Liu Scholars

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

Positioned within the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, students admitted to the Liu Scholars program are integrated into the network of faculty, research and community engagement activities that exists within the school.


The program has over 100 Alumni and around 100 current Scholars


Scholars have organized & received funding for almost 300 projects

Liu Scholars have access to funding and support for student-driven collaborative activities with additional opportunities to develop networks and exchange knowledge with world-renowned visiting fellows, faculty and other scholars.

This support can include small budgets, free access to facilities, and assistance from staff for marketing activities and research dissemination.

Since the program’s inception, Liu Scholars have organized and received funding for almost 300 projects from field work, to interdisciplinary conferences, to research reading groups, to exhibits at the Liu Lobby Gallery.


Our call for applications has now closed.

To apply to the Liu Scholars program, propose a project with a definite output (ie. a paper, op-ed, gallery exhibition) to be carried out in collaboration with, or under the mentorship of, a faculty member who is not currently your supervisor. Proposed projects should explicitly demonstrate relevance to public policy and global issues.

Once accepted, you will be designated a Liu Scholar for one year. Upon production of the output at the end of the year, the scholar will receive $2000.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be a current UBC doctoral student in any year from any discipline.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Quality of Proposal
  • Project relevance to public policy and global issues

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