Liu Scholars

The Liu Scholars program was first established in 2009 and seeks to bring together exceptional students who are interested in using their research and disciplinary expertise to work on public policy and global issues.


The program has over 100 Alumni and around 100 current Scholars


Scholars have organized & received funding for almost 300 projects

For the 2021 cohort, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) is piloting a new model for this program wherein four students enrolled in a UBC Ph.D. program will be selected to carry out work on one of two identified themes for the year. The projects will be carried out, in collaboration with, or under the mentorship of, one or more core faculty members at SPPGA. Preference would be given to students not already working with a SPPGA faculty member or having a SPPGA faculty member on their Ph.D. committees.

The themes for 2021-22 are (1) Energy transitions and Climate change; and (2) Global China: Challenges and Opportunities.

Become a Liu Scholar

To apply to the Liu Scholar program, propose a project with a definite output (i.e., a paper, a report, gallery exhibition) to be carried out in collaboration with, or under the mentorship of, a member of the core faculty at SPPGA. The project would have to be supported with a note from your Ph.D. advisor (or one of your advisors, in the event that you have more than one advisor). Proposed projects should be clearly related to the proposed themes listed above and demonstrate relevance to public policy and global issues. Once accepted, you will be designated a Liu Scholar for one year. An award amount of $2000 will be released at the end of the year, when you submit the output and your SPPGA mentor or collaborator approves it.

Eligibility Requirements

Current UBC doctoral students in any year from any discipline

Selection Criteria

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

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Include:
    • a copy of your CV (max 2 pages)
    • post-graduate level transcripts (unofficial accepted)
    • supervisor’s note of project support

Applications close January 25, 2021.

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