VANIER Competition


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:

Tri-Council and Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral competition


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.

FBC Flood Manager Job Posting


 LinkedIn job post:  

Please share if you know someone, ideally with previous experience.


Thank you, 

Tamara Litke

Sustainability and Community Programs | UBC Botanical Garden including Nitobe Memorial Garden

Faculty of Science l The University of British Columbia

6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4 

Tours:  l  Volunteer: l Direct: 

@ubcgarden | |  l Phone  604-827-3907

UBC Education, Vancouver Aquarium and HR MacMillan Space Centre Joint Initiative – Sky, Water, Earth


UBC Faculty of Education is reaching out to teachers across the province to announce a year-long joint initiative between UBC Faculty of Education, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, and the HR MacMillan Space Centre launching in September 2017 – the Sky, Water, Earth project.

I’m writing to inform you about this resource available for your students, and also to ask if you could help share this with faculty, staff and students of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems? We are hoping to reach broadly across the province. To assist with sharing:

  • The text below that can be copied to email/listservs, websites, or newsletters
  • You can download and share the promotional poster.

About Sky, Water, Earth

Sky, Water, Earth is a free, online, self-paced resource that takes the form of a career preparation initiative for youths who are interested in the field of science. This is a year-long joint initiative between UBC Faculty of Education, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, and the HR MacMillan Space Centre

We invite all BC Teachers to take a look at this exceptional resource available from September 2017 to September 2018, and we are hoping you will share this learning opportunity with your students to encourage and support their interest in science.

Students complete competency-based activities delivered through playlists, and will earn points which can be redeemed for a variety of unique Real-World Opportunities. These opportunities are curated to build success in their academic and professional careers (e.g.: job shadowing, personal interviews with science professionals (Marine Biologists, Astronomers, UBC Faculty of Science Instructors), LinkedIn recommendations, network events).

The project guides youths to participate in learning playlists that help them build competencies outlined by the National Research Council Canada (NRC), some of which overlap with the BC Curriculum Core Competencies. Learners choose the playlists they want to work on with each highlighting one more of the NRC competencies for excellence in research – such as creative thinking, communication, teamwork, and more.

The activities, developed by Educators, Career Counsellors, Graduate Students and Instructional Designers, lead learners to produce concrete evidence that demonstrates such competencies. Participants will build on their resume and practical experience, expand their personal and professional networks, and ultimately become more employable in their future careers.


Learners can sign-up now and preview the playlists that will launch in September 2017. New playlists will launch throughout the 12-month project. Examples of the playlists include:


Grade Level

Anyone can engage the playlists, and we encourage anyone with an interest to do so, though the activities are developed at a Grade 11 – 2nd year undergrad level.

Spread the Word

The Sky, Water, Earth project is available to anyone with an interest. As an educator here in BC, we hope you take some time to review this free resource and find value in sharing it with your students to fuel their passion in the field of science.

If you are planning to attend the BCTF PSA Super Conference in October, please look for our booth there – we’ll have posters and other items to share!



UBC Faculty of Education

Graduate Programs: Waitlist Registration is now OPEN for the October 15, 19, 21 2017 Grad ISW


Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) October 15, 19, 21 2017. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.   The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. 

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must be able to attend all three days, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.  Please find attached the policy for registering in an ISW and an FAQ sheet.  

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the October 15, 19, 21 2017, please go to the following link and sign-up: . Waitlist registration will close on Friday at 4:30pm. By clicking this link, you can register for the waitlist, however this does not register you for the workshop. If you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted directly by our office. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Elissa Morris 
Events Assistant | Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver
214-1961 East Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871| | @UBC_CTLT