Call for Applications

The UBC Women in House Program is a new, innovative, and practical program that is aimed at promoting a greater level of female representation in the Canadian government, pairing female and female-identified students for a full day with a Member of Parliament or Senator so that students can directly observe political procedures, learn about gender equity, and engage in mentorship and networking with Canadian political leaders.

Participants will also be involved in a second day of learning where they will attend the academic portion of the program to be held with journalists, professors, and/or other practitioners on a related topic, as well as have a tour of the Parliament Buildings.

The Women in House Program will be held on March 20-21, 2019, and includes fully subsidized flights (March 19 and 22) and hotel stays in Ottawa. Students will also be expected to attend a reception in Vancouver prior to the start of the program, as well as to submit a blog post reflecting on their experience within two weeks of their return for posting on the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs’ website.


This year’s program is open to 10 female and female-identified students enrolled in the following departments at the University of British Columbia during the 2018-2019 school year:

  • School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • Department of Political Science
  • International Relations Program

To Apply

Students interested in participating in the March 2019 Women in House Program can submit the following documents via e-mail to Aaron Posehn at by Nov. 30, 2018 at 11:59pm:

  • a full CV, max 2 pages (pdf)
  • a 1-page statement of interest (pdf)
  • level of language skills in French and/or English
  • full contact information (name, email, phone, address)

We thank all applicants for applying, but due to the high number of applications, only successful candidates will be notified (by e-mail). All candidates will be chosen by committee by Dec. 14, 2018.