Deadline: May 21, 2022

The UBC award is a part of the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) which intends to grow and 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.

Up to $10,000 twice, for a total of $20,000 per student is available to support innovative or collaborative scholarships and this fund can be used in many ways. This funding can be used for research allowance that includes an allowance for professional development or relevant to travel facts. Also, used in student stipends if the current funding source of the student would not allow the alternative projects. It would encourage and enable a broadened conception of doctoral education where Students’ work extends beyond academia and beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and they can gain experience in the environments and types of scholarships they may productively engage in post-graduation.

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). Moreover, this year they are also accepting applications for a unique “Climate Emergency Stream” (CES). The CES is a funding source that is completely dedicated to increasing the further number of PSI scholars working on issues related to the climate emergency, understood broadly.

In this year’s program, PSI is also accepting applications from the students of the Okanagan campus.

In applications, the following factors would be taken into account. Such as work with a high level of expertise in a discipline or methodology. The goals should be clearly defined and realistic and must identify important questions where adequate preparation of understanding the project is reflected. Appropriate plans and documents to complete the work should be effective.




  • Through this funding of PSI, Students’ work is evaluated as part of the degree, ensuring it is of the highest quality, and signaling that the university considers these diverse forms of scholarship worthy of recognition.
  • They can gain enhanced career opportunities and foster a positive public perception of the value of the doctorate
  • Along with this, students can contribute to the public good in diverse ways through rigorous scholarship.


  • Applicants must have completed no more than 48 months of doctoral study as of 31 August 2022. They must be registered in a UBC doctoral program as of 1 September 2022.
  • And they should be in their 6th year (48 to 60 months of doctoral study) and will be accepted only in the most exceptional circumstances.
  • For funded students: The students have to submit a report at the end of their first (and if applicable, second) year of funding along with the presentation of their work at a Network event PhDs Go Public.

Eligible Regions: Canada, Okanagan


Application Process

  • The applicants have to download two files from the links given below.
    • Link:
      • PSI Fellowship Application 2022-2023:
      • PSI Fellowship Application Instructions 2022-2023:
  • After completing the form, rename the file:  LastName_FirstName_PSI
  • Then, Upload the completed PSI Fellowship Application 2022-2023 form and your Canadian Common CV as one pdf file. Link:
  • For the mandatory supervisor letter of support and the optional letter(s) of support from collaborators, your letter writers should go here. Link:

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