Upcoming External Award Competitions


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 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

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 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

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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/strengthening-mothers-through-perinatal-r…

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 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

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 https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/mcc-canadian-japanese-mennonite-scholarship

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 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…

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


MFRE Seminar Series – March 4 – Hop Yard Collective


MFRE is hosting a seminar series: MFRE Food &  Agribusiness Speaker Series and would like to invite you!

The next seminar is on (please note location and time change):

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Monte Staats, Manager of Hop Yard, Operations, Persephone Farms Persephone Brewing Company, Open Demonstration Hop Yard and Business Resource Centre

Monte Staats holds a degree from the Masters of Land and Water Systems program at UBC and is co-founder of Hop Yard Collective, a small business that is attempting to find innovative ways to support and grow the hops industry in BC.  Monte has been involved in designing, constructing and farming hops on the Sunshine Coast in an effort to forward the BC hops movement and support the local craft beer movement. He has most recently worked with Persephone Brewing Co. developing a feasibility plan and working business models for a small scale commercial hops farming in BC.

Location: FSC 1001

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Find out more about the guests and the series here: http://mfre.landfood.ubc.ca/mfre-speaker-series/.

Best regards, Gabi

Gabrielle Ménard, MFRE

Academic Coordinator

Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)

E: gabrielle.menard@ubc.ca

UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems

Suite 321-2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


Graduate Pathways to Success: 3MT semi-finals and finals are next week!


Three Minute Thesis 3MT 2016@UBC semi-finals and finals are next week.  Attendance is open to anyone for these informative and inspiring presentations.  Sessions will take place in the ballroom of the Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road as follows:

Semi-final 1, Tuesday, March 8th, 1:00 – 2:30

Semi-final 2, Tuesday, March 8th, 3:00 – 4:30

Final, Thursday, March 10th, 4:30 – 6:00


There is still space available in this week’s:

SCARL IV: Quantitative Covariates and Linear Models

March 2nd, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: For further information and to register, visit https://community.grad.ubc.ca/gps/event/12932

Are you a doctoral student interested in integrating broader forms of scholarship into your doctoral work, and making a tangible positive impact in the world? On March 1st, 8th, and 9th, UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) will be holding information sessions on the initiative, funding criteria, and the application process. Register for one (or more) of the info sessions at https://survey.ubc.ca/s/psi-info-sessions/ (see attachment for further details)

Visit https://community.grad.ubc.ca/calendar for other graduate student workshops and events including:

Author Rights, Funding Mandates, and Open Access https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/2329

Please let me know if you have questions.


Jacqui Brinkman

Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802

170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2

jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | www.grad.ubc.ca

UBC Library Research Commons March Event


The UBC Library Research Commons March events newsletter is now out! We would be grateful if you could forward it to your graduate students.  

If you’d prefer to send a link to the newsletter within your own departmental newsletters or emails, the URL is http://ow.ly/YUex6 

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let us know! 

All the best,

The Research Commons Team 

UBC Library Research Commons  

2nd floor, Koerner Library
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
1958 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 



Research Commons March Events

We hope you had a productive Reading Break, and made use of February’s extra leap day! This month, the Research Commons is offering a variety of workshops and consultations on Data Analysis Tools, Thesis Formatting, Citation Management and more. To book a one-on-one consultation for these services, fill out our Consultation Request Form. If you would like to attend one of our workshops, read on for dates, descriptions and links to register.

