Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship

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

Applicants: check with graduate program; Graduate program nomination deadline: Friday, 6 April 2018

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.

Two new fellowships will be offered each year.


Applicants must:

  • Hold a study permit at the beginning of the fellowship funding period
  • Be a citizen of a developing country (see list of developing countries) 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 2018, May 2018, or September 2018
  • 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


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


Students complete application form and request supporting documents (transcripts, letters of reference – see application form for details). Students submit their application package to their UBC graduate program – applications submitted directly to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will not be accepted. Students are advised to verify their graduate program’s deadline well in advance.

A complete application package consists of:

  • Completed and signed Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship application form.
  • Academic records for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed) up to 31 December 2017. For institutions other than UBC, only official transcripts will be accepted. These may be original or certified true copies provided by the applicant’s graduate program. For UBC, the applicant’s “Academic History” printed from the SISC by the applicant’s graduate program will be accepted. Please note that students must request certified true copies of transcripts from their graduate program, not from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If only unofficial admission transcripts are available, they will be accepted.
  • Two letters of reference. Letters of reference provided with student’s application for admission will be accepted.


Of the applications received from its students, each UBC graduate program may submit a maximum of two nominations to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Together with their students’ application materials, graduate programs must submit a nomination letter (maximum two pages) which outlines the program’s nomination process, ranking of nominations, and highlights any other relevant information in support of the nominations.

Programs should submit all nomination documents to G+PS via their Workspace folder. Please use the following naming conventions:

  • nomination letter – DEPT_GGLF_Nomination_Letter.pdf (e.g. MATH_GGLF_Nomination_Letter.pdf)
  • each student’s nomination file – DEPT_GGLF_Last_First.pdf (e.g. MATH_GGLF_Lee_Jane.pdf)

Application packages must be received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 6 April 2018. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.


The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee made up of UBC faculty members. The committee will review the applications and select the recipients.

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