p.m.

The President's Grant for International Community Engagement seeks to encourage greater interest in, and understanding of, less developed countries by supporting students who are interested in participating in international development work. The grant will provide up to $5,000 for students to spend an extended period of time (at least 3 months) working in a paid or volunteer role in a developing country.


Eligible participants must be continuing students (undergraduate or graduate) and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must secure a faculty mentor prior to applying. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an existing network or evidence of partnership with the developing country, either through their own involvement or that of their supervising faculty member. 

In addition, the proposed project must have a demonstrable, positive lasting impact on the community involved.  For example:

  • Helping to create new English language curriculum for a community, allowing students to continue learning English after the project is completed.
  • Bringing new medical equipment for a hospital, teaching staff how to operate it, and then leaving the equipment behind for the hospital's continued use after completion of the project.

Application Procedure

All applications must include the following:

  • Application coversheet
  • Proposal outlining the student's interest in and commitment to international work; intended academic or professional outcomes of the project; a description of the placement and the nature of the work to be undertaken, including the nature of the network or partnership; any preparatory activities to be undertaken prior to departure; and the proposed timeline or tenure of the project. (maximum 2 pages)
  • Risk management assessment identifying potential risks and challenges associated with the anticipated international destination as well as the plan and/or steps that will be taken to mitigate the risks. (1 page)
  • Budget detailing the expected costs associated with the project. (1 page)
  • Supervisor statement of support outlining the student's interest in and commitment to the project, as well as an assessment of their capability to succeed. (1 page)

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be judged on the strength of the proposed project, the network within which the applicant will work, the evidence of partnerships within the developing country and the potential for strengthening international networks, and the capability of the student to undertake the project. Successful applicants will be required to submit a report and/or prepare a public presentation for the University community and must be willing to be profiled in University publications.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m on the day of the deadline to the Interntional Centre (attn: Gizelle Tiponut), SU040 Students' Union Building. Applications not received in the International Centre by that date will not be accepted. Late or mislaid applications, whether in campus mail or any other delivery mode, will not be accepted.

Student Testimonial

Sara Bieniada in Burkina Faso