Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Finding ways to use renewable energy to power chemical reactions
The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to provide the next generation of scientific leaders and innovators with an exceptional opportunity. Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 and are supported to pursue a one year postdoctoral placement at a world-leading laboratory anywhere in the world in a disciplinary pivot from their PhD. During their Fellowship year, they also participate in a varied and challenging Global Meeting Series that introduces new research ideas, techniques, and questions, in addition to a tailored training program. Fellows benefit from a personalized mentoring program, providing professional development support from experienced and internationally accomplished scientists.
UBC is one of 100 universities that have each been invited to nominate students to the international competition. In 2019, 20 Schmidt Science Fellows were selected to be recipients globally.
In order to be eligible for nomination and potential selection as a Schmidt Science Fellow, candidates must meet the following requirements:
The Schmidt Science Fellows program is committed to equality of opportunity for all candidates. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, parental status, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief.
The Schmidt webpage includes an FAQ on eligibility.
The Schmidt Science Fellows program is looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computing who are interested in broadening their horizons, pivoting from their PhD research and pursuing a challenging and rewarding period of study with the world’s leading academics and institutions. Schmidt Science Fellows are expected to be future science leaders and should demonstrate a keen interest in harnessing interdisciplinarity, and interaction with wider society, to galvanize collaboration, and lead and inspire teams to accelerate discovery.
Applications for the Schmidt Science Fellows program will be judged against the following criteria:
Schmidt Science Fellowships applicants must submit their application materials to their UBC graduate program. Applicants should check with their UBC graduate program to find out their internal application deadline. A complete application will consist of the following:
Successful UBC nominees will be invited directly by the Schmidt Science Fellows program to submit a full application at a later date.
Presentation standards of documents: 10 point Arial font, or equivalent.
Each UBC graduate program is invited to submit one nomination to a university-wide competition. Given the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, graduate programs should nominate only an exceptional individual who will stand out amongst top applicants from around the world.
A complete nomination package will consist of the following, submitted as 1 PDF document to the department's Workspace folder, by 29 July 2020 at 4:00 pm:
Details on the documents noted above are outlined in the 'Application Procedures' section of this webpage.
Please save the file name as Schmidt_PROGRAM_LastName_FirstName.pdf (e.g. a nomination file for student Jane Smith from MATH would be called Schmidt_MATH_Smith_Jane.pdf).
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene a committee to review the nominations submitted by departments and will nominate up to nine students to the international competition.
The Schmidt Science Fellows program expcts to announce the global results in May 2021.