UBC's Public Scholars Initiative accepting applications

UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' flagship scholarship program, the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), is accepting applications for its 9th cohort of students.

A groundbreaking undertaking, the PSI moves beyond ‘skills training’ and extracurricular experience, and reimagines PhD pathways that legitimize and integrate broader conceptions of scholarship within doctoral education and dissertation research. Launched in 2015, PSI has since won national and international recognition for its focus on ‘reimagining the PhD’ to benefit society and enhance career readiness. The program has awarded more than $2.1M in the past seven years to doctoral students.

This innovative program encourages and funds impactful, cross-disciplinary, multisectoral doctoral research. UBC’s Public Scholars enjoy academic support, professional development and networking opportunities, and up to $20,000 in funding over two years for research expenses and/or stipend. 

With a current network of more than 300 students and alumni, scholars have conducted a variety of cross-disciplinary research - from developing new technologies to protecting old-growth forests. Working in more than 40 different countries around the globe, with more than 150 communities, PSI scholars are contributing to the public good.

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2023/24?

  • The Health Equity Stream is open for 6-8 students in health-oriented and equity-focused research
  • Okanagan students are now able to apply


UBC Vancouver doctoral students in PhD, EdD and DMA programs are eligible, as well as UBC Okanagan doctoral students in years 1-5. Public Scholars must submit a report at the end of their first year and present their work as part of the PhDs Go Public event series.

The Public Scholars Initiative is accepting applications for the 2023/24 cohort until Friday, May 12, 2023. To apply, visit the application page.




For more information on the program, the application details, and any other questions, please contact Serbulent Turan or visit the PSI website.

Tuesday, 25 April 2023