Public Scholars Initiative

UBC Health recognizes the growing need for research collaborations to address the increasingly complex and interconnected health problems facing society and is committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary health research and knowledge translation. 

As part of this commitment, UBC Health has partnered with the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) to facilitate the development of a community of PhD students working to address the complex questions and challenges of our world through collaborations, with a particular focus on those conducting research that impacts health equity. 

PSI supports UBC doctoral students whose research extends beyond the academy and traditional disciplinary approaches to impact the public good through collaborative, action-oriented, and creative forms of scholarship in their dissertation work. Moving beyond skills training and extracurricular experience, PSI reimagines PhD pathways that legitimize and integrate broader conceptions of scholarship and scholarly products within the core of doctoral education and dissertation research. 

Health Equity Stream

In partnership with UBC Health, PSI is accepting applications for a new health equity stream. The Health Equity Stream is a dedicated funding source to further increase the number of PSI scholars working to impact health equity within local, national, and global health systems. 

In addition to the PSI programming, scholars in the Health Equity Stream will have the opportunity to engage in learning and networking focused on building interdisciplinary connections and a community of doctoral students working to improve health equity. Activities include:

  • participating in professional development workshops specifically aimed at health research; 
  • networking with each other and with health researchers, academics, professionals, and notable guests;
  • being involved in collaborations and mentorships; and 
  • showcasing their work during a public event.     

Health-oriented and equity-focused research exists in surprising and unexpected places across every faculty, school, and department at UBC. Doctoral students from across UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan undertaking innovative health equity-oriented research are invited to apply for the Health Equity Stream of the Public Scholars Initiative. 


For more information on the Public Scholars Initiative, Health Equity Stream, programming, eligibility criteria, and application process:

Call for Applications

The Public Scholars Initiative is accepting applications for the 2023/24 cohort until Friday, May 12, 2023. For more information or to apply, visit the application page.