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As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world. There is a thriving arts & culture scene in Vancouver and on campus. From museums and concert halls to food and film festivals, you’re sure to find something to suits your fancy. Vancouver is also home to many festivals and civic events. It’s worth noting that most ethnic, cultural, and religious communities have at least one civic event annually. Canada is a great place to live, work and study. If you have not visited Canada before, you may notice a few cultural differences. During your time at UBC, you’ll learn more about Canadian culture and understanding Canadians.

UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) was launched in 2015 to support UBC doctoral students whose research extended beyond the academy, and beyond traditional disciplinary approaches, to have a tangible impact for the public good through collaborative, action-oriented, and/or creative forms of scholarship in their dissertation work. The 261 Public Scholars accepted into the program over the last seven years have sought to address complex questions and challenges of our world through collaborations with more than 150 different partners in all societal sectors in more than 40 countries.

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This award is part of the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) which intends to build connections, community, and capacity for doctoral students who are interested in explicitly linking their doctoral work to an arena of public benefit and integrating broader and more career-relevant forms of scholarship into their doctoral education process.

In support of the University of British Columbia’s mission to be one of the world’s very best universities, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies strives to elevate achievement and enhance the education of graduate students in a global context, providing responsive and responsible administration that is transparent, consistent and equitable.

This year funding is available for up to 30-35 new students. Students may be eligible for renewal for a second year (pending new PSI funding). This year we are also accepting applications for a unique “Climate Emergency Stream” (CES). The CES is a dedicated funding source to further increase the numbers of PSI Scholars working on issues related to the Climate Emergency, understood broadly.




Up to $10,000 twice, for a total of $20,000 per student is available and the funding can be used for:

  • A research allowance (including allowance for professional development or travel relevant to the scholarly work)
  • Student stipend, if the student’s current funding source would not allow the alternative project(s).


All students, faculty, and collaborators will be asked to complete a questionnaire at the end of their funding/involvement. Student dissertations and student completion and career outcomes will also be reviewed as part of the assessment of this pilot initiative.

  • UBC Vancouver doctoral students (PhD, EdD, and DMA) in years 1-5 and; UBC Okanagan doctoral students in years 1-5
  • Applicants must have completed no more than 48 months of doctoral study as of 31 August 2022
  • Applicants must be registered in a UBC doctoral program as of 1 September 2022
  • Applicants in their 6th year (48 to 60 months of doctoral study) will be accepted only in the most exceptional circumstances.

Requirements for all funded students:

  • Submission of a report at the end of their first (and if applicable, second) year of funding
  • Presentation of their work at a Network event PhDs Go Public.
Eligible Regions: Canadian, Permanent resident, International

Application Process

  • Download these 2 files from the link below (under the ‘Apply Now’) section.
  • Once the form is downloaded you can edit and save the form by renaming it. Name your application: LastName_FirstName_PSI
  • Following the guidelines, complete the Application form. Please note that each section (“Outline of Proposed Scholarly Work” and “Relationship of Proposal to PSI Goals”) is individually capped at 4000 characters and 1 page.
  • Upload the completed PSI Fellowship Application 2022-2023 form and your Canadian Common CV as one pdf file. The page is a Qualtrics form that will require 5 minutes to complete once all your documents are ready to be uploaded. Please read the Overview section on that page carefully before proceeding to ensure your application is submitted correctly.
  • For the mandatory supervisor letter of support and the optional letter(s) of support from collaborators, your letter writers should go to ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zgBoIE91qJVyBw .You can open the page, and share the link with them. The page is a Qualtrics form that will require 2 minutes to complete once the letter is ready to be uploaded.
  • This will complete your application.

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Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

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For Further Queries

To know more about the application process you can visit the page below: www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/application-frequently-asked-questions
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