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Liu Scholar Program

The Liu Institute offers a unique program to bring together exceptional PhD students from across UBC to facilitate issue-based research on global issues and strengthen global networks.

The Institute’s current areas of research are in sustainability, security, and social justice. The Institute is particularly interested in emerging issues that affect large groups of people in different places and need concerted action and new knowledge to find solutions.

The Liu Scholar Program is designed to create a synergistic environment for students from various disciplines. Scholars will have opportunities for mentorship and co-authoring; web-publishing their research; attending workshops/conferences developed by other Scholars and UBC Faculty; interacting with world-renowned Visiting Scholars, Practitioners and Activists; and expanding their professional networks.

Funding will be provided to support Scholar-initiated projects that advance the Institute’s mission. Scholars will have access to meeting rooms, conference facilities, staff support, and some logistical support (such as business cards) and are also eligible to compete for Liu Institute scholarships, such as the Olav Slaymaker Scholarship and the James and Setsuko Thurlow Scholarship in Peace and Disarmament Studies.

This program is designed to support doctoral research and enhance the interdisciplinary learning environment at UBC. We expect to develop, in collaboration with Scholars, at least one annual event with all Liu Scholars (e.g., a retreat or conference with multiple global themes) and hope that each Scholar will join a research group (such as human rights, climate change, science and technology, transitional justice, food security, migration, water security, etc) that offers an activity (e.g., workshop or summer institute) to other Scholars/Faculty/Students each year.

Only current UBC doctoral students are eligible for the Liu Scholar Program. The Institute is looking for a diversity of disciplinary approaches and topic interests, and encourages students from the natural sciences and humanities to apply, as well as those from the social sciences. Students can remain in the Liu Scholar Program for a maximum of 5 years or until graduation, whichever comes first.

Application Process

Applications will be open from September 17th to October 5th, 2015.

The application consists of two parts:

·              Online application form

·              Submission of transcripts for all graduate course work completed (unofficial is fine) and a CV that is a maximum of 2 pages long via email to

No references are required. For the online application form, please be sure to have your student number, Faculty, supervisor(s)’ name(s), a list of graduate-level awards received ready along with answers to the following questions:

1.    Please describe in layman's terms the focus of your research, how it fits with the mandate of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and what impact you are hoping your research will have. (max 2000 characters)

2.    Why do you wish to be a part of the Liu Scholars program? (max 2000 characters)

3.    If admitted to the program, how will you contribute to the Liu Scholars program? (max 2000 characters)

4.    Please describe your involvement with the Liu Institute to date. (max 2000 characters)

The application form cannot be saved and returned to at a later date so please fill it all in at once.

If you are ready to complete the form, please visit:

For further inquiries, please contact

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