Spring Graduate Awards Competition


INTERNAL Deadline – May 14, 2019

Please notify me of your intention of applying by Friday, May 10th

Spring Graduate Awards Competition

A number of criteria-based awards for the 2019/20 academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. Applicants will apply via their graduate programs with a single application that may be considered for as many of the awards as they are eligible for, taking note of the following important considerations:

  • Eligibility: To be eligible to receive funding, applicants must meet allthe criteria for each award they apply for. Applicants must clearly address their eligibility as specifically to the award criteria as possible.
  • Selection: While award recipients will be selected based on academic merits, priority will be given to eligible candidates who do not already hold significant scholarship funding (e.g., external, 4YF, Affiliated Fellowship, etc.).

Deadline for nominations to G+PS: 4 p.m. on Friday, 24 May 2019. (Applicants: Please check with your graduate program for your department’s internal deadline.)

For more information, such as the eligibility criteria and application materials: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/spring-graduate-awards-competition

Farm to Cafeteria Conference Bursaries available


Hope you’ve heard that this year’s Farm to Cafeteria Canada Conference is happening in Victoria from May 15-17.


If you’d like to go but cost is an issue, there are still bursaries available for farmers & students plus discounts for volunteers.

A stipend of $300 is available for farmers, students and others who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference for financial reasons.

The conference organizers are still looking for volunteers who would be be able to get into the 2 day event for $150 to cover basic food cost.

To apply, please contact Marcus Lobb at Coordinator@farmtocafeteriacanada.ca


Amara Farm
Courtenay, BC
(250) 702-5657

Call for Applications 2019


               Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education

Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship for students in soil and related sciences

The Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Soil Science Scholarship provides financial support to a student entering the second or subsequent year of graduate studies in soil science (agriculture, environment, geology, agro-ecology or other related disciplines) at a Canadian university. 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.

One scholarship of $2,000 will be offered in 2019.

Scholarships are awarded using the following criteria, not listed in order of importance:

  • Academic achievement
  • Areas of study
  • Leadership
  • Career interests
  • References

This scholarship was created by Dr. Karl C. Ivarson through a gift to the Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education.  2019 Application Guidelines and Application Form can be found at http://cffae.ca/ivarson-soils/.

Deadline for Application – 11:59 pm EDT, May 27, 2019

Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education

300 Earl Grey Drive, Suite 233

Ottawa, Ontario K2T 1C1





Help us to help YOU

The 2019 Graduate Student Society Survey is OPEN

This is the fifth year we have run the survey and the answers and opinions collected help us identify the most pressing challenges faced by graduate students, and then advocate for improvements in areas such as graduate student funding, housing, and career preparation.

You can read more about how we advocate for you and then complete the survey



Celebrate with the GSS

Come join us for this End of the Year Grad Party at Koerner’s Pub.

Your ticket includes 2 drinks + snacks. Still thirsty? There will be $3/$6 highballs and $4 Lucky promos for our group only.

We have booked the whole venue for 2 hours but feel free to stay afterwards and enjoy the evening!



GSS Writing Bootcamp

Lose the distraction and focus on your writing

Separate yourself from distractions and non-research responsibilities, and surround yourself with a community of writers at the GSS’s one-day academic bootcamp on April 27th, hosted by the award-winning instructor and editor Dr. Letitia Henville of shortishard.ca

This bootcamp is open to all UBC graduate students.

This one-day writing intensive is structured to break writing anxieties and foster effective writing habits. With a mix of short writing bursts and breaks for structured conversations about academic writing and editing, this bootcamp will help you to push your writing substantially forward.

Sign me up


Your Voice Matters!

Be part of this consultation to determine the space needs and programming for the Grad Life Centre project.

This project – which is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society, VP-Students Office and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies – aims to explore the feasibility of creating a vibrant Graduate Life Centre at UBC

You can find more information about the Grad Life Center HERE, under Enhancing Graduate Student Community

Sign me up

Try one of Canada’s most popular sports

Take to the ice rink and try one of the most popular sports in Canada: curling.

Learn the skills of sweeping, drawing and guarding and become a master of the stones.

We’ll have private instructors, exclusively for UBC graduate students.

Learn more

Summer softball with friends

The annual GSS Softball League is back!

Gather your teammates and dig out your gloves because registration opens on April 29th.

Teams must consist of at least 9 athletes, 2 of the opposite gender in the field at all times. Registration is open to all UBC Graduate Students with each team allowed 3 non-graduate students.


Volunteer at the biggest academic event of the year

Congress 2019 will be hosted at The University of British Columbia (on the Vancouver campus) from June 1 to June 7, 2019. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. It is expected to attract 10,000 visitors to campus.

UBC is looking to fill more than 900 volunteer positions. As well as interesting opportunities, volunteers will be able to attend events at Congress and network with scholars from across the world.



Community Announcements.


Celebrate Learning Week (CLW)

From April 29–May 5, UBC is celebrating teaching & learning through open lectures, poster sessions, workshops & more! Want to showcase your event during Celebrate Learning Week? Submit it online by April 8: : http://celebratelearning.ubc.ca/


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Events

Roadmap to Resilience in Graduate School and Beyond, Wed May 01 | 3 – 6 pm | Event and registration details here

Breaking Patterns of Procrastination, Wed May 01 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm | Event and registration details here

There are still seats remaining in this week’s:

Getting your Research in the Press (and quoted correctly), Thu April 25 | 10 – 12pm| Register  here

GPS Update: Roadmap to Resilience + Breaking Patterns of Procrastination + More!


Registration is now open for:

Roadmap to Resilience in Graduate School and Beyond, Wed May 01 | 3 – 6 pm | Event and registration details here

Breaking Patterns of Procrastination, Wed May 01 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm | Event and registration details here

There are still seats remaining in this week’s:

Getting your Research in the Press (and quoted correctly), Thu April 25 | 10 – 12pm| Register here

Check out community.grad.ubc.ca for other opportunities including:


Career Conference (ONLINE), Sessions on Leaving Academia, Networking, Cover Letter & Resumes & More, May 4th, with fees

Career Conference (ONLINE), Career Panels on Higher Education, Non-Profit, Business and Government, May 11th, with fees

Grad School Success

R Study Group: May 1


Networking Skills (Mitacs Training) @UBC Robson Square, May 1st

Science Slam (Science Communication Competition), May 11th

Celebrate Learning Week @UBC (Theme: Inclusive Teaching)|  Apr 29 – May 5 | Event Schedule

 International Students

Study Permit Extension Group Application Review Session: Apr 30, May 3

Post-Graduation Work Permit Group Application Review Session: Apr 30, May 3

Please let me know if you have questions!

Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueum Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | @ubcgradschool