Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships

 

Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships
Value: $40,000 stipend plus $20,000 travel allowance per year, for up to 4 years
Applicant deadline: 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 24 October 2016
Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research related to one of its four founding 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.
Eligibility
  • Candidates must be applying into the first year of a PhD at UBC, or be registered in the first or second year of a PhD at UBC.
  • Although priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, up to one scholar in four per given year may be a foreign national registered full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution. This applies in particular to students from emerging nations.
Applications are submitted via the Trudeau Foundation application portal:
Please note that there is no graduate program nomination process. 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.

 

Things to be interested in!

From our friends at Graduate Pathways to Success:

Committees!

There seems to be some lore about being stuck with committees. At any stage, you have the agency to change your committee. You are NEVER obligated to have a particular faculty member as your supervisor or as a committee member. There might be some administrative legwork to change up your committee, particularly when you are in the midst of the thesis-writing stage, but it’s never not an option.

Consider this post a public service announcement.

Language Requirement

You must have knowledge of a language other than English. There are lots of ways to satisfy this:

  • If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, you need to show some evidence for that (like a high school or undergraduate transcript).
  • 12 university credits of a language (many of you may have this from your undergraduate degree).
  • If you passed a reading/translation exam at your previous university.
  • A translation/reading exam at UBC. Some language departments at UBC periodically schedule reading knowledge examinations. Evaluation of a student’s language competence is based on the translation of a text (approximately 1000 words) relating to the student’s field of study. Minimally, a second class standing (B- or better) in such an exam must be obtained in order to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement.
    • For further information on such examinations, contact the appropriate departments. I’ll add them here, as you tell them to me.
    • French-Spanish-Italian schedule: Friday, September 16, 2017 and Friday, January 13, 2017 from 3:30-5pm in Buchanan Tower 898.

Don’t let this requirement slip your mind! The language requirement must be met by the time of the submission of the thesis (MA or PhD) prospectus.

A timeline for your PhD Dissertation

Whether you are submitting an extension (in which case this is a requirement) or just being a diligent planner, you’ll want to be thinking about a timeline to your defense date. Grad Studies has a bunch of information, but I’m going to condense a bit of it for you here.

If you are working against a ticking clock, you want to work backwards from when you want to defend.

  • Another 16 weeks before you want to defend, you* need to submit the form nominating an external examiner (who this is is often, but not always, decided in collaboration with your supervisor)
  • About 6-8 weeks before you want to defend, submit your dissertation so it can go out to the external examiner.
  • Minimally 4 weeks before you want to defend, (1) Confirm university examiners (who is asked is often, but not always, decided in collaboration with your supervisor), (2) request a date, and (3) submit a program.
  • Defend that thesis! (And have fun while doing it. That’s a new rule under my Grad Advising regime.)
  • Allow yourself 4 weeks to complete the final revisions to your dissertation**, and get everything submitted before your end of program date.

If you are making a timeline for an extension, give specific month/year designations for these landmarks.

* I say “you” here, but a lot of these “yous” mean your supervisor or your committee. You (as in you-you) often need to be assertive and initiate movement on these items.

** When creating a timeline for grad studies, this is a good estimate, but be aware that the amount of revisions and the timeline associated with them are determined by your examination committee.

Tri-Agency / Affiliated Doctoral Competition Information

Deadline: Monday, October 3 to the Linguistics Department.
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.
  • Updated competition information and application/reference forms for the Affiliated Fellowships are available here.
  • A list of 4YF holders who are required to apply for Tri-Agency scholarships in the Fall 2016 competition is posted here.
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 2016
Both agencies — SSHRC and NSERC — have application forms and instructions online. Please see their websites for further detail.

New Ph.D. Program Requirements

The Ph.D. (and M.A.) requirements are being modified to reflect a better balance of depth and breadth in your graduate-level training. Here is the new plan, which we will be implementing as we can this year (2016W) and will be fully implementing next year (2017W).

(Remember those new courses that are on the horizon? Be thinking about those, as you process this information.)

Breadth requirement. Complete at least 3 courses from the following list for a total of 9 credits:

  • LING 508 (Phonetics)
  • LING 510 (Phonology)
  • LING 520 (Syntax)
  • LING 525 (Semantics)

Depth requirement. Complete at least 5 courses from the following list, including at least 1 section of LING 530 for a total of 15 credits.

  • LING 5XX (Acquisition)
  • LING 532 (Field Methods in Linguistics II)
  • LING 505A (Morphology)
  • LING 5XX (Phonetics)
  • LING 5XX (Phonology)
  • LING 5XX (Semantics)
  • LING 5XX (Syntax)
  • LING 530 (Seminars on assorted topics)

Methods requirement. You’ll need  a total of 9 credits of methods courses to complete this requirement. You must complete LING 531 (Field Methods) and at least 3 credits of Linguistics methods courses*.  For the remaining credits you could take an additional field methods course (LING 532) or an appropriate course in a different department (statistics, logic, etc.).

Important note! We used to require that a Ph.D. student had to be registered in a LING 530 seminar until they were ABD. Now they just must be registered in any course other than a thesis credit course. Easy peasy.

*These new methods courses do not exist at all yet! For the time being students will have to take Ling 518 to complete this methods bit.

New M.A. Program Requirements

The M.A. (and Ph.D.) requirements are being modified to reflect a better balance of depth and breadth in your graduate-level training. Here is the new plan, which we will be implementing as we can this year (2016W) and will be fully implementing next year (2017W).

(Remember those new courses that are on the horizon? Be thinking about those, as you process this information.)

Breadth requirement. Complete at least 3 courses from the following list for a total of 9 credits:

  • LING 508 (Phonetics)
  • LING 510 (Phonology)
  • LING 520 (Syntax)
  • LING 525 (Semantics)

Methods requirement. Complete LING 531 (Field Methods) and at least 3 credits of Linguistics methods courses* for a total of 6 credits.

Thesis. This is 6 credits.

Choose your own adventure! An additional 9 credits are to be chosen with approval from the supervisory committee; courses may be from Linguistics or another appropriate department. This is where these new courses will be key.

*These new methods courses do not exist at all yet! For the time being students will have to take Ling 518 to complete this methods bit.

New courses for 2017W

Lots of changes are afoot!

In 2017W we are adding upper level undergraduate courses to be co-taught with graduate level courses, renumbering some of the graduate courses, and adding some new ones altogether. Starting in 2017W (we hope) there will be:

Undergrad/Grad Courses

  • LING 410 (to be taught along with LING 510); pre-requisite: LING 311
  • LING 425 (to be taught along with LING 525); pre-requisite: LING 327
  • LING 420 (to be taught along with LING 520); pre-requisite: LING 300

New Grad Courses 

  • LING 5XX: Phonetics; pre-requisite, LING 508
  • LING 5XX: Phonology: pre-requisite, LING 510
  • LING 5XX: Semantics: pre-requisite, LING 525
  • LING 5XX: Syntax: pre-requisite, LING 520
  • LING 5XX: Acquisition; either LING 451 or 452

LING530s will no longer be 1 year, but just single term seminars. There will be at least 3 of them offered every academic year. We are also getting rid of Ling 518.

This is all pretty exciting!

Areal requirements for Qualifying Papers

QPs used to have to be in different areas. The problem was we all had different definitions of different areas! So, the new requirement is now:

Each Ph.D. student is required to submit two Qualifying Papers in areas to be established in consultation with and subject to approval by the supervisory committee. Balancing a student’s research interests with attention to research breadth should be a major goal in choosing topics.

Let’s also have a major goal being everyone finishing their QPs in a timely fashion. #gradstudentgoals #isyoloappropriatehere