The Liu Institute for Global Issues and Green College at the University of British Columbia invite applications for the position of Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College for the academic year 2018-19. The position offers the opportunity for one influential scholar, activist, artist, leader, or practitioner to locate at the Liu Institute for a 4-month period, either from September to December 2018 or January to April 2019 and to participate in the intellectual and social life of a graduate residential college with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies.  The position aims to facilitate problem-based interdisciplinary research on global issues.

For details on past Fellows, see:


The Liu Institute for Global Issues is an interdisciplinary research hub for emerging global issues in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). The Liu Institute’s current areas of research are in sustainability, security, and social justice. The Liu Institute is particularly interested in emerging issues that affect large groups of people in different places and need concerted action and new knowledge to find solutions. The SPPGA leads the way in public policy research, innovation and learning. Researchers, policy makers and aspiring change makers come here to explore local and global issues, find policy solutions and change the world for the better.

Green College is a graduate residential college founded on the philosophy of “Ideas and Friendship.” The College is home to about 90 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows every year, along with visiting scholars, journalists, writers-in-residence, etc. The mandate of the College is to foster connections outside of traditional discipline-specific discourse. It does this primarily through public lectures and events designed to promote the free exchange of ideas, whether at formal talks in the Coach House, over long-table dinners in the Great Hall, or at fireside chats with leading academics and public figures.

The Visiting Fellow is expected to enhance UBC’s interdisciplinary research and learning environment by supporting Liu Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows, and through involvement with Faculty and Faculty Associates, and with resident and non-resident members of Green College. The Visiting Fellow should expect to participate in Liu Institute and SPPGA events during their time at the Institute, as well as develop or participate in a research group, and to present their research in public talks both at the Institute and at Green College.


The Visiting Fellow will be provided with accommodation in a double room and a meal-plan which includes breakfast and dinner for five days a week at Green College for the duration of the 4-month stay. The College is situated on the edge of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, is close to the beaches and forest trails, and is just minutes from the centre of campus. Note: a partner may accompany the Visiting Fellow for the stay at Green College, but will need to cover the cost of their own meal-plan (approximately $500 incl. tax per month for the 4-month period – rates to be confirmed).

The Visiting Fellow will also receive a shared office and full access to meeting rooms, conference facilities, and staff support at the Institute. Among other things, the Institute can assist with:

  • Organizing interdisciplinary research groups;
  • Retreats, conferences, and coauthoring workshops;
  • Connecting with policymakers and activists.

The Liu Institute and Green College can also assist in promoting conferences, workshops and/or other activities that the Visiting Fellow undertakes.

The offices of the Liu Institute are equipped with a connection to a network printer and Internet. We expect the visitor to bring their own laptop. We can provide an email account, if needed, and a phone with voice-mail. Office space in the Liu Institute is limited so the Visiting Fellow must use the Liu Institute office as their primary office.

The Liu Institute is not able to pay salary, so the Visiting Fellow will need another source of income (such as sabbatical salary).


To apply, please email the following to Andrea Reynolds (

  • Current curriculum vitae (C.V.);
  • A 1-page explanation of why you would like to be associated with the Liu Institute ( and Green College ( and what you can offer to each;
  • A UBC Faculty member (Faculty, Postdoctoral, or Research Appointment) sponsor letter that includes details of your engagement on collaborative policy-relevant research with the sponsor; benefits to you, your career, and the Liu Institute and Green College; and the capacity in which the sponsor knows you;
  • One additional letter of reference;
  • An outline of planned research for your time as the Liu Institute Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College.

The next deadline is March 1st for applications for the 2018/19 academic year.

Acceptance to the Program will be based on your research fit with the Liu Institute; your experience; and the ideas and engagement that you would bring to the Liu Institute and to Green College. All Visitors are required to submit a fellowship report at the completion of their visit.

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