Competition Announcement: Tri-Agency / Affiliated Doctoral Competitions


INTERNAL Deadline September 14, 2017This is a firm deadline.  We will not accept any applications (missing documents) after this deadline.  In addition, incomplete applications will not be considered.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all supporting documentations, including transcripts and reference letters, are received by the deadline.

If you are considering applying for a doctoral-level Tri-Council and/or Affiliated Fellowship, please NOTIFY me of your intention by September 7.  The LFS Graduate Office will be experiencing some unexpected staffing shortages during September and October.  In order to ensure adequate administrative support for this award competition, it will help us a great deal if we know in advance of your intention to apply so that we can set realistic and workable deadlines.


UBC Affiliated Fellowships:

The UBC Affiliated Fellowships doctoral competition runs in concert with the university-adjudicated NSERC and SSHRC CGS doctoral competitions. Students who submit an NSERC or SSHRC application to their graduate program are eligible for open Affiliated Fellowships and do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships application. (To be considered for criteria-based affiliated fellowship(s), students should submit this checklist ( with their NSERC or SSHRC application to their graduate program.) Those applying only for Vanier CGS or CIHR Doctoral Research Award must submit a separate and complete Affiliated Fellowships application in order to be considered.

Updated competition information and application/reference forms are available at:


SSHRC and NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D):

Applicants applying through UBC will either be:

  • currently registered at (or were registered at during the year of application), or are on an approved leave of absence from, a degree program at UBC
  • not currently registered at UBC; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have completed all of the requirements for a degree program from UBC since 1 January 2017

Both agencies have application forms and instructions online. Please see their websites for further information:




CIHR Doctoral Research Award:

Details for this funding opportunity are available on ResearchNet:

Institutional e-Approval for CIHR Doctoral Research Award is obtained from the Office of Research Services (ORS). Detailed requirements and e-submission procedures are available online at:

UBC (ORS) deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CIHR (ResearchNet) deadline: 5 p.m. (Vancouver time) on Tuesday, 3 October 2017.

Graduate Student (M.Sc./Ph.D.) Assistantship M.Sc./Ph.D. Domestic Animal Reproductive Biology


Graduate Student (M.Sc./Ph.D.) Assistantship
M.Sc./Ph.D. Domestic Animal Reproductive Biology

Supervisor: Dr. David Barrett, Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture
Location: Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Truro, NS
Project: This opportunity is for a student interested in domestic animal reproductive biology.
Most research has been focused on ruminants and controlled breeding strategies, phytoestrogens,
and/or beneficial fatty acids.

Stipend: A minimum of $16,500/year for two/three years (M.Sc./Ph.D.); dependent on external funding.

Qualifications: The applicant must meet the criteria for admission to the M.Sc./Ph.D. Program, which includes a B.Sc. (Honours)/M.Sc. degree in agriculture, animal science, biology, or a related field. The applicant must also have a minimum GPA of 73% in the last two years of study. The student should have an interest in biochemistry, physiology, and perhaps nutrition. The applicant should also have undergraduate/graduate lab experience in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and perhaps nutrition. Knowledge of reproductive endocrinology will be an asset, as is farm animal experience. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.
Start Date: May 1, 2018, but possibly later

For additional information on research projects, please contact Dr. David Barrett, Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, P.O. Box 550, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5E3 (; 902-896-2305)

To Apply or for Graduate Program Information:
For further information about the M.Sc. Program at Dalhousie University, and for application information, please contact Pamela Sutherland at or visit the Faculty of Agriculture web site at

For further information about the Ph.D. Program at Dalhousie University, and for application information, please contact Carolyn Young at or visit the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science web site at

The Master of Science program with a specialization in agriculture is offered by the Faculty of Agriculture of Dalhousie University
The Doctor of Philosophy program at the Faculty of Agriculture is currently offered by the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University

Reminder: VANIER Canada Graduate Scholarships


Call for Nominations: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

The application form is completed online on ResearchNet (

The deadline for applicants to submit applications on ResearchNet is 11:59 pm (PDT – Vancouver time) on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

The deadline for graduate programs to submit nominations to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

For full details, please see our website at

Important notes regarding student mobility:

·         Vanier scholars are encouraged to continuously broaden their research horizons and seek new challenges. For this reason, Vanier CGS candidates are strongly encouraged to pursue their studies at a university other than that (or those) which granted their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Candidates who are nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree must provide a strong and compelling rationale, in the Special Circumstances section of the application, as to why they have chosen to undertake their PhD at the same university.

·         Though the majority of UBC’s Vanier nominees will have a previous affiliation with UBC, we strongly encourage faculty members to identify and consider prospective students from universities beyond UBC.

For Vanier CGS program news and reminders, please see:



Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies – Faculty & Staff website (

Graduate student orientation volunteer opportunities


Volunteer for New Graduate Student Orientation

International Student Development and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Orientation events will take place on Thursday, August 31st  with other orientation activities, including workshops and social events scheduled through September (see the schedule at ). There are numerous orientation-related volunteer positions to be filled. Applicants must be current UBC Graduate Students in their 2nd year or later to apply. If you are interested, please send an email to: and we will provide further information on specific events. 

Check out for more events and opportunities, including:

Developing Course Goals and Learning Objectives, Monday, August 28

Using Active Learning, Monday, August 28

Developing a Learner-Centered Syllabus, Tuesday, August 29

Approaching Teaching as a Scholarly Activity, Tuesday, August 29

Introduction to Canvas Basics (for TAs), Several sessions throughout August – September

Sharing and Rethinking Approaches to Assessment, Tuesday, August 29

Teaching and Learning with Technologies Panel, Wednesday, August 30

Vancouver Nanomedicine Day, Friday, September 29, 2017


Please let me know if you have questions.  

Thank you,

Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool