Faculty of Medicine
Graduate Student Initiative Fund Application 
Deadline: November 15 and April 15

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The Graduate Student Initiative Fund is for two kinds of graduate student projects:

I. CAREER/EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES (up to $1000)

These initiatives aim to improve and enhance the graduate learning environment and to lead to effective change. Initiatives related to teaching and learning are encouraged, however all ideas that seek to improve the graduate student experience in the Faculty of Medicine will be considered. Examples of initiatives include: creating online learning modules that promote professional development for non-academic health careers; developing an initiative that fosters global collaboration between UBC and graduate students from other countries; delivering an educational workshop that engages community partners; etc.

Eligibility:

  • The primary applicant must be submitted by a registered graduate student in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Groups of students are encouraged to apply, but one student must be the primary applicant;
  • The proposal must have a Faculty Sponsor (see Guidelines and FAQs), who is responsible for reviewing the proposal prior to submission, providing a letter of support for the proposal, and being available to students for consultation if the proposal is successful;
  • The proposal must be innovative and should cross disciplinary boundaries;
  • The proposal must have clearly stated goal(s), a feasible timeline, and budget;
  • The fund is limited to one-time-only;
  • The fund cannot be used for projects that are carried out for course credit (including thesis work).

Application:

A complete application includes:

  • A detailed proposal for the initiative (2 pages maximum). The proposal should indicate how the proposal fulfills the Graduate Student Initiative Fund objectives and eligibility criteria, and it should outline it’s potential impact to the graduate learning environment;
  • An itemized breakdown of expenses (1 page maximum). The budget should also indicate any other sources of funding, including requests for matching funds (e.g. department donations or fundraising initiatives);
  • Two to four letters of support from faculty, staff, alumni, students or community members. The Faculty Sponsor for the initiative must provide one letter of support.

II. RESEARCH-PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES  (up to $3000)

These initiatives seek to link Faculty of Medicine research-based graduate students with UBC-affiliated Clinical Collaborator to engage in innovative and unique translational research projects with no independent source of funding. Examples of initiatives include: adding a novel clinical data component to an existing graduate student project; creating a detailed workup of interesting clinical cases;  or analyzing data related to improving clinical practices.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a registered research-based graduate student in the UBC Faculty of Medicine;
  • The proposal must be supported by the graduate student’s supervisor, who will provide a letter of support for the proposal, and will agree to being available to student for consultation if the proposal is successful;
  • The research project must have no independent source of funding;
  • The proposal must be innovative and should cross disciplinary boundaries;
  • The proposal must have clearly stated goal(s), a feasible timeline, and budget;
  • The fund cannot be used for projects that are carried out for course credit (including thesis work);
  • Funds must be used for research equipment, research supplies and/or research services (e.g. cost of recovery payments to core equipment or access to databases).

Application:

A complete application includes:

  • A detailed proposal for the initiative (2 pages maximum). The proposal should indicate how the proposal fulfills the Graduate Student Initiative Fund objectives and eligibility criteria, outline it’s potential impact as an innovative research project, and be signed by both the graduate student and the UBC-affiliated Clinical Collaborator;
  • An itemized breakdown of expenses (1 page maximum). The budget should also indicate any other sources of funding, including requests for matching funds (e.g. department donations or fundraising initiatives);
  • Two letters of support, one from the graduate student’s supervisor and one from department / program chair (or equivalent) of the UBC-affiliated Clinical Collaborator.
See the Guidelines and FAQs for more information.

DEADLINE

There are two competitions per year; deadlines are November 15 and April 15. Late applications will not be accepted.

ADJUDICATION

The eligible applications will undergo adjudication by the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Advisory Group, comprised of graduate student representatives from each graduate program, with oversight from the Faculty of Medicine Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. Applications will be evaluated based on the eligibility criteria.

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