Pacific Student Quaternary Meeting

The Earth Science and Geography Departments at Simon Fraser University are hosting the first Pacific Student Quaternary Meeting, hosted by the Vancouver, April 22nd and 23rd. This meeting is for all graduate and undergraduate research students in the field of Quaternary Science in the Pacific region, looking broadly at environmental change during the last 2.6 million years, at all spatial and temporal scales. This student-led mini-conference is designed to encourage discussion and interaction among students interested in Quaternary Science and provide exposure to the wider Quaternary community. Quaternary Science is strongly multidisciplinary and related fields include archaeology, geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoenvironment, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, paleooceanography, geochronology, glaciology, paleohydrology, etc. If this applies to you, you are invited to come to meet and engage with like-minded students and present your research in a casual and friendly atmosphere.

The meeting will be free to register for those presenting; there will also be a field trip on April 21st, the location and itinerary of which will depend on attendance. To express interest in attending this meeting, or to ask any questions, please reply to Jonathan Cripps (

More information here.

Volunteer Opportunities: Liveable Cities Forum 2014

Livable Cities Forum 2014: Building Adaptive Communities

Set against the backdrop of the vibrant and picturesque City of Vancouver, the 2014 Livable Cities Forum will explore how to build healthy, sustainable, and economically resilient communities. The program is now available ( and will cover a variety of topics that fall under the following themes: preparing, responding, placemaking, mainstreaming, and measuring.

Exploration will continue beyond the Forum walls through mobile workshops in the City of Vancouver and the surrounding area. Participants will be able to see first-hand how the City’s bold initiative, Greenest City 2020, addresses environmental challenges, supports the local economy, and fosters healthier people and places.

The Livable Cities Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, April 2-4, 2014. For more information, please visit the event website: or go straight to the Volunteer Application Form.

CNA GIS Applications Specialist (Post Diploma Program)

College of the North Atlantic (Newfoundland and Labrador) is accepting applications for their GIS Application Specialist post-diploma program!

The GIS Applications Specialist is the “expert” who provides technical expertise to produce and analyze spatial information for effective planning and reporting activities in a broad range of disciplines. Specifically, a GIS Applications Specialist will help various agencies and government to effectively apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), internet mapping solutions and data visualization technologies to support informational needs, workflows or business processes. GIS Applications Specialists can work in various Sectors; the current market for GIS Applications Specialists in Newfoundland and Labrador includes: various provincial and federal departments, crown corporations, municipalities, research agencies, post-secondary institutions and private corporations.

This post-graduate, intensive three-semester GIS program utilizes current high-end technology tools to collect, store, manipulate, analyze, interpret, and communicate geographic information within a variety of disciplines. The students will be versed in several operating systems used in the industry today and have access to the latest in appropriate computer hardware, software, and field technology.

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada – Scholarship Opportunity

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and analysts. To this end, it offers up to three Post-Graduate Research Fellowships valued at $38,000 for Master’s graduates and $40,000 for PhD graduates for a one-year non-renewable term. Successful applicants will have a background in Asia-related research in a variety of fields, including (but not limited to) social sciences, humanities, business, education and natural sciences, and will be based on excellence and fit with the Foundation’s research priorities. Grants are not intended to support dissertation research.

During their time at the Foundation, Post-Graduate Research Fellows undertake a guided research project with a view to producing a policy paper of 5,000-8,000 words on a mutually-agreed upon topic. They can also take advantage of occasional skills-building workshops offered to staff members at the Foundation.

Read more about eligibility and how to apply HERE

WDCAG 2014 Conference

The Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG)’s annual conference will be held at the University of Victoria this March (7-8). The conference brings together undergraduate students and faculty to network, share, and learn about each other’s work! Jon Turk has been announced as the keynote speaker with, “Deep Ecology in this Commotion We Call Western Civilization”.

WDCAG also invites students and faculty to present their research if it is related to one of the conference themes. Abstract submissions are due January 24th.

There will be an information session on how you can participate in Rm. 101 on Thursday, January 16th at 1pm.

CUFA Distinguished Academics Awards

Do you know a colleague whose research or other scholarly work has had a positive impact on the community beyond the academy? Have they developed or applied an idea that has a significant social, cultural, or economic effect? Do they share their research with the community or use it to motivate change?

Each year, the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC)’s Distinguished Academics Awards recognize the impact scholarly research has outside our universities. members of the faculty associations at UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC, and RRU are eligible to be nominated for three awards: Early In Career Award, Academic of the Year Award, and Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award.

The deadline for nominations is February 3rd, 2014.

For more information on each award and to access their respective nomination forms, please visit CUFA BC’s Awards page.

DEGIRS Bursary Award

The Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (DEGIRS) is pleased to offer a $2000 bursary aimed at advancing the practices and education of engineering and geosciences in British Columbia. The bursary is intended to provide financial assistance to students in an accredited post-secondary or post-graduate program at a degree-granting institute in BC. Studies have to relate directly to professional engineering and/or geosciences in the resource sector. The 2014 Bursary is being offered in memory of Frank Baumann, a long-time leader in geoscience in British Columbia who passed away in 2013.

