Early Career Scholars
This program has been discontinued. In January 2014 we launched the new Wall Scholars Research Award, which combines the Early Career Scholars, Distinguished Scholars in Residence, and Research Mentorship Awards into one program.
The Early Career Scholars Program is for full-time UBC faculty who are in the professorial ranks and at the early stage of their academic careers at UBC. The Institute will appoint a single cohort of up to fourteen untenured Assistant and recently tenured Associate Professors each year.
This program is not thematic. Researchers are chosen as individuals and from all academic disciplines, professions and the performing arts. They should be individuals with highly promising records who will appreciate the possibilities of intellectual and interdisciplinary exchange with peers in very different areas of research.
The Early Career Scholars program was introduced for the 2000-2001 academic year. The program traditionally included two separate cohorts: one for junior (untenured Assistant Professor) and one for senior (tenured Associate Professor) scholars. Beginning with the 2009-2010 cohort, the Institute began to appoint a single cohort of untenured Assistant and recently tenured Associate Professors each year.
Program Objectives and Benefits
The objective for this program is to bring outstanding UBC early-career researchers together to share ideas and research approaches. We hope that this interaction will broaden the research perspective of participants and will enhance their future research contributions. We are also interested in facilitating the orientation process for new faculty with respect to the research environment at UBC, including learning about the diversity in research topics and approaches, as well as helping them to acquire knowledge about the infrastructure for research support.
The program benefits the participants in various ways including:
- exposing scholars to research from across the entire University,
- allowing scholars to interact with excellent peers across a wide variety of disciplines,
- providing opportunities to scholars to get a sense of the important work of top researchers throughout the University (e.g., the Institute Faculty Associates),
- exploring the connections of one's own research with research that one would not ordinarily encounter,
- learning about the research infrastructure at UBC,
- providing special recognition and a modest stipend to support research.
The presence of Early Career Scholars at the Institute contributes greatly to its mission of promoting basic, interdisciplinary research. Program participants will be appointed as permanent Faculty Associates of the Institute. Associates receive regular invitations to Institute events. Every two weeks there is a lunch or dinner to which all Associates and their guests are invited. These bi-monthly gatherings offer an opportunity to engage in informal discussions with colleagues from a wide diversity of disciplines as well as to hear a talk by one of the Associates. Unlike the scheduled program meetings, attendance at events and Associates gatherings is optional.
Early Career Scholar Start-Up Research Grant
As part of the Early Career Scholar program, the Institute offers Associate status and a modest start-up research grant to up to 15 exceptional scholars who apply for the Early Career Scholar award.