Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for UBC faculty to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and engage with the campus community and share their research and expertise.  Examples of engagement activities include providing presentations and workshops; conducting research activities; and collaborating with faculty and students.  The application must be submitted by a faculty member at UBC’s Okanagan campus on behalf of their international colleague for this funding.  The Office of Research Services is available to facilitate the pairing of suitable research colleagues if an interested international applicant is not currently connected with a faculty member at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

For more information, please contact Raina Reddecliff

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (extended)

Reichwald Germanic Studies Award for Research & Creative Activity

The intent of the Reichwald Germanic Studies Award for Research and Creative Activity is to promote and to facilitate faculty research and creative activity related to any area of German society. The award will support a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at UBC’s Okanagan campus to undertake research or creative activity that engages with issues of relevance to the German-Canadian community or to German intellectual, scientific, historical, political, socio-economic, and/or cultural development within Canada or internationally. The research or creative activity must be related to German society, but need not take place in Germany. See the Program Terms below for full details on this opportunity.

Application Deadline: April 30

Hampton Fund Programs

Please visit SPARC website for the most up-to-date information on these funding programs. For more information contact Brianna Wells.

Hampton New Faculty Grant Purpose: To support the early stages of the research programs of tenure-track Assistant Professors hired within the last 18 months

Application Deadline: September 1

Value: $10,000

Hampton Established Scholar Grant Purpose: To fund established scholars seeking to to implement a research project that will in turn enable them to secure SSHRC funding”

Application Deadline: Submit anytime

Value: $10,000

Request for Funding / Support from the VPRI

Through its annual budget, the Office of the Vice Principal Research has allocated a limited amount of funding that can provide financial assistance to the UBCO faculty research community, outside of the current internal funding opportunities.  Contingent on the level of funding, the VPR may offer the following types of support: Matching Funds, Letters of Support, Cost-Sharing Funds (events/conferences/workshops/seminars), and other funding requests. See the Program Terms below for full details on this opportunity.

RSEDIC Seed Grant  – Spring 2020 Competition

Application Deadline: April 3, 2020 at 4:00pm

Value: Up to $3500

The purpose of the RSEDIC seed grant is to provide funding to support new areas of regional socio-economic research, and to increase the capacity for regional socioeconomic inquiry on campus. Grants are for up to a maximum of $3500 over 6 months. No extensions are available. Please see the Program Terms for detailed information and instructions on how to apply.

SSH Bridge Funding Programs

The Office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation (VPRI) in partnership with the Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) is pleased to introduce a pilot Bridge Funding Program to support researchers that wish to improve and re-submit applications that were unsuccessful in the preceding Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) competition cycle.

Please visit SPARC website to access application and submission requirements.

SSHRC Explore / Exchange Project Grant

Formerly the HSS  Grant

Application Deadline: August 31

Value: Up to $5,000

Funding for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Research Grant program is made available through the SSHRC Institutional Explore and Exchange Grants. This award is specifically designed to promote research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

SSHRC Explore / Exchange Small Grant (Pilot)

Formerly the HSS Small Grant

Application Deadline: March 15

Value: $1000 – $2500

The Vice-President Research at UBC Okanagan will support an adjudicated competition drawing on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Institutional Grants (SIG) and General Research Fund (GRF) to offset research costs related to 1) developing new projects, and 2) completing outputs for projects nearing completion. This Pilot program will run annually in March from 2019 – 2021, with results announced in May.


The University of British Columbia Staff Development and Exchange (UBC SDX) is an informal program to provide professional and personal development for UBC colleagues in the M&P employment group performing similar functions in parallel administrative/service units. Staff benefit from spending time at our sister campuses where there is significant opportunity to share with and to learn from counterparts and colleagues. This deepens understanding and support of our shared mission and strengthens the University.

Staff from UBC V/UBC O who seek to learn from each other in order to facilitate communication and understanding of each others’ challenges and opportunities and build a network of UBC peers can join this exchange.  Please contact with any questions, or to submit an application.

Student Funding Opportunities

The Pritchard Fellowships

The Pritchard Fellowship will support training and research activities for students studying in disciplines related to medicine and health at UBCO, with a preference for activities that are clinically focused and support collaboration with the Interior Health Authority. Pritchard Fellowships will provide stipends for UBCO graduate and undergraduate students undertaking clinical research projects at UBC’s Okanagan campus, conducted in collaboration with clinicians working in the Okanagan region. Fellowship funding will be paid in the following amounts:

  • 1 Graduate fellowship (renewable) valued $24,000 ($12, 000 per year (for 2 years)
  • 1 Undergraduate fellowship valued at $4,000

Deadline: July 15 (1pm)

Lashley and Mary Haggman Memory Research Award

The Lashley and Mary Haggman Memory Research Award has been established to assist faculty and graduate students to conduct research on memory or memory related issues. Graduate students pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, Psychology, or Computer Science are eligible for the award. The graduate student award program will support a student summer research project at the Okanagan campus.

Deadline: May 15

International Undergraduate Research Award

Application Deadline: Faculty dependent

Value: $9,000 plus up to $1,500 for research related expenses

The international undergraduate research award (IURA) program supports international and undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience while studying at UBC’s Okanagan campus. This award, offered through your faculty in partnership with the International Student Initiative, provides international undergraduate students an exceptional learning experience through engagement in research over the summer months. Students completing 75 credits by summer each year are eligible to submit proposals through their faculty for the award. Please contact your faculty for more information.

Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences:
Julie Martin – 250.807.9529 | 

Faculty of Management:
Mary Butterfield – 250.807.8157 |

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies:
Lacia Vogel – 250.807.8152 |

School of Engineering:
Samantha Luckow – 250.807.9436 |

Faculty of Health and Social Development:
Jennifer Rhodes – 250.807.9904 |

Undergraduate Research Awards

The FCCS Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creation activities over the summer months, from May 1 to August 31. The award is meant to encourage undergraduate students who are enrolled in a major in FCCS B.A. or B.F.A. programs to pursue innovative and original research under the supervision of one or more FCCS faculty members.

Deadline: February 16, 2021

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Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award 

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019
Value: $7,500 plus up to $1,500 for research related expenses

Click here for information on this award.