Please direct any questions to Victoria Stevens, Bursary Coordinator, at

Tri-Nations Conference: Call for Papers

2014 Tri-Nations Education Conference
March 29-30, 2014
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver, Canada

TOPIC – Internationalization in Education: Its Nature, Challenges and Possibilities in an Increasingly Globalized World

Internationalization in Education is being discussed and debated globally as universities compete for the best students and researchers expand their networks and collaborations across national borders. University reputation and rankings are influenced by the degree of international engagement and many institutions are responding to this imperative. Yet many concerns have been raised about the motives behind internationalization, its benefits and challenges, and the short- and long-term benefits of student and faculty mobility. This conference provides a forum for a critical examination of these and other issues arising from this powerful global phenomenon.

Join us this spring in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Submit your proposal to present at the 2014 Tri-Nations Education Conference. Proposals will be reviewed as they are received and authors notified as soon as possible. The Call for Papers closes January 27, 2014

This conference, initiated by the Deans of Education of five partner universities in China, Australia and Canada, is intended to encourage research exchange and collaboration on topics of importance to educators from around the world, but especially of interest in the Asia-Pacific Region. Paper and presentation proposals are invited in any area related to the overall theme of the conference, but especially in the following areas:

• Preparing teachers to work with increasingly diverse learners
• Reciprocity, equity and social justice
• Cooperation for global human development
• Models of program and research collaboration
• The value and challenges of comparative research
• Cultural differences and educational research
• Use of technology, online collaborative programs, MOOCs
• Ethics of internationalization
• Assessing the outcomes of internationalization
• Internationalization of the curriculum
• Institutional structures and processes
• National policies and priorities
• Language and international collaboration
• Economics of internationalization
• University status and rankings

Summaries of presentations and full papers will be published in the online 2014 Tri-Nations Education Conference proceedings after the conference.

Conference Languages
The official language of the conference is English.

Proposal & Abstract Submission Deadline: January 27, 2014
Early Bird Registration: before March 14, 2014
Conference: March 29-30, 2014

Submit your proposal by January 27 at:

Mobilities Conference March 2014: Call for Papers

Mobilities: Flows, Ruptures, Intersections Bi-Annual Sociology Conference 2014

Location: University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dates: Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9, 2014 Keynote Speaker: Michael Burawoy President of the International Sociological Association (ISA)


The Sociology Graduate Students’ Association is now accepting abstract submissions for its 2014 conference titled Mobilities: Flows, Ruptures, Intersections, which will be hosted from Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9 at the University of Alberta.

Mobilities address a variety of movements, flows, and changes, as well as their interruptions. These forces permeate our lives due to the fact that the world does not stand still, and neither do our imaginations. Mobilities are mediated, differentiated, and controlled, becoming the object of political, economic, social, and moral struggles. Mobilities can be harnessed, privileged, and excluded. They shape and are shaped by the spaces around us, and are increasingly tied to our digital experiences.

We invite participants from across disciplines who engage with mobilities in their work and research to submit abstracts that address any aspect of the theme. Potential topics include:


Social movements and mobilization

Tourism and travel

Differential or alternate mobilities

Human geography

Spaces and the built environment

Telecommunications and mobile technologies Tracking (Im)mobile work Mapping Confinement, surveillance, and social control The mobility and fluidity of culture (Im)migration Embodiment Networks Capital The relation between mobilities and social theory


Please send abstracts of 150 words or less and a biography of 75 words or less to<> by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Limited financial support is available for selected presenters; if you would like to be considered for this assistance, please indicate why and if there are other financial resources for which you are eligible.


Upcoming External Award Competitions

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme


The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong’s institutions.


Deadline: December 2, 2013

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Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship


The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (SNSF) Program, made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research.


Deadline: December 16, 2013

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Science Policy Fellowships


The Science Policy Fellowships program gives health researchers and trainees the opportunity to gain real world experience in health policy making. Researchers from all areas of health can apply to spend six to twelve months in a policy setting where they will work as part of a policy team.


Deadline: December 16, 2013

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Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award


These awards support UBC graduate students who wish to participate in research abroad at a leading institution outside of North America, and UBC faculty who wish to host an international graduate student at UBC from a non-North American institution.


Deadline: January 10, 2014 – for travel May 1st or later More info:


UBC Biodiversity Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship


As a part of the NSERC CREATE training program in biodiversity research, the UBC Biodiversity Research Centre is seeking applicants for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship.


Deadline: January 13, 2014

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Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship for Students in Soil Science and Related Studies


Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship provides financial support to students entering second or subsequent year of graduate studies in soil science (in areas of agriculture, environment, geology, agro-ecology or other related disciplines). Candidates must hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence status in Canada and be enrolled in their graduate program for at least one semester beyond the application deadline.


Deadline: January 17, 2014

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London Goodenough Association of Canada Scholarship


Scholarships are offered towards the cost of accommodation at Goodenough College, the pre-eminent residential college for international graduate students in London.


Deadline: January 27, 2014

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Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards


The Canadian Northern Studies Awards support students undertaking research that includes northern or circumpolar fieldwork.


Deadline: January 31, 2014

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