Community-Engaged Learning

Students in Community: Engaging Meaningfully

Funding Opportunity for Student-Community Engaged Research and Projects

Funded by CEWIL Canada and coordinated by the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Office 


Are you a student doing curricular community-engaged research* in the the Fall 2023 semester?

*graduate or honours thesis

community-based course

self-directed study and/or creative

endeavour with community

This program can support your community-engaged research and projects in the following ways:

  • $1200 for you, the student
  • up to $500 honorarium for your community partner
  • Workshops tailored for community-engaged students at any stage in their research
  • Being part of a cohort with like-minded peers and inspiring community leaders
  • Showcasing your work publicly at our Final CELebration event

Program is full!

Students in Community: Engaging Meaningfully with Reciprocity and Respect

Learning to do community-engaged projects and to collaboratively question and address the issues of our time can be daunting. This initiative provides support for these experiences.

Artist's painting of a cedar tree on the left with the ocean and an orca whale in the front, then background of a sun overtop of mountains

Artwork by Megan Noelle for the Community-Engaged Learning Office

Eligibility requirements

    • Graduate students and upper-level Undergraduate students enrolled (Sept-Dec 2023) in a community-engaged course or thesis
    • There are no grade/GPA requirements to apply
    • Due to funder restrictions, international students are not eligible for this program
    • International community partners are not eligible as a “Community Partner” unless they have a Canadian Office
    • International partners are not eligible as a “community partner” unless they have a Canadian Office


Email if you are unsure whether you qualify

 Requirements for Funded Participants

Should you be accepted into this program, your obligations would be to:

    • Register for a BrightSpace course that will house relevant resources and a discussion forum
    • Complete (or have completed) the asynchronous Tri-Council Course on Research Ethics certification
    • Participate in two peer-mentorship sessions
    • Attend at least two out of seven workshops*: 1) reflective practice in research with the Community-Engaged Learning Office; 2) knowledge mobilization with faculty from UVic; 3) foundations in community-based research with the Community-Engaged Learning Office; 4) anti-stigma training with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness; 5) Indigenous Research Principles with CIRCLE; 6) Arts-based Reflection and Research and 7) Funding Community Collaborations
    • Share your experience with a visual, spoken, written, recorded, etc. reflection at the Final CELebration**
    • Complete an end-of-program online evaluation.


*Please note: There is a mix of online and in-person workshops, which will factor into the workshops available to students who do not live on the South Island. We suggest students attend more than two workshops but the minimum requirement is two workshops.

**Please note: The Final CELebration is an in-person info-fair event that will be held in December. For funded students who are unable to make this event, they will still need to participate by sending us their contribution to the event for the CEL Office to showcase.   


Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the grant worth?

Students receive $1200 to support their community-engaged research and their community partner will also receive an honorarium, up to $500.

What would my obligations be if I accept an offer for a grant?


Your obligations would be:

  1. Register for the BrightSpace course which will house community-engaged research resources.
  2. Complete (or have completed) the Tri-Council Course on Research Ethics (about two hours)
  3. Participate in two peer-mentorship sessions
  4. Attend 2 out of 7 workshops (2 hours each) offered over the term.
    1. Reflective practice
    2. Foundations in Community-Based Research
    3. Knowledge Mobilization
    4. Anti-stigma training
    5. Arts-based Reflection and Research
    6. Indigenous Research Principles
    7. Funding Community Collaborations
  5. Share a project reflection (we will support you on how this can be done) at our Final Celebration
  6. Complete an end-of-program online evaluation.

What counts as "community"?

Community is broadly defined. It includes on- and off-campus partners. See the CEL website for examples of community-based projects. Contact us ( if you are unsure about your situation. Due to funder restrictions, community partners in this program can only be domestic and not international (unless they have a Canadian Office). 

Can I still apply if I'm doing community-engaged research or a creative project, but it’s not with a community partner and not part of a for-credit UVic learning experience??

No, sorry. This funding opportunity is reserved for community-engaged experiences with community partners offered for credit through UVic.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

All questions can be directed to the Community-Engaged Learning Office’s email inbox for this program (


Don’t hesitate to connect with our office for more information: email

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