Before you dive in, take a moment to review the program eligibility requirements and how to apply.

how to apply

1. Attend an information session or a resume preparation workshop (optional)

We are offering two information sessions and a resume preparation workshop pertinent to recruitment for the summer 2023 program. Click here for details and to register.

2. Review the program details and the list of opportunities

Read all the information on this page and in the application guide to make sure you understand the eligibility requirements and how the program works. Details about each opportunity can be found in the links below.

3. Update your resume and cover letter

You may apply for up to three different opportunities. Please make sure your resume is up-to-date and that you customise your cover letter for each opportunity that you’re applying for. Applying to the Scholars Program is competitive so it’s worthwhile to give yourself extra time to polish your cover letter and resume. 

4. Prepare your application

You will need to provide a separate resume and cover letter for each opportunity. You will also need to provide a list of references. Your cover letter, resume, and references must be saved as one PDF document, using the following naming convention: Project number_First name_Last name.pdf (e.g., 2023-072_Jenny_Smith.pdf).

5. Submit your application online


Summer 2023 Opportunities

Summer 2023 opportunities will be posted here in early January 2023. The application deadline is January 29, 2023. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications about information sessions, resume workshops and when the job postings are ready.

Fall 2022 Opportunities

We are no longer accepting applications for the fall 2022 program.

REPOST: 2022-100 Research on the emissions and waste reduction potential of electronic shelf labels in the retail sector (closed)
REPOST: 2022-082 Measuring the environmental impact of clothing recirculation in Vancouver (closed)

2022-074 Investigating invasive plant species distribution & composition in Stanley Park in response to a shifting climate (closed)
2022-075 Research to understand the potential impact of life transitions to shift people to low carbon lifestyles (closed)
2022-076 Research to understand transportation policies and services that support seniors during extreme weather events (closed)
2022-077 Research to understand the benefits of Density Transfer in land use planning (closed)
2022-078 Research to understand the GHG benefits of implementing textile recycling at scale in BC (closed)
2022-079 Research to understand the effectiveness of integrated outreach methods to encourage climate action (closed)
2022-080 Empowering nurses and nursing students to be climate leaders through enhanced advocacy skills (closed)
2022-081 Best Practice Research on the Benefits and Risks of Mapping Equity-denied Groups to Inform Municipal Climate Policy (closed)
2022-082 Benchmarking the environmental and economic value of a clothing recirculation program (closed)
2022-083 Developing a climate and kindness informed pedagogical toolkit to support climate education (closed)
2022-084 Tenants' rights to energy efficient, climate resilient and healthy housing in BC (closed)
2022-085 Mitigating the environmental impacts of equipment used in healthcare through lifecycle evaluation (closed)
2022-086 Building a BC-specific Greenhouse Gas Transportation Inventory (cancelled)
2022-087 Evaluating Climate Policy: Greenhouse Gas Attribution (cancelled)
2022-088 Evaluating Climate Policy: Co-benefits/Harms (cancelled)
2022-089 Climate Change Accountability: Measuring Progress to Greenhouse Gas Targets (cancelled)
2022-090 Current State of Heat Pump Adoption in the Township of Langley  (closed)
2022-091 Research to inform the development of a shared micromobility program for the Township of Langley  (closed)
2022-092 Research to develop a climate education knowledge and community action hub (cancelled)
2022-093 Research to update policies and practices to support the health and safety needs of women living in SRA hotels (closed)
2022-094 Researching justice-oriented workplace accommodation and accessibility policies (closed)
2022-095 Mapping and Capacity Assessment of Youth Focused Organizations in Vancouver (closed)
2022-096 Research to inform an behaviour change engagement strategy to reduce GHGs from food, waste & transportation (closed)
2022-097 Best practices research to support mental health and prevent burnout in the hybrid workplace (closed)
2022-098 Deep building energy retrofit Life-cycle Costing Analysis of a mid-rise building to understand the impact of energy conservation measures (closed)
2022-099 Re-evaluating the role of incentives and regulations in promoting equitable energy efficiency and decarbonization for residential homes (closed)
2022-100 Research to understand the carbon reduction potential of switching from paper to electronic shelf labels (closed)

We are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2022 program.

