International Experience Scholarship

The Faculty of Engineering recognizes the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on internationalization, students’ international mobility and exchange. We realize that even under the current circumstances, when travelling abroad is not possible, the skills and competencies that our students gain from the international experience can still be obtained in a virtual context.

We also recognize that many countries show a high vaccination rate, many academic institutions require that students and visitors have their two doses of the vaccine, foreign travel is possible again and foreign governments have strict entry rules.

With this regard, the Faculty is temporarily changing the approach of the International Experience Scholarship (IES) for the next call for applications. To enhance students’ experience at the University of Ottawa, and offer valuable international experiences, the Faculty of Engineering will provide scholarships on a competitive basis in support of:

  1. in-person international research activities

  2. activities or projects that have an international component without travelling abroad


  • Full-time uOttawa Faculty of Engineering undergraduate or graduate students 
  • Students in their first eight months as undergraduates or in their final term of registration (at any level) are not eligible.
  • Students can only get a single scholarship in support of remote activities and a single scholarship in support of in-person activities throughout their studies at uOttawa.
  • Activities that have already started will not normally be considered for the scholarship.

Number of scholarships available

  • 5 scholarships to support in-person international research activities
  • 15 scholarships to support remote international activities

Maximum award

  • In-person: $6,000
  • Remote: $2,000

Deadline for applications

Monday, November 15, 2021

Eligible activities

In-person activities: International research activities of a significant importance to learning and professional development, forging longer-lasting international connections.

Remote activities: Activity should have an international component without travelling abroad. It should be aiming for a significant and potentially lasting interaction. Eligible activities could be, for instance, a research project of global impact with collaborators from abroad, a virtual internship implementing projects internationally, a virtual exchange, or a collaborative project with other institutions (or students) from outside of Canada of a significant importance to learning and professional development, forging longer-lasting international connections.

Condition for the support of in-person international activities

Students who will be awarded the IES in support on in-person activities would need to go through the exception process currently in place. Apply for an exception and contact

If approved, they must then:

  • Register their travel with the University;
  • Submit their quarantine plan to the University upon their return to Canada;
  • Follow the Government of Canada's instructions for their return to Canada; and
  • Undergo testing for COVID-19 as soon as possible upon their return, as recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

The funds will be transferred only after the awardee submits the confirmation that their request has been approved by the travel safety committee.

Eligible costs

In-person activities: travel expenses, insurance, housing, food, transportation, other living expenses abroad.

Remote activities: Cost of time, program, necessary equipment, supplies, software, spread and implementation of research results.

Evaluation criteria

Relevance of the proposed activity as a meaningful international experience for the student, global component, development of new skills, the outcome/deliverables of the activity and its impact.

Evaluation procedure

The Faculty of Engineering International Office will be responsible for collecting the applications, preparing the documents for the evaluation committee, announcing the results to the candidates, and following up on each funded activity. The evaluation committee will be composed of the Dean, the Vice-Dean Research, the Vice-Dean Graduate Studies and Vice-Dean Undergraduate Studies.

Verification procedure at the end of the activity

In-person activities: Boarding passes (or equivalent documents) and a letter from the foreign institution (or foreign supervisor, etc.) attesting the participation in the planned activities, or some equivalent document no later than 2 weeks on their return to Canada

Remote activities: Report from the students describing what has been achieved and a letter from the collaborative institution (or supervisor, etc.) attesting the participation in the planned activities, or some equivalent document no later than 2 weeks after the finish of the activity.

Students who do not provide such documents will have to refund the amount of the IES scholarship, i.e., it will be charged to their student account.


Applications must include

  • Signed and completed application form: International Experience Scholarship form (PDF, 0.83 MB)
  • a C.V.
  • a transcript (unofficial from uoZone)
  • a letter from a representative of the proposed institution/organization confirming the student’s participation in an international activity remotely or in person
  • letter of support from their uOttawa supervisor
  • any other supporting documents that in student’s opinion would be an asset to the application

All applications, including a signed completed application form and the above-mentioned documents, must be sent to

For additional information, contact the International Affairs Office of the Faculty:

Contact us

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 15, 2021.

International Affairs Office of the Faculty
613-562-5800 ext. 6508

This scholarship is available only to current full-time uOttawa students.


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