Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program

At UBC, we are committed to inclusion and to supporting and enhancing the experiences of all learners.

Inaugurated in 2019, UBC’s Equity & Inclusion (E&I) Scholars Program enhances the university’s strategic commitment to increasing equitable and inclusive teaching practices that support and enhance the experiences of all learners.

The E&I Scholars Program, open to all instructional faculty at UBC Vancouver campus, is designed to build capacity for transformative teaching and learning through the integration of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in teaching-related scholarship. Projects may include, for example, changes to curriculum, teaching practice, programming within a faculty or school, with the aim of placing EDI at the centre of teaching and learning.

E&I Scholars Program is managed by the Equity & Inclusion Office, in partnership with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).

In addition to project funding, scholars will benefit from participation in an interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community (FLC) to expand their knowledge and contribute to the creation of innovative interventions that help to meet and enhance UBC’s commitment to inclusion.

Important note: There will not be a call for funding the 2020/2021 academic year. Please consider the Equity Enhancement Fund as an alternative.

  • The program is open to members of the Research Stream, Educational Leadership Stream, Lecturers, and Sessional Instructors working at the UBC Vancouver campus;
  • Funding of up to $15,000 is available per project, per year and for up to two years; funding cycle begins in May 2019;
  • The E&I Scholars program will fund up to five projects for the 2019/20 academic year;
  • For tenured and tenure-stream faculty: funds may be used for course release with support from the Dean;
  • For sessional faculty: Funding is contingent on the length of appointment up to a maximum of $15,000 per year. The term of the funding will not exceed the term of the appointment.

Proposals will be assessed based on how the project:

  • Engages with equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching & learning environments for the benefit of students;
  • Has the potential to be applied to formal teaching practice and be applicable to related disciplines;
  • Engages students who are historically or currently marginalized or excluded from higher education;
  • Encourages collaboration with other units and/or builds upon existing resources/expertise on campus.

What you are responsible for:

  • Completion of project-deliverables as articulated in application;
  • Full participation in three half-day Faculty Learning Community (FLC) sessions;
  • Contributing E&I Scholarship to Teaching & Learning lunch and learn sessions;
  • Presenting research at E&I Scholars Symposium.

  • Application materials will be made available for the next application period.

  1. Deadline to submit the expression of interest form: February 15th, 2019 by 23:59
  2. Short-listed applicants notified with request to submit the full application form: March 1st, 2019
  3. Deadline to submit the full application form: March 29th, 2019 by 23:59
  4. Successful applicants notified: April 19th, 2019

  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion
  • Jennifer Love, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty
  • Minelle Mahtani, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty
  • Christina Hendricks, Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Dory Nason, Senior Instructor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies & 2013 Killam Teaching Prize Recipient

Application Process

Step 1

Review both the expression of interest and the full application form and guidelines so as to better understand what is required in terms of filling out the application documents.

Step 2

Attend one our two information sessions (optional):

Step 3

Download and complete the expression of interest form.

Step 4

Submit your expression of interest form by February 15th, 2019, and await to hear if you are short-listed.

Step 5

If on March 1st, 2019, you are notified that you were shortlisted, download and complete the full application.

Step 6

Submit the full application form by March 29th, 2019.

Step 7

Selected applicants will be notified by April 19th, 2019.



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