Students for Canada’s North

Students for Canada’s North (SCN) cultivates opportunities for students to participate in service learning projects that respond to community needs and aim to bring about positive change in Northern and Aboriginal communities.

This two-year pilot project is funded by Marvelle and Murray Koffler and the Alex Trebek Innovation and Challenge Fund and runs from December 2012 to November 2014.

SCN Call for Proposals

Community Partners (including non-profit organizations, government agencies and services, social enterprises and other groups, preferably located in Northern Canada), uOttawa students and uOttawa professors are invited to submit project proposals to SCN.

  • Duration: Projects may last up to six months.
  • Funding amount: Funding varies depending on the length of the project and the number of students involved. Funding covers both project costs and student living expenses.Please see past projects for examples of funding awarded in the past.
  • Deadlines for submission: September 30, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
  • Student involvement: Projects must involve at least one uOttawa student. To minimize students feeling isolated, we recommend projects in remote communities involve at least two uOttawa students. Preference will be given to projects that also involve high school students or recent graduates from the community where the project is being carried out.

 Application process

Applications are to clearly demonstrate how the project meets the SCN selection criteria and must include:

  1. A completed SCN Application Form
  2. Detailed budgets for all student participants and any uOttawa professors involved
  3. A two-page project proposal outlining:
    • The project context – Where will the project take place? What are the community’s assets and needs?
    • Project objectives and activities – What are the goals of the project? How will these goals be achieved? Be sure to explain how project activities will respond to the needs of the community.
    • Student involvement – How many students will be involved? What will their role(s) be? What do you expect students will learn through their involvement in the project?
    • Community Partner capacity and commitment – Does the Community Partner have the staff required to support the project and appropriately supervise students? Will participants have access to adequate services, equipment space and accommodations in the community?
    • Expected results – What are the expected outputs and outcomes of this project? Who will benefit from this project?

Project proposals must be signed by a Community Partner representative on organization letterhead to confirm the Community Partner’s commitment and its willingness to collaborate on the project.

4. When the project is submitted by a uOttawa student, a letter of recommendation or support from one of their professors who supports the project and can attest to the applicant’s ability to undertake the community engagement or community service learning activities. Your professor must send your letter of recommendation via email to the STUDENTS FOR CANADA’S NORTH selection committee (servingothers@uottawa.ca). (Indicate “STUDENTS for CANADA’S NORTH” in the subject line).

Applications will be evaluated by the SCN selection committee. Applicants whose projects are selected for funding will be notified by email. Funding is then contingent on project participants signing an agreement with the uOttawa Centre for Global and Community Engagement , including agreeing to submit a project report within 60 days of project completion.

Timelines

First round of funding 2013-2014

    • July to September 14, 2013
      Applicants may submit draft project proposals to the SCN project team. Applicants can expect to receive feedback on their draft proposal two weeks after having submitted it.
    • September 30, 2013
      Deadline for submitting complete application packages (including application form, budgets and two-page project proposal).
    • October 24, 2013
      Applicants are notified whether their projects are being funded.

Second round of funding 2013-2014

    • November 2013 to February 14, 2014
      Applicants may submit draft project proposals to the SCN project team.  Applicants can expect to receive feedback on their draft proposal two weeks after having submitted it.
    • February 28, 2014
      Deadline for submitting complete application packages (including application form, budgets and two-page project proposal).
    • March 15, 2014
      Applicants are notified whether their projects are being funded.

How to submit your application

Send the required documents to the SCN project team. If you are submitting your application by email or fax, please indicate “SCN Project Proposal” in the subject line.

Email:
servingothers@uOttawa.ca

Fax: 
(613) 562-5285

Mail: 
Centre for Global and Community Engagement
550 Cumberland (304)
Ottawa ON  K1N 6N5

We encourage all interested parties to call the SCN project team at 613-582-5800, ext. 5945, to discuss possible projects.

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