Thank you for your interest in becoming a Solutions Scholar!

The Solutions Scholars program sponsors existing UBC Masters and PhD students to apply their scholarly research skills to climate change mitigation, adaptation, and/or education. In 2024/25, successful Solutions Scholars will work on one of four collaborative projects which were recently selected through an open call to the UBC research community

The objective of the program is to bring together researchers with diverse disciplinary expertise and lived experience to contribute to climate solutions-oriented research on campus.  Each Scholar will have the opportunity to conduct research with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, senior researchers, and other Solutions Scholars, and to participate in related professional development activities. 

Over a ten-month period (September 2024 through June 2025), awarded Solutions Scholars will receive a $10,000 stipend as they work towards the objectives of one of the four projects.  Working in groups, the Solutions Scholars will be matched with faculty mentors who are leading the individual research projects.  The Solution Scholars will also participate in Climate Solutions Research Collective professional development activities. The workload over the ten-month period will be similar to that of a TAship.   

For the 2024/25 academic year, prospective Solutions Scholars must submit an application form, including ranking their interest in each of the four projects.  Applicants are encouraged to think broadly about how their research and expertise can fit within these projects; the evaluators are seeking complimentary interdisciplinary skill sets to build Solutions Scholar Teams for each project.  

Application Deadline

The deadline for application to the 2024/25 program is Friday June 14, 2024 at midnight.  Two online information sessions for prospective applicants are being held on May 30th at 12:00 noon and June 4 at 5pm.  Please register to receive the Zoom link for the Q&A sessions.  To be alerted when the application portal opens, please sign up for our list-serv.


Applicants must be Masters or PhD students at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan.  Applicants must be registered in a UBC program as of September 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.  

Requirements for all Funded Students 

Selected Solutions Scholars can plan for the following requirements: 

  • Regular (i.e. biweekly) project meetings with team members and mentors.  
  • Completion of proposed project and submission of project deliverable(s) at the end of the funding.  
  • Active participation in the Climate Solutions Research Collective’s seminars and workshop(s). 
  • Participation in project update events with the Climate Solutions Research Collective including an end-of-program Climate Solutions Summit. 
  • Completing a questionnaire at the end of their involvement as part of the assessment of this new initiative (students and supervisors) 

Evaluation Criteria for Applicants

  • Excellence of the candidate, based on past accomplishments and future potential 
  • Demonstrated commitment to climate change research 
  • Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research and evidence of collaborative research experience. 
  • Quality and fit for the 2024/25 projects, including interdisciplinary objectives for the projects. 
  • Commitment to participate in Climate Solutions Research Collective activities.  
  • Consideration will be given to equity, diversity and inclusion, as well representation across a diversity of disciplines 

Application Procedure

Applications consist of the following three components:

  1. An Application Form outlining the individual's interest in the Solutions Scholars program, the research competencies which they can contribute to the projects, their specific experience working in teams, and their ranking of projects. 
  2. A CV (maximum four pages) which should be in an academic style, list relevant professional experiences, skills, coursework, and publications.  The CV must be named as follows: LastName_FirstName_SolutionsCV.pdf and uploaded into the Application Form. 
  3. Confirmation from the applicant’s research supervisor of their support of the application through an online form.  

The application portal will open by June 1, 2024.  To be alerted when the application portal opens, please sign up for our list-serv.

Adjudication Procedures 

The applications will be reviewed by a cross-faculty steering committee. Funding decisions will be announced in July.  For questions about the Climate Solutions Research Collective and the Solutions Scholars program, contact 

Project Descriptions



First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

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