What is Queen Elizabeth Scholars for Energy Access?
Managed by AE4H at the University of Waterloo, this program provides scholarships to UW students who complete international internships at social enterprises that are delivering clean energy-enabled solutions in emerging economies. Between 2018 and 2021, approximately 40 students will undertake internships as Queen Elizabeth Scholars for Energy Access. Upon their return to campus, scholars will benefit from a variety of leadership and networking opportunities pertaining to clean energy access through AE4H and our partners.
Our goal is threefold: 1) to deliver eye-opening and career-building international experiences in the energy access sector for UW students, 2) to provide social enterprises in the sector with high calibre student interns that contribute significantly to their mission, and 3) the create a community of QE Scholars that become future innovators, advocates and leaders in the energy access sector.
How does the program work?
AE4H arranges 3-6 international internships in emerging or commonwealth countries prior to every school term (Spring, Fall and Winter). Positions are posted through the WaterlooWorks system and open to students across all faculties. If the position is for 4 months, the successfully placed student will receive a $6000 CDN scholarship in addition to any compensation provided by the employer. The amount will be $8000 CDN in the case of an 8-month position. All scholars will be required to complete a short report by the end of their internship highlighting their work. AE4H will post a compendium of these reports on our website.
Am I eligible?
UW co-op students across all faculties are eligible, as are Masters of Development Practice students on summer internship. Undergraduate students must have completed at least two previous co-op work terms. Only Canadian citizens are eligible to receive the scholarship funding.