Open Education Week

Open Education Week, March 7-11, is an international initiative that aims to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that are available for everyone. In collaboration with the CTLT, UBC Library Research Commons will be hosting two events for Open Education Week: A Friendly Introduction to Working Collaboratively and Openly with Github March 8, 10:00am – 3:30pm Facilitators: Joey Lee and Stephanie Wright  *Registration Required

Citation  Management Support

Frustrated with your citation management? Spending hours crafting your bibliography? Come out to one of our workshops! Get tips on organizing your research, creating in-text citations with the click of a button, and formatting bibliographies. We provide support for Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero. Citation Management Using Zotero Tuesday, March 8 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Citation Management Using RefWorks Tuesday, March 15 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Citation Management Using Mendeley Tuesday, March 22 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Data  Analysis Software

Have data, but not sure how to start analysing it? We can help! Get started using common quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools, such as SPSS, R, & NVivo – Register for a workshop today! SPSS Workshops Basic SPSS Tuesday, March 1st at 10:00am – 12:00pm

SPSS Data Management Tuesday, March 8th at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Basic SPSS Tuesday, March 29th at 1:00pm – 3:00pm

NVivo Workshops Introduction to NVivo Wednesday, March 16th at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Classifications and Datasets in NVivo Wednesday, March 23rd at 10:00am – 12:00pm

We also offer help getting started with SPSS, R, & NVivo via 1-1 consultations in person or online. Book your appointment via the Consultation Request Form.

Thesis Formatting Support

Stressed out trying to format your thesis? Register today for one of our weekly two-hour workshops that cover the basics of the thesis template, as well as useful thesis writing and formatting resources. Upcoming Thesis Formatting Workshops: Thursday, March 3 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm  Thursday, March 10 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm Thursday, March 17 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm  Thursday, March 24 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm


FIREtalks are Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchanges for graduate students. In partnership with the UBC Language Sciences Initiative, our upcoming March FIREtalk will explore ways of studying language, from the development of language in children to modelling the human vocal tract, and more!  FIREtalk: Language Arts and Sciences  Wednesday, March 30th at 4:00pm – 6:00pm Register above to attend as a member of the audience, or visit the FIREtalks website for information on how to participate by giving a 5 minute FIREtalk.

Research  Skills  Workshops

Search Methods for Systematic Reviews Intro to locating studies and recording methodology in Health Sciences disciplines. Thursday, March 10 at 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Stay Alert! Keeping Current with Research Using database alerts and social media to keep up-to-date on the research in your field. Wednesday, March 16 at 10:00am – 11:30am

Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here Tips on comprehensive searching for your lit review. Thursday, March 17 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Best Practices in Research Data Management Learn how to incorporate best practices of data management into your work. Friday, March 18 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Statistical Methodology for Systematic Reviews A hands-on workshop on statistical methodology, and an intro to RevMan software. Thursday, March 24 at 9:00am – 2:00pm

Grad Student Writing Group

Better writing starts with more writing. These drop-in sessions, facilitated by the UBC Writing Centre, will help you get the accountability and feedback/support to start and keep a writing habit, and improve your writing. Bi-weekly sessions run Mondays (1:00-3:00 pm) and Tuesdays (4:00-6:00pm) in Koerner Library, Room 216. Upcoming Writing Groups: Monday, March 7 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm  Tuesday, March 8 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm Monday, March 21 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm  Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Copyright Workshops

Copyright Workshops are a collaboration between The Library, CTLT, and The UBC Bookstore. Author Rights, Funding Mandates and Open Access Publishing Thursday, March 3rd at 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Pixelating: A DH Mixer

Join us for our Digital Humanities Mixer!

UBC scholars are welcome to attend our drop in sessions of Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixeran opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research. Upcoming March Mixers: Open Collections API Learn the basics of Application Program Interfaces (APIs): tools used to share data and content between software applications. Thursday, March 3 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm Text Mining and Analysis Intro to text analysis using AntConc and Python’s ‘Natural Language Toolkit’. Thursday, March 10 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm Landless Territory: Indigeneity and Technology David Gaertner, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Thursday, March 17 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm TBD Thursday, March 24 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm Paper Machines – Text Analysis and Visualization using Zotero Thursday, March 31 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Image Credits: Koerner Library: Koerner Library by UBC Learning Commons Data Analysis Software: Image via Unsplash Thesis Formatting: Image via Pexels Citation Management: Image via Pexels Grad Student Writing: Image via Pexels Research Skills: Image via Pexels Copyright: Copyright Jigsaw by Horia Varlan