Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards

About the Awards

Designed for International Undergraduate students who are interested in research, the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards subsidizes professors to hire students to work on their research projects. The program provides students with workplace experience through undergraduate research opportunities, particularly for students interested in research as a career.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:

In addition:

  • Graduating international undergraduate students are eligible only for the academic term directly following the completion of your program requirements (regardless of your graduation date). Students who finish their courses in Winter Term 2 (April) and graduate in the spring (May) will be eligible to hold a Work Learn in the summer term. You must have applied for a post-graduation work permit or have some other form of authorization to work in Canada. If you have questions about your eligibility, please speak with an International Student Advisor.  
    • UBC students who have completed program requirements and whose program completion letter is not yet available are considered by UBC to be “full time for immigration purposes.”
    • If your letter of completion is available, you must have applied for a post-graduation work permit or have some other form of authorization to work in Canada. If you have questions about your eligibility, please speak with an International Student Advisor.

    • It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary work authorization documents to work after completing your studies.

  • You may hold only one Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) and hold a maximum of three Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Awards throughout your university career.
  • You must be engaged in research activities on a full-time basis (35 paid hours/week plus a 1-hour unpaid lunch break) for a minimum of 16 weeks at the UBC Vancouver campus. 
  • You must work under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • At the end of the award, you will be asked to complete a short summary report of your experience and complete an evaluation, which will be initiated by the Work Learn program office. 

Value and payment

  • These awards have a value of $4,500. This amount will be reimbursed to your project supervisor's account.
  • Project supervisors are required to supplement the amount of the award using other sources such as university funds or other funds from research grants to meeting BC’s minimum wage requirements.  The minimum pay for the tenure of your award of 16 weeks is $6,610.24 (inclusive of 4% vacation pay).  If the award is longer than 16 weeks, your pay should increase by a minimum of $413.14/week for each additional week.
  • In addition, supervisors are required to fund benefits (CPP, EI, WCB) amounting to approximately 7.48%.
  • You will receive your payment from the university in accordance with its pay procedures. You will also receive a T4 or T4A slip (Statement of Income) for tax purposes from UBC Payroll.
  • We will not reimburse for any period during which you worked part-time. No payment will be approved for any vacation leave you take during the tenure of the award.

Duration

  • The minimum normal duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks of full-time work.
  • Under exceptional circumstances, the Work Learn program may approve awards for periods of less than 16 weeks (prior approval from the Work Learn program is needed).
  • WL International Undergraduate Research Awards are held in the Summer term (May 1 – August 31), the latest a student can start working on their award to meet the minimum 16 week requirement is May 14, 2018.

Find opportunities

Create your own research opportunity by contacting eligible professors you would like to work with and tell them about this program. Many professors will be happy to talk to you about the opportunity to hire you at a subsidized wage. If you find a professor who is interested, ask them to contact their Faculty/School Coordinator for more information. Here are some tips:

  • Know what you are going to say: be prepared to talk about your interests, knowledge areas, and lab or volunteer experience. Familiarize yourself with the professor's research subject so you can ask informed questions about it. This will show that you are genuinely interested in helping with the research

  • Bring a copy of your resume

  • Regardless of whether you get the position or not, thank the professor for their time after you meet with them

How do I apply?

Each Faculty or School will have its own adjudication process for identifying and selecting eligible award recipients. Please contact your Faculty/School Coordinator regarding the application process and submission deadlines for each individual faculty and school.

The application period for the summer 2018 competition opens January 2018.

Applied Science

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Minoli Navaratnam

apsc.pd@ubc.ca

March 5, 2018 @ 4:00PM Refer to Faculty Website

Arts

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Marcy Caouette

marcy.caouette@ubc.ca

March 6, 2018

Contact professors directly

Forestry

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Chiara Longhi

chiara.longhi@ubc.ca

March 12, 2018 Please fill out this application form

Kinesiology

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Mark Carpenter

mark.carpenter@ubc.ca

Fran Harrison

fran.harrison@ubc.ca

March 9, 2018

Land and Food Systems 

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

David Kitts

david.kitts@ubc.ca

Mona Lee

mona.lee@ubc.ca

Nicholas Grant

nicholas.grant@ubc.ca

March 9, 2018

Sauder

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

John Ries

john.ries@ubc.ca

Helen D'Souza

deansoffice.reception@sauder.ubc.ca

March 16, 2018

Science - Botany

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Alice Liou

alice.liou@botany.ubc.ca

February 20, 2018 @ 2:00PM

Science - Chemistry

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Wayne Mah

undergrad@chem.ubc.ca

January 31, 2018 Refer to the faculty website for application procedures

Science - Computer Science

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Carrie Schroeder

ugrad-admin@cs.ubc.ca

February 9, 2018

Science - Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Ian Ayeras

inquiries@eos.ubc.ca

March 2, 2018

Science - Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability (IRES)

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Lisa Johannesen

lisa.johannesen@ubc.ca

Kyla Hicks

kyla.hicks@ubc.ca

February 28, 2018 Contact professors directly

Science - Institute for the Oceans & Fisheries

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Neil Maclean

neil.maclean@ubc.ca

March 9, 2018 Contact professors directly

Science - Mathematics

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Darren Rogers

ugradsec@math.ubc.ca

February 8, 2018

Science - Microbiology & Immunology

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Dave Oliver

dcoliver@mail.ubc.ca

February 15, 2018

Science - Physics & Astronomy

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Salena Li

ug-coord@phas.ubc.ca

January 22, 2018

Science - Statistics

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Andrea Sollberger

gradinfo@stat.ubc.ca

March 2, 2018

1. Watch for an announcement from the Department

2. Check the Statistics Summer Research Assistant webpage for a list of available projects and further details

3. As soon as you see a project your like, submit unofficial transcripts and a cover letter to the professor with whom you are interested in working. Make sure you submit your application right away, or the project you're interested in might be gone! Students from other programs with a background and interest in Statistics are welcome to apply.

4. After the deadline, professors will interview candidates and will make a decision

Science - Zoology

WLIURA Coordinator Application Deadline Finding WILURA Positions

Gerard Cowan

coordinator@zoology.ubc.ca

February 20, 2018 @ 4:00PM

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