Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST for February 9, 13 & 15, 2020 OPENS DEC 23!


The waitlist for the Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) for February 9, 13 & 15, 2020 opens on December 23, 2019.

The ISW is a three-day, fully participatory, and peer-based professional development workshop for graduate students that is beneficial to both new and experienced instructors. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a certificate of completion and a transcript notation. Participants will have the opportunity to teach three mini-lessons to a group of students, receive critical feedback on their teaching, provide feedback to their peers, and reflect on their teaching practices. For more information, visit the ISW Network official site.

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must attend all three days for the complete duration of the workshop, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.

To register for the February 9, 13 & 15, 2020 please sign up here:

Waitlist registration will close on February 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm. By clicking this link, you are signing up for the WAITLIST only,  this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. Graduate ISWs at UBC are in high demand. To create an equitable registration process all graduate students who register for an ISW will first be enrolled on a waitlist, from which participants are randomly selected. If a participant has registered for more than one ISW waitlist, their name will appear more frequently when generating the participant list, giving them a higher chance of being selected for an ISW. IF you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office to confirm your registration. For more information and a list of all upcoming sessions visit:

Elisa Herman
Event Coordinator
Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214-1961 East Mall  | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871 | @UBC_CTLT

Call for Applications: CIHR CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements


CIHR CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – 3rd intake for 2019-2020

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched a third intake for the 2019-2020 competition with the intention of awarding the remaining supplements from the two previous intakes. CIHR has sufficient funds for approximately 8 awards nationally. Eligible applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Complete and eligible applications will be forwarded to CIHR as they are received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicant eligibility: Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Vanier CGS or a Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master’s or doctoral level. Please note that international students who hold a Vanier CGS are not eligible for this award.

Award value: Up to CAD $6,000 for two to six months

Applicant deadline: First come, first served – Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline: 4:00 pm on Friday, 24 January 2020.

For details about this competition, please see:

RES 500C: Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology


***New course announcement – extra seats released***

We are very pleased to announce that we have a new graduate course that is open to graduate students in all departments. We have added a few slots to this new course so please sign up if you are interested:

RES 500C:  Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology

Instructor: Dr. Claire Kremen

2019W, Term 2

View the syllabus here

Course Description

This course is a graduate level seminar with lecture and discussion covering advanced topics in conservation of biological diversity.   We will read a mixture of foundational as well as recent papers covering a range of current topics within Conservation Biology.  One of the most exciting aspects of the course is that students will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams on an active conservation project, commissioned by international and local NGOs (for example, World Wildlife Fund and Delta Wildlife Farmland Trust).   Students will prepare deliverables that will help these organizations in their current on-the-ground work, under the guidance of the instructor and the project lead(s) from respective NGOs.  Group projects represent an exciting and unique opportunity to learn while contributing to conservation, and can lead to future projects or co-authored publications, resumé-building and networking.  Students will also gain experience leading discussions and developing interactive class exercises.


All graduate students with some background in ecology and a strong interest in conservation are welcome.  Students with any prior experience in GIS, statistics, economics, decision support tools, data science OR other quantitative skills, and/or background in policy, business, planning and social sciences, are also particularly encouraged to enroll.  



Call For Nominations: Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships


Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships

NOTE: please notify Lia ( about your intention of applying ASAP but not later than Friday, January 17, 2020. 

Internal deadline January 31, 2020

The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Indigenous students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition, administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year.

Each fellowship provides a stipend of $18,200 per year for doctoral students or a stipend of $16,175 per year for Master’s students. Additionally, AGF recipients are eligible to receive tuition funding. Tuition funding will not exceed the current value of the standard doctoral or Master’s degree tuition fees. Applicants for Master’s funding will receive fellowship funding until the end of their second year of Master’s studies; applicants for doctoral funding will receive fellowship funding for four years or until the end of their fifth year of doctoral studies, whichever comes first.  In all cases, continued fellowship support is conditional on satisfactory academic progress. Recipients of Master’s fellowship funding must re-apply to be considered for doctoral funding.

All Indigenous students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Indigenous students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and may include Indigenous students from Alaska and other states of the USA. The University may request further information to confirm Indigenous eligibility.

Application and nomination details

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility & Agronomy, University of Manitoba


University of Manitoba

Department of Soil Science

Position Start Date: April 1, 2020
Position Number: 28506
Title: Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Agronomy (Tenure Track)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posting End Date: January 31, 2020

Job Description:
The Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Soil Fertility and Agronomy at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position begins on April 1, 2020, or as soon as possible after that. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The position will contribute to teaching, research, service and outreach functions grounded in the Department’s pillars of sustainable food production systems, soil and environmental health, greenhouse gas and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and seasonally-frozen soils and environments.

The successful applicant will be a core contributor to the agronomic expertise in the Department
( and FAFS, and will develop an externally-funded field research program focusing on the effects of nutrient management on crop yield, crop quality, agricultural sustainability and environmental quality. The successful applicant will benefit from excellent research facilities and the intense dedication to research, teaching, and outreach by Department members. Anticipated establishment of an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in 4R Nutrient Management provides the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to be a member of a team to strengthen the Department as a leader in soil fertility, crop nutrition and nutrient management in Canada. The Department has excellent research infrastructure and facilities, including the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, a 406-acre facility located 70 km southwest of Winnipeg; and the Glenlea Research Station, a 1,000-acre facility 20 km south of Winnipeg, as well as successful cooperation with farmers for siting field trials across Manitoba. The Department also benefits from collaborations with other institutions and with provincial and federal departments, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which has two major centres in Manitoba: the Cereal Research Centre located at Morden, and the Brandon Research and Development Centre. The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is home to the National Centre for Livestock and Environment (NCLE,, which engages in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency research partnerships focused on furthering the long term economic and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and crop production systems.

Qualified applicants must possess a Ph.D. in soil science, agronomy or a closely related discipline with a focus on soil fertility, crop nutrition, and/or nutrient management; a record of excellence in field research as demonstrated by scholarly publications; the potential for developing an exciting and impactful field research program, including supervision of graduate students; demonstrated ability or potential for high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching; and excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to engage with a wide audience, including farmers and the agricultural industry. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in soil fertility and related subjects in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS).

Additional Information:
The University of Manitoba, founded more than 140 years ago, is located in Winnipeg and is Manitoba’s largest research-intensive university. The University community is comprised of close to 30,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and over 140,000 alumni. A vibrant, prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000, Winnipeg boasts world-class arts and entertainment, professional sports teams, and an affordable, balanced lifestyle; for more information, visit

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Applicants are requested to submit the following materials, preferably via email as one PDF file attachment, by the application deadline of January 31, 2020. These materials will be shared with the members of the search committee.

1) A cover letter
2) Short statements of:
a) Research interests and scholarly work in relation to soil fertility, crop nutrition and nutrient management;
b) Experience in, and approach to, training and mentoring a diverse student population
3) A curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees
4) Other materials that help support the applicant’s application

Send to:
Dr. Francis Zvomuya,
Head, Department of Soil Science,
University of Manitoba 362 Ellis Building,
13 Freedman Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2 Canada
Telephone: (204) 474-9932
Please refer to Position Number 28506 in the subject line.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” (Manitoba). If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Valerie Williams at or (204) 474-8371.