VPRI Faculty Research Award Opportunities

UBC recognizes individual investigators who demonstrate excellence in research through a suite of seven annual research awards and fellowships that span all disciplines in the applied sciences, medicine, and social sciences and humanities.

Summary of changes in 2022:

  • The Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship and Killam Faculty Research Fellowship have new optional sections on Contextual Perspective (to provide understanding of the context of career trajectory or field of research) and Research Impact (to account for wide variations in the impacts of research across different disciplines, as well as in the indicators used to measure them).
  • Many award components have requested word limits rather than page limits.
  • There is a single nomination form for all awards, rather than a separate form for each one.

These awards have two nomination stages:

  1. Expression of Intent (EOI) due Thursday, September 15, 2022, 11:59 pm. This optional stage assists in planning and nominations can still be submitted if the EOI deadline is missed. Note: EOI not requested for Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships given the required Faculty-led nomination process.

  2. Full Nomination due Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 11:59 pm. All required components must be submitted through the nomination form, and Killam Faculty Research Fellowship referee letters must be received by ORPA.

Please also consult our FAQs and contact us with any questions: research.prizes@ubc.ca.

Faculty Research Awards

Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships

Supports exceptional early career researchers across all disciplines who have the potential for significant impact in their field of scholarship.

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Killam Faculty Research Fellowships

Assisting promising faculty members who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave.

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President's Award for Public Education through Media

For a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in sharing research expertise via the news media (print, broadcast, and online interviews and commentary)

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Killam Faculty Research Prizes

Up to ten prizes of $5,000 each will be awarded to full-time tenure-stream faculty in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions

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Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize

The Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize was established in 1969 and is regarded as UBC’s premier award for research across all disciplines.

The award is named after eminent researcher and professor Jacob Biely, who joined UBC Faculty on a full-time basis in 1935 as an Instructor in the Department of Poultry Science. He was appointed a full professor in 1950, and two years later was named Head of his Department, a position that he held until his retirement in 1968.

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Charles A. McDowell Award

An award for an outstanding young faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research.

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Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts

Pays tribute to legendary UBC figure Dorothy Somerset.

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Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts

Biennial award recognizing outstanding contributions to art, music, creative writing, theatre or film; & scholarship in the fine & creative arts (Next deadline 2023)

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