Call for Applications to the UBC Women in House Program

November 2020

Call for Applications – The UBC Women in House Program 

The UBC Women in House Program is an innovative and practical program hosted by the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs that is aimed at promoting a greater level of female representation in the Canadian government. The program pairs female and female-identified students for a full day with a Member of Parliament or Senator so that students can directly observe political procedures, learn about gender equity, and engage in mentorship and networking with Canadian political leaders.

Participants will also be involved in a second day of learning where they will attend the academic portion of the program to be held with journalists, professors, and/or other practitioners on a related topic, as well as have a tour of the Parliament Buildings.

The Women in House Program will be held on March 11-12, 2020, and includes fully subsidized flights (March 10 and 13) and accommodations in Ottawa. Students will need to be fully available for all four days (March 10-13) if accepted into the program and will also be expected to submit a blog post reflecting on their experience within two weeks of their return to Vancouver for posting on the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs’ website.


This year’s program is open to ten female and female-identified students enrolled in the following programs at the University of British Columbia during the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Doctor of Political Science
  • Master of Political Science
  • Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • Bachelor of Political Science (4th year)
  • Bachelor of International Relations (4th year)

To Apply

Students interested in participating in the March 2020 Women in House Program in Ottawa can submit the following documents via e-mail to Aaron Posehn, SPPGA Executive Assistant, at by December 8, 2019 at 11:59pm:

  • a full CV (PDF)
  • a 1-page statement of interest (PDF)
  • level of language skills in French and/or English
  • full contact information (name, email, phone, address)

We thank all applicants for applying, but due to the high number of applications, only successful candidates will be notified (by e-mail). All successful candidates will be notified by December 20, 2019.

Find details and participant reflections from the inaugural Women in House program here.