Biodiversity Research:
Integrative Training & Education
(BRITE)


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!

Download a BRITE poster (PDF)



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.

To apply, the student should fill out the NSERC USRA application form (on-line version), and the faculty sponsor should fill in NSERC form 202 Part II or else provide the equivalent information. Copies of all post-secondary transcripts are also required. NOTE that this competition is internal, students should direct their questions to their proposed supervisor or to admin@biodiversity.ubc.ca. Please do not contact NSERC. Send application materials by e-mail to admin@biodiversity.ubc.ca by March 14, 2014 (Subject: BRITE undergraduate) or deliver paper copies to Biodiv room 112.



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 otto@zoology.ubc.ca; recommended deadlines October 1 and April 1, but proposals will be accepted at any time)
  • lab rotations
  • internships in governmental, industrial, and non-profit sectors
  • international travel awards (send application to otto@zoology.ubc.ca; deadlines October 15 and April 15)

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. To be nominated for a BRITE fellowship, please request that your proposed supervisor send your name and proposed department to the BRC.

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. 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
admin@biodiversity.ubc.ca

Funded by
NSERC
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