Internal Funding Opportunities

The following is a list of some of the internal funding opportunities at UBC, including links to more information and forms where applicable.

Please also contact the Grant Facilitator assigned to your faculty or unit for further advice.

SSH Internal Funding Opportunities

For information and forms related to SSH Internal Funding Opportunities, please visit the SPARC web site:

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP)

The Northern Scientific Training Program supports student research in the North by supplying supplementary funds to offset the additional costs of Northern research.

Learn more about the 2018/2019 Call for Applications. Please note that applications are due to Margie Heras at the Office of Research Services ( by end of day November 17th.

If you received support from NSTP this past year, you must complete a Research Report online by November 17th, 2017.

NSTP Program Guidelines

NSTP Program FAQ

NSTP Online Forms

UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Wall Scholar Awards
Details: Available to full-time, tenured or tenure-track UBC faculty members, to spend one year in residence at the Peter Wall Institute, in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.  Wall Scholars are chosen among leading UBC researchers from all academic disciplines.
Value: $20,000
Application Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018

Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP) Awards
: Internationally-renowned scholars who have achieved the highest levels of distinction in their fields, and whose work has had a broad impact well beyond any one discipline may be nominated.  DVP will spend a minimum of 4 months in residence at the PWIAS.
Value: $50,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017

French Scholar Lecture Series (FSLS)
: The Consulate General of France in Vancouver has partnered with the PWIAS to bring leading French scholars to UBC for short visits, during which they will present one or more public lectures and engage with UBC faculty members.  Scholars are selected from different disciplinary and research backgrounds, with nominations accepted for both senior scholars and outstanding early career faculty.
Value: N/A
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017

International Visiting Research Scholars Award
: The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is offering International Visiting Research Scholars (IVRS) awards of $15,000 to bring some of the world’s best scholars to UBC.  Exceptional scholars who have achieved the highest levels of distinction in their fields, and whose work has had a broad impact well beyond any one discipline are invited to spend time at UBC and the Peter Wall Institute. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated their commitment to working across disciplinary boundaries.
Value: $15,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

International Research Roundtable Award
: The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will grant up to five International Research Roundtable Awards each year for scholars from UBC, Canada and the international community to advance excellence in knowledge development in an interdisciplinary environment. The themes or topics must be broad-ranging.
Value: up to $45,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wall Solutions Award
: The Wall Solutions Initiative provides opportunities for University of British Columbia researchers, community organizations and partners to work collaboratively towards solutions. The fundamental aim of the Wall Solutions Initiative is to harness high-level research to the practical needs of local, national or international community partners; in some cases this may require additional research or even open up new research questions, but the emphasis is on finding creative solutions to our most pressing and complicated problems.
Value: up to $50,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Collège de France Professors
Through our partnership with the Collège de France (CdF) in Paris, the PWIAS encourages UBC faculty to nominate CdF Professors for UBC visits lasting 1 – 3 weeks, or longer.  Nominations can be sent directly to the PWIAS Director, outlining the potential synergy between the visiting CdF Professor and on-going UBC research activities.  Joint nominations among collaborating UBC faculty members are encouraged.  A list of CdF Professors is available at

Questions: Emma MacEntee // Bernadette Mah

UBC Salary Research Grant
  • Application form (MS Word) and Guidelines (PDF)
  • Allows UBC scholars to receive a research grant in lieu of salary during periods other than study leave.
  • If needed, download Revenue Canada S5-F1-C1: 'Determination of an Individual’s Residence Status'
UBC Study Leave Research Grant
Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters

2017 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition: 

  • Application form (electronic portal) and Guidelines
  • Submission Deadline: November 2, 2017
  • It is recommended that you attend an information session, registration is a the bottom of the Guidelines

Questions: Kyle Demes

Joint Funding Schemes

Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Germany, and The University of British Columbia (UBC) Joint Funding Scheme
Details: FUB and UBC have agreed that as part of their Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI), both will contribute to a fund for cooperative activities. The funds are intended to enable FUB and UBC faculty and researchers to identify complementary strengths, leverage synergies and promote the development of outstanding future research projects and other academic opportunities.
Funding: Up to €10,000 per year for 5-6 annual projects
Joint proposals may be submitted by the following dates: April 1st, 2017 // September 15th, 2017

Questions: UBC: // FUB:

Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund

Details: The Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund (PRF) is designed to help fill small resource gaps and acknowledge the contributions that community partners make to UBC. It also aims to raise awareness about the value of relationships and working together in a thoughtful way.
Funding: Up to $1,500
Deadline: Monthly intake will be open until March 13, 2018 (see web site for details)

Questions: Ryan Brown