A number of opportunities are available to individuals who are interested in joining UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

If you are interested in pursuing research on global issues, consider applying to the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP), offered in collaboration with UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. As an ISGP candidate, you will have the opportunity to conduct advanced issue-based research that not only crosses disciplines and departmental boundaries, but also cultivates new interdisciplinary methods and techniques.

*ISGP students who also apply and are admitted to the Liu Scholars program receive priority for student space at the Liu Institute.

Established in 2009, the Liu Scholars program brings together exceptional students interested in using their research and disciplinary expertise to work on public policy and global issues.

The Liu Lobby Gallery, a space for creative dialogue and expression about global issues, has been curated by various Liu Scholars over the years.

The research contributions of our postdoctoral fellows are indispensable to the UBC community and their chosen fields of study. As a postdoctoral fellow, you will work under the general supervision of a SPPGA faculty member and may assist in supervising graduate students.


If you have completed a doctoral degree and are seeking further training in a particular area of research, speak to a SPPGA faculty member directly about the possibility of a postdoctoral fellowship.

Our visiting fellows are influential scholars, activists, artists, leaders and practitioners who represent a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Their role at the Liu Institute is to facilitate interdisciplinary, problem-based research on global issues and provide a supportive learning environment for Liu Scholars and postdoctoral fellows.

Together, UBC’s Liu Institute and Green College also welcome one Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College each year.


The Liu Institute invites visiting fellowship applications throughout the year. For details on admission requirements and application deadlines, contact Jaylene Olson.

Yale-UBC International Fox Fellowships

The Yale-UBC Fox International Fellows Program promotes international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the next generation of leaders. Funded through Yale University, the program supports UBC students who are interested in spending up to a year at Yale, and Yale students who are interested in spending up to a year at UBC.


A number of scholarships, fellowships and awards are available to individuals who are interested in joining UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The most prestigious postdoctoral award in Canada, this fellowship is presented to the very best postdoctoral researchers nationally and internationally. These individuals not only enrich the UBC research community, but also contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth.

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships

If you recently earned a PhD from a university other than UBC and you are interested in continuing your studies, consider applying for the Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship. Open to candidates in all fields of research from around the world, this award provides funding support for up to two years.

Olav Slaymaker Fellowship in Environment

Endowed by the Simons Foundation and UBC in recognition of Dr. Slaymaker’s contributions to environmental research, $12,000 is available for one or more incoming PhD students who are pursuing environmental studies and affiliated with the Liu Institute. Fellowships are awarded at the time of admission by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on recommendation of the Liu Institute.

Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security

The Liu Institute for Global Issues in the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs offers the award to UBC students intending to undertake research on topics related to nuclear disarmament and global security.

Students selected will produce a research paper. They will also be expected to attend any seminars, workshops and other activities related to nuclear disarmament and global security organized by the Liu Institute for Global Issues or the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Upon satisfactory production of the paper, undergraduate and graduate students will receive awards of $1,000 and $1,500 respectively.

Thurlow Fellowship

The James and Setsuko Thurlow Scholarship in Peace and Disarmament Studies offers a $5,000 scholarship for a graduate student who is pursuing studies in peace and disarmament or weapons of mass destruction. The fellowship is awarded at the time of admission on recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Tri-Council Awards

Although they are very competitive, Tri-Council Awards provide significant support for full-time graduate students. If you are an eligible master’s or doctoral student with a first-class average (minimum of 80 percent), you are encouraged to apply to the relevant granting council:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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Teaching Assistantship for GPP 541 GPP 541: Policy Dimensions of Energy Systems (3 credits) Date of Posting: December 10, 2018 Period of Employment: Term 2 (January 1 – April 30, 2019) Hours: 100 hours for the period of employment Instructor: Dr. Stefan Storey Lectures: Wednesday 5:30 – 8:30 pm Location: Ponderosa Commons: Oak House, Room […]