Call for Applications: Simons Award in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security



Simons Award

Awards for Student Research in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security

Awards of $1,000 (undergraduate) or $1500 (graduate) each are provided annually by the Liu Institute for Global Issues to support full-time UBC undergraduate students of at least third year standing or graduate students who are selected to participate in research on topics broadly related to nuclear disarmament and global security, and who satisfactorily complete a research paper or other suitable product.

Selection of participants will be based on (1) the potential and originality of the proposed research project, (2) applicants’ research fit and knowledgeability about nuclear disarmament and/or global security, and (3) applicants’ records of achievement; a balance of disciplines, gender, and experience levels will also be taken into consideration.

The award is funded by an endowment provided by the Simons Foundation to advance the understanding of disarmament and arms control issues among UBC students. Awards are made on the recommendation of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Steps to Applying:

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

Students selected will produce a research paper or some other suitable product (long form journalistic article, for example) by May 15, 2020. 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.

Eligibility:

All full-time UBC graduate students and undergraduate students of at least third year standing of all disciplines who meet the UBC Senate requirements for Awards, are eligible to apply. Multiple participants that represent a balance across disciplines, gender, and experience levels will be selected.

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a research proposal; a covering letter; a curriculum vitae; and a sample of the applicant’s prior work. An Application Form must also be submitted. Details on the application materials can be found below.

Applications will be reviewed by the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security, Liu Institute for Global Issues. Awards are made on the recommendation of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Deadlines:

Applications must be received by October 10, 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by October 25, 2019.

Research Proposal:

Applicants should identify a research project of interest that relates in some way to nuclear disarmament and/or global security. Sample topics include the 2017 Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, implications of countries acquiring nuclear energy technology, historical aspects related to nuclear programs of specific countries, and how artists have responded to specific events in the nuclear age. The proposal should provide a well-defined research question, a brief overview of the relevant literature(s) on the topic, and a research design within 1000-1500 words. The research proposal should be prefaced by a short abstract of roughly 300 words summarizing the applicant’s initial understanding of the topic and its significance.

Covering Letter:

Applicants should provide a covering letter, not to exceed one (1) page, that, inter alia, describes their interest in nuclear disarmament and/or global security.

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum vitae should not exceed two (2) pages.

Sample of Prior Work:

Applicants should provide a sample of prior work; written work is not to exceed fifteen (15) pages; we welcome multimedia submissions (art or video projects, presentations, and so forth) at the applicants’ discretion.

Application Form:

To apply, fill out the form available here. The final page of the form will request that you upload the documents as outlined above.

Contact for Questions:

Jaylene Olson
Email jaylene.olson@ubc.ca

Award Poster



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