Biodiversity Research:
Integrative Training & Education

The Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) at the University of British Columbia is pleased to host BRITE, a training program aimed at widening opportunities and skill sets among our students and post-doctoral fellows.
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Internship Program

A key element of the BRITE initiative is a paid internship program for MSc and PhD students. If you are interested in spending part of your degree in a non-University setting to improve or expand your training, consider applying for an internship.

Internships are expected to last from six weeks to three months of full-time equivalent work. Requests for interns are circulated in the spring, but applications may be submitted at any time.

If you are a graduate student of a BRC faculty, then you are considered a BRITE affiliate (regardless of funding source) and are eligible for the above opportunities supported by BRITE. To find out if your supervisor is a BRC faculty member, see the BRC faculty listing.

Want to sponsor one of our Interns? Biodiversity Internship Fund

Studying birds?

Graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in ornithology are eligible for a Hesse Research Award to work on the conservation, ecology, or evolution of wild birds.

Graduate students conducting research on birds are also eligible for a Werner and Hildegard Hesse Fellowship in Ornithology.


Workshops are an effective means of training in areas requiring new skills and concentrated attention. BRITE funds workshops on a variety of topics, including workshops focused on particular research areas, on particular research techniques, and/or on professional development. Students, post-docs, and/or faculty can propose and organize workshops on topics of interest to BRITE trainees. Applications are considered at any time of year.

Post-doctoral Fellows

The BRC provides financial support for post-doctoral fellows conducting original research on core problems in biodiversity. Post-docs typically interact with several lab groups, foster interactions within the Centre, and spearhead research collaborations. For more information, please see the post-doc website.

BRC Contact:
For more information and nominations, please contact:
Katie Beall, Administrator
UBC Biodiversity Research Centre
#112 - 2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
(phone) 604-822-0862
BRITE Training Program


Past Interns



Hesse Award

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