Biodiversity Research:
Integrative Training & Education

The Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) is pleased to host an NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Biodiversity Research at the University of British Columbia. Funding is available to train biodiversity scientists at all levels – undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral – regardless of country of origin.

The BRITE program offers Graduate Student Internships and recently celebrated its fifth birthday!

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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate awards provide funding for full-time research during the summer in any
research area within the Biodiversity Research Centre. Interested students should contact an eligible faculty member to determine whether he/she is able to sponsor the student.

Both foreign and Canadian students will be considered; students must be registered in a bachelor's degree program at UBC or other institution at the time of their application and must be legally able to work in Canada.

As the BRITE grant ends in March 2015, we will not be accepting applications for summer 2015 awards.

Graduate Students

Graduate students supervised by BRC faculty are considered BRITE affiliates (regardless of funding source) and are eligible for additional opportunities supported by BRITE, including:
  • short-term workshops (send application to )
  • lab rotations
  • internships in governmental, industrial, and non-profit sectors
  • international travel awards (send application to; As funding for the BRITE grant has come to an end, no further applications will be accepted.)

Students interested in an M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree with a faculty member of the Biodiversity Research Centre should first contact the faculty member with whom they wish to work. Once a potential supervisor has been identified, students should apply through the appropriate department:

The BRITE training program provides partial stipend support to a few graduate students each year. All students applying to work with a BRC faculty member are eligible. As the NSERC funding for the BRITE program has come to an end, no further applications will be accepted.

Studying ornithology? Graduate students conducting research are eligible for a Werner and Hildegard Hesse Fellowship in Ornithology and a Hesse Research Award to work on the conservation, ecology, or evolution of wild birds.

Post-doctoral Fellows

The BRITE training program also provides funding for post-doctoral fellows. BRITE post-docs are expected to perform independent research in any area of biodiversity research and are often affiliated with more than one research lab. The Biodiversity Research Centre will continue to fund Postdoctoral Fellows. For more information, please see the
post-doc website.

BRC Contact:

For more information and nominations, please contact the BRITE Program Manager:
Lebby Balakshin
#112 - 2212 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
(phone) 604-822-0862
(fax)     604-822-2416

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