Graduate Fellowships

The Ocean Leaders Graduate Fellowship supports interdisciplinary marine scientists and social scientists at UBC who hope to bridge the gulf between academic research and society. Successful applicants will receive a stipend to support their graduate education and be expected to take part in Ocean Leaders program activities, including courses, professional development workshops, off-campus internships and an annual policy event.

Program Expectations

In their first year, all fellows will take the Grand Challenges in Ocean Leadership course, which provides students with an opportunity to apply technical knowledge to address a cutting-edge problem in ocean or coastal management and policy.

Professional development workshops are a core tenant of the Ocean Leaders program. Fellows will work in groups, together with faculty and/or off-campus collaborators, in choosing and planning workshop activities. Each fellow is expected to contribute to at least one workshop and to attend at least two workshops offered by the Ocean Leaders program.

Fellows are also encouraged to take part in additional opportunities offered through the program, including the following:

  • Participating in discussion groups and attending seminars organized by Ocean Leaders and the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries;
  • Completing an internship with one of our collaborating partners.


The fellowship is currently available to accepted UBC graduate students conducting marine research. Please speak with your supervisor about the fellowship program before applying.

Ocean Leaders is not a degree-granting program; applicants interested in the Ocean Leaders program must also be applying for entrance into a graduate program at UBC.

Application Requirements

A full application consists of the following:

  1. A copy of your full graduate application, including your personal statement, CV, and unofficial transcripts
  2. A short explanation of why you want to be an Ocean Leader (less than one page)

Please submit your application to by 31 January 2020.