Awards for Student Research in Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security
The Liu Institute for Global Issues in the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs invites applications from UBC students intending to undertake research on topics related to nuclear disarmament and global security.
Students selected will produce a research paper by May 1, 2019. They will also be expected to attend any seminars, workshops and other activities related to nuclear disarmament and global security organized by the Liu Institute for Global Issues or the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Upon satisfactory production of the paper, undergraduate and graduate students will receive awards of $1,000 and $1,500 respectively.
All full-time UBC graduate students and undergraduate students of at least third year standing of all disciplines who meet the UBC Senate requirements for Awards, are eligible to apply. Multiple participants that represent a balance across disciplines, gender, and experience levels will be selected.
Applicants should submit a research proposal; a covering letter; a curriculum vitae; and a sample of the applicant’s prior work. An Application Form must also be submitted. Details on the application materials can be found below.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee headed by Professor M. V. Ramana, Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security, Liu Institute for Global Issues, as well as Professors Arjun Chowdhury (Political Science) and Paul Meyer (Simon Fraser University & The Simons Foundation). Awards are made on the recommendation of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Applications must be received by October 20, 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified by November 5, 2018.
Applicants should identify a research project of interest that relates in some way to nuclear disarmament and/or global security. Sample topics include the 2017 Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, President Donald Trump’s call to create a space force, media coverage of the nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan, and how artists have responded to specific events in the nuclear age. The proposal should provide a well-defined research question, a brief overview of the relevant literature(s) on the topic, and a research design within 1000-1500 words. The research proposal should be prefaced by a short abstract of roughly 300 words summarizing the applicant’s initial understanding of the topic and its significance.
Applicants should provide a covering letter, not to exceed one (1) page, that, inter alia, describes their interest in nuclear disarmament and/or global security.
Curriculum vitae should not exceed two (2) pages.
Sample of Prior Work:
Applicants should provide a sample of prior work; written work is not to exceed fifteen (15) pages; we welcome multimedia submissions (art or video projects, presentations, and so forth) at the applicants’ discretion.
An application form may be found here.
Contact for Questions:
Jaylene Olson, International Relations Program Manager and Advisor, Faculty of Arts, Liu Institute for Global Issues