University of British Columbia Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship for Developing Countries 2017/2018

The Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships enable promising leaders from developing countries to pursue doctoral studies at UBC.

Application Deadlines: 

  • Applicants: check with graduate program (likely February 2017);
  • Graduate program nomination deadline: Friday, 10 March 2017

Eligible Countries: Developing countries

To be taken at (country):  Canada

About the Award: The fellowships are to support international students showing outstanding leadership in humanitarian and development work in their home country. Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships thus open the way to a world-class graduate education for emerging scholars from countries with developing educational systems.

Fellows would be supported to pursue research and study that would enhance and support contributions already made and which would be of particular use when they return home to apply their new gained skills and/or knowledge. Recipients would be individuals with an appropriate academic background and who have an established records of contribution to the development of a civil and sustainable society in their home country through professional, academic, or volunteer work.

Type: Fellowships, Doctoral

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Hold a study permit at the beginning of the fellowship funding period
  • Be a citizen of a developing country at the time of application for admission
  • Have shown outstanding leadership in humanitarian and development work in their home country
  • Be starting a PhD or DMA program at the UBC Vancouver campus in January 2017, May 2017, or September 2017
  • Be starting their first doctoral degree
  • Students with external funding (external scholarships, third-party sponsorship, etc.) are eligible to apply, but if successful, recipients will have their Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship funding reduced by the amount of their external funding

Selection Criteria: 

  • Academic Excellence (30%) – As demonstrated by academic transcripts, awards and distinctions
  • Research Ability / Potential (30%) – Quality of analytical skills, ability to think critically, ability to apply skills and knowledge, judgment, originality, initiative and autonomy, determination, and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time—as demonstrated in the description of the degree program and by work experience, research contributions, letters of appraisal
  • Leadership in development of civil and sustainable society in home country (40%) – Established record of leadership in professional, academic or volunteer work – as demonstrated in personal statement; work experience, community involvement and other extracurricular activities; communication skills; and letters of appraisal

Number of Awardees: 2

Value and Duration of Fellowship: $18,200 per year plus tuition for four years

How to Apply: Students complete application form and request supporting documents (transcripts, letters of reference – see Fellowship application details below).

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: University of British Columbia

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