Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion International Mobility Award

Expanding access, diversity, and support to SFU's international learning opportunities.

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion International Mobility Award (EDI IMA) is part of the Global Skills Opportunity, funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. The EDI IMA has been created to increase the participation of underrepresented Canadian students (including permanent residents and students with refugee status) in international learning opportunities.

A key feature of this award is that students can apply before or after being approved for one of the eligible international programs. The award allows students to apply for funding up to four terms in advance of a proposed study/work term.

NOTE: The EDI IMA is only a financial assistance award for students. Students still need to secure a co-op placement themselves. Please carefully read the information below.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status as defined by the Government of Canada; 
  • be enrolled full-time (at least 9 SFU units*) in an SFU Bachelor's (undergraduate) degree program in any faculty in the term of eligibility; **  
  • be in good academic standing (a minimum 2.00 CGPA); 
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the program departure date, as required by the Global Skills Opportunities program; and
  • self-identify as one of the following populations: low-income, student with disabilities, or Indigenous student.
  • be accepted and enrolled in an eligible international learning opportunity in the term of eligibility. * 

Eligible International Learning Opportunities:  

  • an International Co-operative Education term or an approved Work Integrated Learning Opportunity (virtual or in-person) administered by SFU Work Integrated Learning; 
  • an SFU Formal Exchange Program or Field School (virtual or in-person), outside of Canada, administered through International Services for Students; 
  • an academic credit-bearing study abroad program approved by the Senate Committee on International Activities; or 
  • an SFU Virtual Global Learning activity in a credit bearing course at SFU.    

* Unless registered with the Center for Accessible Learning (CAL) for a reduced course load. Verification will be required in the term of eligibility for your international learning opportunity.

** In the term that you are accepted/enrolled at SFU for your international learning opportunity 

NOTE: Students are only able to receive funding once (e.g., for Co-op or exchange or field schools). 

SELECTION PROCESS

Award selection is based on meeting eligibility, needs and character-based criteria, and the demonstration of a high desire to learn, rather than your academic standing. See the application site for full details. After the deadline, submitted applications will be reviewed anonymously by the EDI IMA Review Committee. If successful, conditional award nominations will be sent four to six weeks after the deadline for your approved/proposed term and international learning opportunity. You must still meet eligibility and selection requirements for your specific international learning opportunity.

The number of awards funded for each deadline period will depend on the applicant pool.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Create your profile for the EDI IMA with your SFU email address here
Step 2: Review eligibility and selection criteria and begin application
Step 3: Complete and upload a budget worksheet
Step 4: Respond to the application questions
Step 5: Submit application by deadline for earliest program term

NOTE: The application process listed above includes all International Co-op opportunities. 

Please check the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion International Mobility Award website for application deadlines. 

VALUE OF AWARD

Multiple awards will be given to undergraduate students in the following amounts in $CAD. 

  • Virtual programs (1+ weeks): $1,000.00 
  • Short term programs in person (1-4 weeks): $1,000.00- $3,000.00 
  • Medium term programs in person (5-16 weeks): up to $7,000.00 
  • Long term programs in person (17+ weeks): up to $10,000.00

Please contact Nina Inaoka Lee at nina_inaoka_lee@sfu.ca for any questions regarding the EDI IMA

Please contact Amy Lee at icoop@sfu.ca for any questions regarding International Co-op