UBC’s GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award for Graduate Students

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GSS cIRcle Award

Graduate students may submit exemplary non-thesis manuscripts or projects that are related to graduate coursework to the GSS (Graduate Student Society) cIRcle Open Scholar Award, with approval from their course instructors.

The Award is based on a lottery system held twice a year. A random selection will be made from items submitted to cIRcle during the previous 6 month period – four awards will be made per annum, two in April and two in October.

This collection is NOT for UBC Theses and Dissertations which must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) into the Electronic Theses and Dissertations collection in cIRcle. Please contact the G+PS for authorization to submit your thesis or dissertation.


The GSS (Graduate Student Society) cIRcle Open Scholar Award is a lottery based award for graduate students at UBC Vancouver which went live on July 9, 2012. The first two awards were presented on October 18, 2012.

Background & Purpose

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award is a five-year (2012-2016) collaboration of the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle/UBC Library. The Award was the brainchild of Francisco Grajales, the GSS Senator at the time. He worked closely with Hilde Colenbrander (cIRcle Coordinator), the GSS Executive and others to implement this Award. The Award was approved by the UBC Vancouver Senate in late 2011, and technical implementation by cIRcle staff was completed in late June 2012.

The purpose of the Award is:

  1. To feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work
  2. To create an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations

The Open Scholar Award is an excellent representation of both UBC and its graduate students’ dedication to showcasing our unique intellectual output. It gives graduate students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge outside of their normal networks while encouraging the spirit of collaboration and interdisciplinarity.

– Christopher Roach, GSS President (2013-14)


Each Award is worth $500 and will only be awarded to UBC Vancouver graduate students, not to supervisors or course instructors. If an award winning project has more than one graduate student author, each of these authors will receive an equal proportion of the award money.

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