UBC Public Scholars Award Canada 2021-2022

UBC Public Scholar Award

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UBC Public Scholars Award:

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.

The University of British Columbia:

Recognized as the most international university of North America, the University of British Columbia is known as one the world’s leading universities. A global center to learn, teach and research, the University provides its students with world-class, research driven education. It is also one of the top 20 universities of the world, which provides its doctoral students with financial needs to continue their educational journey with pride despite their circumstances. The University aims to transform its students into well educated, responsible, employable citizens which also have the capability to become entrepreneurs in the future.

Degree Level:

PhD (Doctorate)

Study Areas:

Education, counselling

Scholarship Award Value:

Up to $10,000 twice, for a total of $20,000 per student is available to support innovative/collaborative scholarship which the student would otherwise be unable to pursue. 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)

Every year funding is available for up to 30-40 new students. Students may be eligible for renewal for a second year (pending new PSI funding).




UBC Vancouver doctoral students (PhD, EdD, and DMA) in years 1-5. Applicants must be

  • completed no more than 48 months of doctoral study as of 31 August 2021
  • registered in a UBC doctoral program as of 1 September 2021
  • in their 6th year (48 to 60 months of doctoral study) ; 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.

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

Applying Procedure & Documentation:

  • Download these 2 files from the link below (under the ‘Further Information’ section): PSI Fellowship Application 2021-2022; and PSI Fellowship Application Instructions 2021-2022.
  • 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 Application form and your Canadian Common CV as one pdf file (see instructions for details) to this link.
  • For the mandatory supervisor letter of support and the optional letter(s) of support from collaborators, your letter writers should go to this page. You can open the page, and share the link with them.
  • This will complete your application.

Application Links:

Application Deadline:


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