Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship

Deadline

Nominations accepted from graduate programs throughout the year

Annual Value

$30,000 stipend plus tuition

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The Doctoral Recruitment Fellowships (DRF) enable new UBC-V Assistant Professors to recruit outstanding doctoral students. The two-fold purpose is achieved as follows: DRF slots are allocated disciplinary Faculties, to be included in select faculty recruitment packages to (i) attract outstanding faculty to UBC. These DRF slots then provide a head start to new faculty by supporting them to (ii) recruit a strong doctoral student.

 

Eligibility

Faculty recipients must:

  • Commence a tenure-track position at the rank of an Assistant Professor on or after May 1, 2017. As a one-time exemption for the 2017-18 allocation only, Faculties may make a request to provide a DRF funding spot to an Assistant Professor recruited in the previous year (faculty appointment start date between 1 May 2016 and 30 May 2017). Sound justification for this exemption is required. Term appointments are not eligible.
  • Be confirmed as the DRA recipient prior to the start date of the Assistant Professor tenure-track position
  • At the time of recruiting the student, confirm that they and/or their graduate program will provide a fifth year funding package of $18,000. This funding package may consist of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or scholarships
  • Participate in the evaluation process of this program (survey)

Student recipients must:

  • Be starting a UBC-V doctoral program within five years of the faculty recipient’s appointment start date as a tenure-track Assistant Professor
  • Be supervised or co-supervised by the faculty recipient
  • Be undertaking their first doctoral-level degree program
  • Be an outstanding graduate student who would be considered competitive for Tri-Agency scholarship funding (domestic) or of a similar calibre (international)
  • Apply to national Tri-Agency scholarship competitions each year that they are eligible (domestic students only)
  • Participate in the evaluation process of this program (submission of CV and survey)

Nomination Procedures

Faculty nominations

Disciplinary Faculties may nominate eligible faculty by submitting a signed nomination form (see "Further Information" below) to graduate.awards@ubc.ca. The total number of nominations may not be greater than the number of award places allocted to the Faculty.

Student nominations

Assistant Professors who hold a DRF funding slot submit the following via their graduate program to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

Further Information

Allocations

  • Funding will be allocated to faculties based on a rolling average of the number of incoming new tenure-track Assistant Professors hired in the previous three years. Term appointments will not be included in the count.
  • For larger Faculties, new allocations will be made in November of each year, to be used for recruiting faculty members whose appointments will start in the period from 1 May the following year to 30 April the year after that (e.g., allocation in November 2017 for faculty starting in 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018).* For smaller Faculties, however, allocations will be made for a three-year period (i.e., the Faculty will not receive another DRA allocation until spring 2020).
  • Faculties will allocate their DRA spots amongst their graduate programs based on their own priorities.
  • Faculties are encouraged to use their full allocations each year, but may carry forward allocated DRA spots, with a maximum of the Faculty’s annual allocation being carried forward at any given time.

* As the 2017-18 allocations (given out in May 2017) came with little advance warning and some Faculties may find it difficult to utilize their allocation, a one-time exemption for the 2017-18 allocation only may be requested. Specifically, Faculties may request to utilize a DRA for an Assistant Professor recruited in the previous year (faculty appointment start date as early as 1 May 2016). Sound justification for this exemption is required (e.g., number of new Assistant Professors for 2017-18 is unexpectedly low compared to previous years).