Africa Community Service Fund (722200102774)



                                           Africa Community Service Fund


The fund is established by the University of Ottawa in support of the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement, which allows the university community to play an active role in the local, national or international community. Contributions from alumni and friends of the University provide the resources necessary for the fund to accomplish its goal. Major contributors to the fund include Marc Sylvain and the Destination 2020 Matching Fund.


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 COOP placements.

Note : Community service activities cannot be implemented in an African country where Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada have issued an ‘avoid non-essential travel’ advisory.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a person with the protected/refugee status;

2. be registered as a full-time or part-time student in an undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa; and

3. travel to Africa to carry out a future community service project or participate in a field work course that has a community service component of benefit to the community in which it takes place or participate in an unpaid COOP placement.

Value of the award: $2,000

Number of awards: Variable

Frequency of the award: Bi-annual, when possible

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Application contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline: October 31


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include:

1. a 500-word letter from the applicant that includes:

a. a summary of the future community service activities to be undertaken including clarification of how the community service responds to community needs and helps the student further his/her skills and/or leadership

b. a summary of his/her community engagement activities carried out to date

c. a short budget outlining the total travel costs and funds already raised for the trip and what is the amount of the shortfall to be covered;

2. the Curriculum Vitae on Online Scholarships and Bursaries;

3. a copy of the applicant’s co-curricular records (if applicable); and

4. two letters of recommendation from members of the University faculty who know the applicant. If the trip is part of a credited course, one of the letters should come from the professor organizing the field course.