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
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/community-engagement-fellowship-program
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/organization-american-states-oas-fellowsh…
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/dan-david-prize-scholarship
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/degirs-bursary
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/csce-hydrotechnical-engineering-student-a…
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/charles-d-gonthier-research-fellowship
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/anne-vallee-ecological-fund
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/worksafebc-research-training-awards
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/canadian-liver-foundation-graduate-studen…
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/bullitt-environmental-fellowship
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/bc-aboriginal-student-award
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/rabin-scholarship-fund-advancement-peace-…
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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/elizabeth-henry-scholarship-communities-e…
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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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.