Scholarships (Outgoing)

Applying to be an Outgoing (Dalhousie to Bahamas) QES Scholar

Selected QES undergraduate students will take part in a 3-month international internship at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas.  The internship allows Canadian students to gain hands on experience in  conservation science research, environmental education, general systems (biodiesel, solar, wastewater management), food security, ecological health, aquaponics and/or permaculture at the Cape Eleuthera Institute ( and the Centre for Sustainable Development ( in the Bahamas.  There are three possible internships to apply to:

Internship 1: Marine Research and Conservation

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) aims to research and conserve the impressive marine biodiversity that surrounds the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. We are seeking highly-motivated, early career scientists to intern with us. Successful candidates will be actively engaged with a vibrant community of visiting and resident researchers and students. Our research generally focuses on turtle ecology, shark ecology, coral restoration, and sustainable fisheries. However, the research projects that we are running at CEI are continually changing as we answer old questions and move on to new ones. As such, the intern experience is highly dynamic and will be different every semester.

To apply.

Internship 2: Sustainable Agriculture

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in the belief that our incredibly unique and remote location on Cape Eleuthera requires a high level of self-sustainability. Food security is an extremely important issue for not only The Island School but also The Bahamas as a whole. The Food Security Team at The Island School focuses on both aquaponics and permaculture in order to increase the amount of food produced on island while also being a sustainable agriculture model. In our pursuit of outstanding environmental management, we are seeking ambitious, innovative, and bright young interns to join our team. The food security internship is split into two key responsibilities that are involved with ongoing projects to ensure that we achieve a higher rate of food security as well as to meet our zero waste goals.

To apply.

Internship 3: Sustainable Systems

Our goal at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is to be a model of sustainable living; our belief is that our campus is our greatest teaching tool where everyone is an educator. We value interns as collaborators and innovators who strive to make a difference not only within our strong, local community, but also at an international level. We are committed to social responsibility, environmental management, and working together toward one-planet living. Each internship will involve supporting the daily operations of the organization and will also involve one systems project that the selected intern will be responsible for developing under the supervision of a sustainability teacher. Additionally, interns will typically be responsible for: solar design and installation methods; biodiesel production and supplying diesel to Island School vehicles and equipment; assisting in the development of innovative methods to utilize waste as energy, exploring methods for natural treatment of waste streams such as micro remediation; developing anaerobic digestion systems for biodiesel production waste and human sanitary waste, and maintaining and organizing an inventory of tools and equipment in the workshop.

To apply.

Who can apply?

In order to be able to apply for the QES Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a Dalhousie undergraduate student and not planning to graduate until the internship placement is over
  •  Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Be at least 19 years of age and under 35 years of age at the time of application.
  • Have a minimum of 3rd year standing at the time of the internship placement
  • Have an interest and academic background in environment and/or sustainability (i.e. environmental science, architecture, sustainability, environmental engineering, or other related field)
  • Able to work independently, as part of a team, and be adaptable to a flexible schedule.

Where are the placements?

All placements take place on the main campus of the Cape Eleuthera Institute on the southern tip of Eleuthera Bahamas. Powered 100% by the sun and built from nearly 75% local materials, the campus of the Cape Eleuthera Institute demonstrates an unparalleled opportunity to live, work, and study in a cutting-edge atmosphere. Interns live in the LEED certified Anderson-Cabot Hall for Graduate Studies.

How many scholarships are available?

A total of 22 scholarships will be offered to Outgoing QES students before Autumn 2023. Note that there are 3 different opportunities for internships including: a general systems internship; food systems, aquaponics and permaculture internship; and the Cape Eleuthera Institute Science internship).

How long are the placements?

Placements are for 15 weeks in total and are available in two different times of the year:

  • Fall semester is general from the last week of August to the 2nd week of December (applications due April 1st)
  • Spring semester is generally from the last week of January to the beginning of May (applications due September 1st)

How much funding is available?

Each Outgoing Scholar will be awarded a total of $6,000, as a contribution to the costs of travel, accommodation and daily living expenses associated with his/her placement. It is anticipated that each QES scholar will need to cover the following expenses using their scholarship:

  • Cape Eleuthera Institute room and board (3 meals per day on campus), airport transfers, local transportation (including use of bicycle), internet access, visa expenses, professional development and networking activities (~$4200 USD for the duration of the internship)
  • Air travel to the Bahamas
  • International health insurance
  • Coverage of any course fees at Dalhousie University while on internship.

How to apply

In general, applications for outgoing scholarships should be received by April 1st for a fall semester internship, and by September 1st for a spring semester internship.  However, final application dates change annually based on consultation with the Cape Eleuthera Institute, so please check with the Dalhousie QES Director for specific dues dates for each competition.  Applications can be found here: