Indigenous Education Recruitment for PhD and EdD Info Session – 1 Oct, 2016

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Indigenous Ed PhD EdD Info Session Oct 01.jpgHi All,

A reminder of our event this Saturday at the First Nations Longhouse

for Indigenous students, educators, and community members who might be interested in applying to a PhD or EdD program in one of the Departments or School in the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Please share among your colleagues.
Posting PDF: Indigenous Ed PhD/EDD Info Poster

Dr. Jan Hare

Associate Dean, Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education
Director, Native Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)
Professor of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education
Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia | Unceded Musqueam Territory

Funding – Upcoming External Award Competitions

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Community Engagement Fellowship Program

Community Engagement Fellowship Program offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with northern Canadian First Nations and Inuit communities on four-month long community-identified projects, which will help to provide capacity and respond to challenges facing a community’s health, sustainability, and prosperity.
Deadline: Sunday, 06 March 2016

Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships Programs

Academic scholarships are awarded to undertake graduate studies that lead to a degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or graduate research at a university or higher learning institution in an OAS Member State. The competition is open to students in all disciplines (natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and arts). Scholarships are not offered for studies in the medical sciences and the learning of new languages.
Deadline: Tuesday, 08 March 2016

Dan David Prize Scholarship

The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, carrying out research in one of the selected fields for the current year. 2016-17 selected fields are Past – Social History – New Directions; Present – Combat Poverty; and Future – Nanoscience.
Deadline: Thursday, 10 March 2016

DEGIRS Bursary

The Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (DEGIRS) offers a $2,000 bursary aimed at advancing engineering and geosciences education and practices in BC. Studies should relate directly to professional engineering and/or geoscience/geotechnique in the resource sector.
Deadline: Friday, 11 March 2016

CSCE Hydrotechnical Engineering Student Award

The CSCE Hydrotechnical Division administers this award for the best master’s thesis report related to water engineering and water management. This award is intended to recognize an outstanding masters’ thesis that demonstrates high quality research technique, high quality presentation of the work, and relevance to water engineering and water management in Canada.
Deadline: Friday, 11 March 2016

Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice provides funds for a $7500 Research Fellowship in order to support research related to the Institute’s annual conference theme. The completed research is expected to be presented at the Institute’s annual conference and published with its proceedings. Open to faculty and graduate students at Canadian universities.
Deadline: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Anne Vallee Ecological Fund

The Anne Vallée Ecological Fund (AVEF) offers two $1,500 scholarship to support students registered in animal research at the master or doctoral level in a Québec or British Columbia University. The AVEF is focussed on supporting field research in animal ecology, in relation with the impact of human activities such as forestry, industry, agriculture, and fishing.
Deadline: Friday, 18 March 2016

Strengthening Mothers through Perinatal Research Award
A $1,500 award is offered for graduate students pursuing research into woman-centered, holistic and physiologic maternity care.
Deadline: Friday, 18 March 2016

WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards

WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards are intended to enable highly qualified Masters and PhD students to undertake full-time research training with a focus on preventing and/or reducing occupational illness, injury, and disability in British Columbia.
Deadline: Wednesday, 30 March 2016, but requires a signature from UBC Office of Research Services – ORS deadline: 22 March 2016

Canadian Liver Foundation Graduate Studentships

The objective of the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) is to provide support for research and education into the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the liver. Graduate Studentships and Summer Studentships are intended for scientists-in-training who are working towards obtaining their Masters or Ph.D. and whose research projects are related to liver diseases.
Deadline: Thursday, 31 March 2016

Bullitt Environmental Fellowship

Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding graduate student at a university in the Pacific Northwest who has a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and a faculty nomination. Students of color, those who come from a disadvantaged background, or who have overcome significant hardship are highly encouraged to apply for this award.
Deadline: Friday, 01 April 2016

MCC Canadian Japanese-Mennonite Scholarship

The Canadian Japanese-Mennonite Scholarship is intended to assist the protection of minority and human rights in Canada, and reduce the potential for abuse of cultural minorities such as that suffered by Japanese Canadians during World War II.
Deadline: Friday, 01 April 2016

BC Aboriginal Student Award

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has established an award program for Aboriginal students pursuing studies at the Master’s and Doctoral levels in British Columbia. Renewable awards of $5,000 per year are available. Selection is based on a variety of factors, including financial need, family and community responsibilities, and career and life goals.
Deadline: Friday, 01 April 2016

The Rabin Scholarship Fund for the Advancement of Peace and Tolerance

The Rabin Scholarship Fund provides doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows focusing on areas relating to the pursuit of peace and peaceful forms of social life the opportunity to spend one academic year at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.
Deadline: Sunday, 01 May 2016

Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with BC communities that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives.
Deadline: Tuesday, 10 May 2016

List of upcoming external and external graduate award competitions is also available at


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May 3, 4 & 5, 2016 -UBC Learning Exchange Centennial conference: New Perspectives on Learning in the Downtown Eastside

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New Perspectives on Learning in the Downtown Eastside

A Community-University Conference

As part of UBC’s Centennial celebrations, the UBC Learning Exchange is organizing a unique conference that will bring together community members, faculty and students to experience, share, and reflect on diverse perspectives and practices of learning in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The two-day conference will highlight innovative learning exchanges and generate ideas and directions for the future.

Save the Date

The conference will be happening at the UBC Learning Exchange, the Vancouver Japanese Language School, and Ironworks Studios.

Key dates:

  • Main conference days are Tuesday, May 3rd and Wednesday, May 4th
  • Wrap-up conversations and social during dinner on Wednesday, May 4th
  • Post-conference activities on May 5th

How is this innovative?

Historic Locations: Spans over multiple historic locations, embedded in the community.

Diverse People: Connects community members and organizations with UBC faculty, staff, and students, in welcoming and friendly ways.

Fresh Themes: Explores a variety of themes from hot topics in the DTES and peer facilitation to student experiential learning and new approaches in evaluation and knowledge exchange.

Non-Traditional Formats: Features a wide range of sessions including workshops, arts-based activities, performances, panel discussions, and interactive exhibits.


For updates, visit our website conference page: http://learningexchange.ubc.ca/whats-new/events/new-perspectives-on-learning-in-the-downtown-eastside/


Why Gupta’s Casual Racism Should Worry You

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Why Gupta’s Casual Racism Should Worry You



GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — In this bustling lakeside town I spent a wonderful Christmas evening baking pizza in an outdoor oven, sipping a cold bottle of the local Primus brew. Earlier in the day, I was at a lakeside café reading a good book, watching families dressed in their Sunday best, as they strolled toward the adjoining restaurant for their holiday meal. Little children in their miniature suits and gowns paused to take photos with the Santa Claus cut-out propped next to the entrance.

This American Jew had a lovely Congolese Christmas–a perk I was able to enjoy as a UBC student studying abroad in South Africa, where my holiday trip began. And yet I felt guilty.

I felt guilty because I neglected to heed the call of my university’s new president, Arvind Gupta, and ask the locals celebrating here on December 25 whether they knew it was Christmas.

Perhaps the several thousand cases of Ebola, currently solely concentrated in the adjacent West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, had gotten these folks so mixed up that they weren’t actually sure what all those small, colorful orbs were doing decorating their restaurant. And why, they might have wondered, were faux fir trees scattered around the lakeside?

If that sounds a bit absurd, that’s because it is. Even in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country routinely ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, the Christian population sure as heck knew it was a day of celebration.

Maybe if I could have reassured President Gupta that the Congolese, residents of what the West has variously termed the “Heart of Darkness”, the “Bleeding Heart of Africa,” and otherwise written off as one more “War-Torn Region in Africa,” were happily celebrating Christmas despite a public health crisis ongoing thousands of miles away – for perspective, the epicentre of the outbreak, Sierra Leone, is closer to Berlin than Cape Town – he would not have felt the need to “challenge” UBC’s 300,000 students and alumni to join a campaign led by an aging British musician to generate pity for supposedly sickly Africa and donate around $20 to an opaque foundation seeking to “fight ebola.”

“Tonight, we’re reaching out and touching you,” Gupta crooned in the grainy webcam video, posted on UBC’s official Facebook page, singing lyrics from “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” before the clip fades to black.

Creepy. But not nearly as creepy as what a closer examination of Gupta’s participation in the Band Aid 30 challenge, as well as what an assortment of his public statements tell us about the type of university he intends to run. Read More…

Funding – Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship, Due Feb 13, 2015

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Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship

The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships are available to Canadian citizens engaged in or about to start doctoral studies in Chemistry, Physics, or Electronics (including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at UBC.

Annual Value: $6,000

Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015

Please see the Graduate Awards website for more detailed information and application procedures: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/walter-c-sumner-memorial-fellowship

Our contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Joanne Tsui: joanne.tsui@ubc.ca

Film Screening: “What I LOVE about being QUEER”

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The Equity and Inclusion Office is happy to ask that you widely share our invitation

UBC is proud to welcome Vivek Shraya to UBC Vancouver on September 24 to screen his film, What I LOVE about being QUEER. Join us for a lively discussion about language, identity and being queer at UBC.

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist working in the media of music, performance, literature and film. His film What I LOVE about Being Queer has expanded to include a tumblr page and book with contributions from around the world. The What I LOVE about being QUEER project has been featured on Huffington PostAbout.comCBC’s Metro MorningThe Shameless blogXtra! and Metro.

What I LOVE about being QUEER – Film screening & discussion with Vivek Shraya
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Norm Theatre (SUB)
Student Union Building (Sub) (Wayfinding at UBC)

Space is limited for the Vancouver event – Register online and come early to reserve your seat and to get a slice of free pizza.

