Scholarships and funding opportunities

Several funding options can help you complete your community engagement project.

Gilles G. Patry Student Engagement Fund

This fund was established in 2008 in honour of former University of Ottawa president Dr. Gilles Patry, a champion of community service learning (CSL). It offers awards to those who combine strong academic performance with outstanding service to the community.

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For more information about the Gilles G. Patry Student Engagement Scholarship for Ontario Student Residents and Non-Ontario Student Residents, visit the Online Scholarships and Bursaries database.

Pathy Foundation Fellowship

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an experiential learning opportunity for graduating students who want to become effective agents of change by proposing innovative ideas and working closely with communities to make a sustainable, positive impact in Canada and abroad.

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About this program

The project could be something as small as helping a community set up a sports program in a school or as big as changing a country’s health policy, as long as it can be completed and yield benefits to the community within the proposed time and budget, and it includes equitable partnerships and strong sustainability elements. You could receive up to $40,000 for your project.

Check your eligibility

Learn more about the Pathy Foundation Fellowship, including deadlines, eligibility and the application process. You can also see the Pathy Fellowship FAQ.

For more about the fellowship, email us.

The purpose of each $2,000 award is to provide financial assistance to students to travel to Africa to plan and implement their own community service initiatives or to participate in field courses or unpaid CO-OP placements.

Note: The community service work can’t be in an African country, where there’s a Government of Canada  “Avoid non-essential travel” advisory.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students carrying out community service in the following Latin American countries: Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. 

Deadlines to apply: