Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships


Up to 20 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World and People and their Natural Environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.  The University of British Columbia can nominate up to 4 candidates to the national competition.

Value: $40,000 stipend plus up to $20,000 research and travel allowance per year for three years

UBC applicant deadline: 11:59pm PST on Friday, December 13, 2019

Please note that there is no graduate program nomination process. Applicants submit their application via the Trudeau Foundation online portal by the application deadline, after which the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee composed of UBC faculty members to review applications and select UBC’s nominees to the national competition.

For further information, such as detailed eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and application procedures, please visit our webpage:

LFS Community Meeting, Nov 26 – Call for agenda items


Mark your calendars for the next LFS Community on Tuesday, Nov. 26. If you would like to suggest an agenda item to share with faculty and staff, please email The meeting will take place from 12:15-1:30pm in Michael Smith Labs, Room 101.

Click here to add this meeting to your Outlook calendar.

LFS Community Meeting, Nov 26 – Call for agenda items

Mark your calendars for the next LFS Community on Tuesday, Nov. 26. If you would like to suggest an agenda item to share with faculty and staff, please email The meeting will take place from 12:15-1:30pm in Michael Smith Labs, Room 101.

Click here to add this meeting to your Outlook calendar.

Industry Nights – Spotlight on Cannabis; exclusive event for UBC students, alumni and faculty


Next Monday, there will be a networking event for UBC students, alumni and faculty that are interested in developing a career in the Cannabis Industry. This event was organized by the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers and sponsored by the Master of Food and Resource Economics.

Free admission. RSVP required through

Event name: Industry Nights – Spotlight on Cannabis

Date & Time: Monday, November 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Venue: Jack Poole Hall – Alumni Centre

At this exclusive event for UBC students, alumni and faculty you are invited to discover all the opportunities within the Cannabis industry, now valued at $5.7 Billion dollars in Canada, and how you can position yourself for a career in the sector. 

We will have a keynote address by Cannabis expert Dr. Jonathan Page, who is both Chief Science Officer at Aurora Cannabis and UBC Adjunct Professor of Botany, followed by a panel of professionals who are currently leaders in the field, to share their experiences and insights.

There will also be a Q & A session and an opportunity to network with many UBC alumni who are working in the Cannabis industry.
This event is open to students and alumni from all faculties and majors including Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students.
Leading Cannabis companies will also be exhibiting in a mini-job fair format and share job opportunities.

Panellists include:

  • Dr. M-J Milloy – Research Scientist – Cannabis Science Professor at UBC
  • Tegan Adams – CEO – New Maple Holdings
  • KD Khairah – Chief Executive Officer/Founder – CanMar Recruitment


Please share and distribute it as you deem appropriate. Thank you.



UnBecoming Modernity Conference


We are writing to invite you to be present at the Unbecoming Modern congress.

Unbecoming Modernity is a student led congress continuing the work of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective, an intergenerational group of educators and lifelong learners who have been grappling with questions of the violence enacted in and through the modern habit of being. As a collective, we seek to better understand and render visible the violence [on bodies, on land, on minds] that constitutes modernity, and which continues to sustain its functioning in the present. The project is a weekend-long gathering held on UBC campus, involving both embodied exercises and critical conversations exploring the possibility of a decolonial future.

One  purpose of Unbecoming Modernity is to create space for vulnerable conversation aimed towards making visible and unlearningwhere and how our commitment to modernity naturalizes unsustainable ways of living that continue to treat the land as a resource for extraction and marginalizes Indigenous, racialized and queer peoples. Elders and facilitators will host embodied workshops to open up exiled capacities and empathic relations to deepen our capacities to relate beyond modernity. This event is multidisciplinary, and we will be engaging in conversation, movement, song and dance–all various approaches to becoming aware and unlearning.

Date: November 16 and 17, from 10-6pm

Location: UBC’s Wood Processing Center, Room FSC 2916, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Unceded Musqueam Traditional Territory

Lunch & midday snacks (gluten free and vegan) will be offered.

Please RSVP here:

We acknowledge that this event will take place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam peoples. Please, if you can, be here on Coast Salish territories with us for the weekend.

Attached to this email is an Audio File invitation to this work.

Accessibility info:

Please refrain from wearing scents. Some herbs, including but not limited to Sage and Palo may be brought into the space for burning. Animals are welcome.

There is an elevator in the building, and our congress is located on the second floor. There is an accessible entrance located on the south side of the building on Thunderbird Crescent across from the Thunderbird Residences. This entrance is level and accessible and has a power door. Please see UBC Wayfinding for more details. (LINK)

Bathrooms are gendered and wheelchair accessible.

Please circulate this to those you know who may be interested in sharing space!

With gratitude,

The Unbecoming Modernity Youth Collective

Apply to GPP 591C Lind Initiative Seminar: Thinking While Black


GPP 591C Lind Initiative Seminar: Thinking While Black

UBC students are invited to apply to the 3-credit Lind Initiative Seminar on the topic of the 2020 Phil Lind Initiative series, Thinking While Black, taking place in Term 2 at UBC Vancouver.


WHAT: A 3 credit course

WHEN: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Winter Term 2, January – April, 2020
Please note: One class is scheduled from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

WHERE: Liu Institute for Global Issues – Boardroom

WHO CAN APPLY: This is a competitive entry graduate course for UBC students from any faculty. Graduate students and fourth-year undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: Applications close November 30, 2019 (11:45 PM).


Led by Dr. Phanuel Antwi, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of English Language and Literatures, this seminar series will explore the theme, Thinking While Black, with visits from some of the world’s leading intellectuals on the topic including Claudia Rankine, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Ibram X. Kendi, and Jesmyn Ward.

By fundamentally shaping American iconographies, language, media, and cultural productions, blackness, as a form and concept, has given American culture its identity. This series asks how Blackness manifests in often unconnected guises that can be tracked through the event of racial violence, and what can be done about it. In framing Blackness as both a culture and a critical mode of thinking, one that offers possibilities for all of us to rethinking the self, this series will meditate on the structures of race in North America, and will spotlight the seemingly disconnected forms of racial violence that hide in plain sight: the murders of innocent black men by state police and private citizens acting as militia; the disproportional rates of incarceration that Michelle Alexander has named “The New Jim Crow;” the disproportional rates of sexual assault on black women that manifested in the #MeToo movement (started by Tarana Burke); the disproportional rates of discrimination and violence experienced by black queers and trans people within the queer community; the high rates of addiction, HIV, and diabetes in Black communities; the violence of American militarism through drone warfare and weapons sales across the globe. How, despite shifts in rhetoric and political policy, have so many forms of racial violence persisted? How, we ask, can we rethink ourselves by understanding our relations to blackness?

Please find the 2020 Phil Lind Initiative series details here.


Lindsay Marsh
Manager, Communications and Program Development
School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
303 – 6476 NW Marine Drive | Vancouver B.C. | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 1672
@ubcSPPGA | @ubcMPPGA