Last Updated: Thursday, October 04, 2012 12:53:59 PM ET
Must be between 18-29 years old at the time of application
Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
Must be either a full-time currently enrolled Queen’s Undergraduate student who will graduate in the 2012-2013 academic year (in fall 2012, winter 2013 or spring/summer 2013), or a Queen’s Graduate student currently in a full-time Masters program applying for a sabbatical year or for a post-graduation project(by approval of Graduate Studies and Supervisor.)Please note: this is NOT a Research Fellowship
Must be in good academic standing at time of application
Proposed projects must take place in international locations.Project locations in Canada will not be considered
Project location must be DFAIT warning free (must be at Levels 1 or 2)
If the proposed project community is in a remote setting far from partner support services, it is recommended that two students would be selected to apply to travel to the site for heath and safety reasons.However, if students were to go together, it would be a joint project between the two, and they would only receive ONE Fellowship award for the proposed project
Duration of Fellowship
Fellows must spend a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 12 months working in the field on their project
Funding per Fellowship
Applicants are required to submit a detailed budget outline with their application, and may request funding of up to $30 000 for a 12 month fellowship, and up to $20 000 for an 8 month Fellowship
Must be a student-led initiative
Ideas can also be identified by students while in the field working with a community through their academic program, through academic research while in Canada or from the database of potential project ideas that have been identified by past Fellows and other students while working in the field
Must address an articulated community need
It is required that the scope and goals are feasible, and the budget and timeline are realistic
Must be supported by local organization(s) (profit or non-profit), or community leaders, although the organization is not intended to be the sole beneficiary of the work. The community and people are to be the primary beneficiaries throughout these action-based, community change projects
Focuses on the potential sustainability of the project beyond the life of the Fellowship
Must be a new or improved idea for the community and/or the sponsoring organization, and will create positive social change
Tangible and clear change must be intended by the end of the project
Special consideration will be given to innovative and/or entrepreneurial projects
Applicants must submit a 3-minute application video with their application package.
Selection Criteria – the applicant should:
Preferably be able to speak the language of the host country, or show a willingness and plan to obtain the necessary language skills in order to adapt and work well in the context of the project.
Demonstrate the ability to integrate into the project community (this may be illustrated through prior experience or travel in the community where the project will take place, or if the applicant has lived in a similar situation in another community)
Demonstrate leadership skills, initiative and drive to bring their project to fruition
Have (or will have) the appropriate training and/or experience to implement his/her project as well as the knowledge on and capacity to deal with the topic of the proposed project
Have effective communication skills (verbal/written) for proposed work with the community
Demonstrated international experience and familiarity with cross-cultural issues will be considered an asset
Preferably demonstrate present or prior involvement in volunteer/service learningactivities
Please Note: Once selected, applicants are required to request General Research Ethics Board approval from Queen's University prior to the start of the project.
Please Note: This is a fellowship and you will no longer be a student, meaning that this is considered taxable income. While you will not be taxed at source when you receive the fellowship funds, you will be taxed in your personal income taxes for the amount you have received. Please refer to Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for more information.