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

Since 2021, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) has been selecting students enrolled in a UBC Ph.D. program to carry out work on a few 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 2022 are (1) Sustainable food systems; (2) Climate crisis politics; (3) Global health; (4) Online communication; and (5) Energy transitions.

Applications have now ended for our 2022 call for Liu Scholars. Thank you for your interest.

Our typical application process includes the following: 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. 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 (linked below)
  2. Include:
    • a copy of your CV (max 2 pages)
    • post-graduate level transcripts (unofficial accepted)

For any additional questions regarding the Liu Scholars program or application process, please email Hui Jia at

Global Student Research Networks

Supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative exchange on pressing global issues.

The Liu Institute global research networks support interdisciplinary and collaborative exchange on pressing global issues. Created and managed by Liu Scholars, with faculty support, these networks strengthen ties between faculty and students, host conferences and events, and facilitate field research and dialogue on key themes.

Africa is transforming as the continent addresses various global issues. Stakeholders continue to discuss and shape this transformation through diverse platforms.

Liu Institute Network for Africa (LINA) has been formed to be a diasporic, scholarly platform, operating from UBC that contributes to the discussion from a multidisciplinary perspective. We aim to create an active forum for research on global issues as applicable to Africa and the rest of the world. Relevant activities will include among others facilitated dialogues, (conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.) and print (working papers, periodic volumes, etc.).

Hopefully, this initiative will contribute to shaping Africa’s transformation through high-impact academic and community research that has relevant policy significance.

Membership is open to both African and non-African graduate students and faculty members with similar research interests.

To be a member, please send your (1) name, (2) field, (3) affiliation (student or faculty, and the department) and (4) primary contact email to Tebby at and/or Temi at

The Liu Migration Network is a network of graduate students working in the field of migration studies at the University of British Columbia. The network, formerly called the Graduate Student Migration Network (GSMN), has been in existence since 2004. It is now affiliated with the Liu Institute, an arrangement that provides more resources and opportunities for all members.

The Liu Migration Network is built on two important local migration-related projects. The first is an earlier inter-faculty initiative in migration studies (IFIMS) which sought to institutionalize the interdisciplinary study of migration at UBC. The second is the network’s important connections with Metropolis British Columbia. Although Metropolis BC ceased its research activity in 2013, a wealth of migration-related resources remains accessible on its website.

Like IFIMS and Metropolis BC before it, the Liu Migration Network aims to provide space for dialogue and discussion among scholars on important issues of migration theory, policy, and methods.

Please email the Chair, Saguna Shankar, at to join the mailing list. All members will receive email announcements of events as well as notice of migration-related funding, conferences, and employment opportunities.

Humanity is facing the existential challenge of improving the wellbeing of populations while simultaneously avoiding the erosion of Earth's supporting systems. Although we have experienced great improvements in human health, the unprecedented degradation of the environment that ultimately supports life on earth threatens to reverse recent humanity’s public health achievements

The Planetary Health Network is a motivated group of interdisciplinary graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at UBC who are interested in topics related to the planetary health field, and other integrative approaches to understanding the links between human well-being and ecosystems health. Our vision is to further strengthen our interdisciplinary network to foster discussions around this emergent field, and to explore pathways to promote changes towards a more healthy, sustainable, and just campus and community. We hold events to discuss new advances in the field at UBC and elsewhere, share member’s projects, and explore tools to translate knowledge to action. We are also exploring the opportunities to develop the field of Planetary Health by learning from Indigenous Science and different ways of knowing and being. In addition, we are connected to the Planetary Health Alliance, which is a large consortium of universities, NGOs, and other partners supporting the planetary health field.

Membership is open for any graduate student, postdoc, faculty, or staff at UBC who shares our interests on the planetary health field. Our group is currently comprised of people with a wide variety of backgrounds, such as arts, social sciences, biology, ecology, engineering, medical sciences, geography, and forestry.

To get involved or for more information, please contact Verena Rossa-Roccor at or Federico Andrade-Rivas at

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