Presented by the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office, Vancouver and Okanagan partners: Access & Diversity; Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice; Critical Studies in Sexuality; First Nations House of Learning; Sexual Assault Support Centre; and The Pride Collective at UBC.

CFP: Spiritual Ecologies and New Cosmologies Convergence

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Spiritual Ecologies and New Cosmologies   Convergence  

 Seeking scholarly and creative submissions including but not limited to  papers, panels, dialogues, rituals, liturgies, sermons, pilgrimages,  meditations, poetry, films, art, or plays that address the diverse themes of  Spiritual Ecologies or New Cosmologies.

  Dates  Monday September 22 to Thursday September 25, 2014  (We will hold continuous sessions from approximately 4:00pm to 8:00pm each day.   A more detailed schedule will be posted once the schedule is filled with your projects!)

 Location  Liu Institute for Global Issues   University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The spiritual dimension of ecological issues, cosmology and even sustainability are increasingly being  addressed within and outside of academic venues. Although Western scientific discoveries have shifted  our views of the history and structure of the universe, our current problems point to a broad moral failing  by Western civilization to account for the earth as a whole.

The fields of Religion and Ecology, Spiritual Ecology and New Cosmology are growing rapidly within academic, faith­ based and civil society circles  as a response to this failing, and because it has been recognized that engaging people of faith is a crucial  part of working toward a sustainable future for the planet. The Spiritual Ecologies and New  Cosmologies Converge seeks to provide an open space where scholars, students, activists, people of  faith, and members of the community can come together to engage these important themes. Because  each spiritual tradition brings a different perspective to our place in the cosmos, valuing and caring for  the earth, and humanity’s place here, we have used the plural for ecologies and cosmologies.

 The Convergence seeks to explore the following questions:    1) What research is being done on issues of spiritual ecologies/new cosmologies among  scholars in this region?

2) How are regional communities of faith uniquely engaging questions of ecological  sustainability and ideas of spiritual ecology?

 3) Similarly, how are communities of faith in this region integrating and responding  to the picture contemporary science is presenting of the universe that some are calling  the ‘New Cosmology’?

 4) With an increase in unaffiliated spiritualities, has a ‘crisis of meaning’ emerged in  contemporary society? How might science and religion work together to address this  aspect of human well being?

  Desired Outcomes:

    ● Better understand and connect what research has been and is being done on spiritual ecology,  religion and ecology and cosmology in this region. This could lead to the publication of an edited  volume or simply better regional networking.

● Engage Vancouver theology schools in the ongoing conversation about ecological theology and  its implications.

  ● Bring civil society and communities of faith together to share ideas, resources and support.

   ● The creation of a region wide ‘Interspiritual Ecology Network’     Submissions

 Please send an email with SUBMISSION SENC in the subject line and discuss the following:


 Institutional affiliation(s)  

 Title and an up to 200 word description of the presentation/project, the issue/question it  addresses and what will be needed to present  

 Send to Jason Brown (jason.minton.brown@gmail.com) and Elaine Hsiao  (citizenof1world@gmail.com) by July 1, 2014.   

Updated CFP: IGSS- Reciprocity in our Communities: Mobilizing Indigenous Leadership and Knowledge

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UPDATED DEADLINE:  Friday, February 7, 2014


Submissions accepted here

Send an email if you’d like to volunteer for the planning committee or volunteer on the day of the event:  grad.sage@ubc.ca

CFP: Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS)

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10th Annual Symposium

“Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The University of British Columbia (SWINGS Bldg Venue TBA)


We are accepting submissions for presentations (20 minutes) followed by discussion (10 minutes) on topics related to intercultural issues. The theme for this year, “Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward” is intentionally broadly-stated so as to provide a forum where multiple perspectives from across a spectrum of issues can be shared and discussed.

Reports on small/large-scale research projects, research proposals, preliminary results of ongoing work, or teaching workshops on intercultural topics are all welcome. While the working language of the Symposium is English, we encourage proposals that are written in French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Summaries of presentations and selected peer reviewed full papers will be published in the online 2014 CILS Symposium proceedings after the symposium.

Your submission should include:

 Your name(s)

 Your affiliation(s) (e.g. UBC, Department of Asian Studies)

 Format of presentation (paper or workshop)

 A title (max. 10 words)

 Abstract of your proposed presentation (max. 250 words)

 Short description (max. 100 words) for inclusion in the program

 Keywords (up to five)

 A/V needs (all presenters will be asked to supply their own laptops). All rooms are equipped with digital projectors.

Proposals will be reviewed as they are received and authors notified as soon as possible.

This Call for Papers closes on February 28, 2013. Submit your proposal by February 28 at: cils.ubc@ubc.ca

If you have any questions, please email Natalia Balyasnikova at сils.ubc@ubc.ca