The projects that took place during the summer 2022 program are listed here so you can see the depth and breadth of the sustainability and climate action problems the Sustainability Scholars are tackling this year.

Collective Impact Projects

Collective Impact (CI) projects involve multiple Scholars working in collaboration on one larger project. Some CI projects require Scholars with similar skills while some require Scholars with different skills. If you are a strong communicator and like the idea of achieving high impact through collaboration, the following projects might be for you.

2022-001A Planning for Future Food Systems (Equity framework implementation) (closed)
2022-001B Planning for Future Food Systems (Policy, practice and the rural/urban divide) (closed)
2022-001C Planning for Future Food Systems (Evaluation framework case studies) (closed)
2022-002 Virtual Community Engagement on Climate Impacts and Preparedness in Northeast BC (closed)
2022-003A Updating Lake Assessment Protocol to Interweave Traditional Knowledge (Framework Dev't and Engagement) (closed)
2022-003B Updating Lake Assessment Protocol to Interweave Traditional Knowledge (Technical Data Specialist) (closed)
2022-004 Research to develop toolkits for the creation of circular innovation districts in other jurisdictions (closed)
2022-005A Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Research & policy recommendations) (closed)
2022-005B Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Carbon Modelling & Climate Mitigation Solutions) (closed)
2022-005C Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Forest Fire Risk & Community Adaptation) (closed)
2022-005D Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Ecological Services & Sustainability) (closed)
2022-005E Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Sustainability and Climate Geospatial Analysis) (closed)
2022-006A Literature reviews to support land, water & resource mgm't in Tŝilhqot’in Territory (Habitat Mgmt) (closed)
2022-006B Literature reviews to support land, water & resource mgm't in Tŝilhqot’in Territory (Wildlife Mgmt - bears & ungulates) (closed)
2022-006C Literature reviews to support land, water & resource mgm't in Tŝilhqot’in Territory (Soil Amendment) (closed)

Fraser Estuary Research Collaborative

The Fraser Estuary Research Collaborative (FERC) is focussed on advancing efforts to protect the Fraser River estuary in collaboration with key NGO and Indigenous partners. If you are interested in producing new knowledge and supporting Fraser estuary protection through scientific, technical, governance and policy innovations the following projects might be for you.

2022-040 Fine scale bird monitoring to inform the impact of wetland restoration on the Fraser delta (closed)
2022-041 Graphic Rendering of a Restored and Resilient Fraser Estuary (closed)
2022-042 Develop shoreline conservation and restoration strategies to retain Indigenous traditional foodlands (closed)
2022-043 Flood Management for Climate, Salmon, and Community Resilience in the lower Fraser (closed)
2022-044 Ecological Impacts and Demography of Resident Canada Geese in the Fraser River Estuary (closed)
2022-045 Identifying barriers and opportunities for eelgrass restoration in the Fraser River Estuary (closed)
2022-046 Exploring opportunities to accord the Fraser River Estuary legal personhood status (closed)
2022-047 Monitoring guidelines to assess the long-term success of invasive species removal by Naturalist Clubs (closed)
2022-048 Innovative approaches to research, knowledge sharing and engagement that centres Indigenous and diverse lenses   (closed)
2022-049 Identifying and assessing climate change indicators in the Fraser estuary (closed)
2022-050 Developing an Indigenous-centric cumulative effects framework to protect the Fraser River estuary (closed)
2022-051 Assessing the potential for flood risk mitigation and salmon habitat restoration in the Lower Fraser (closed)
2022-052 Evaluation of Regulations Governing Human Activities in the Lower Fraser (closed)
2022-053 Research on agricultural land use regulations in the context of Indigenous food security (closed)

Sustainability Scholars Projects

These innovative and interesting projects form the core of the Scholars Program and serve to advance sustainability and climate action across the lower mainland and beyond. If you are interested in supporting the sustainability and climate action goals of local governments, health authorities, transportation authorities, consultancies, start ups and other organizations striving to make a difference, please read through the whole list to choose the projects you are most interested in pursuing.

2022-007 Identify and assess options for end-of-life disposal/reuse of electric bus batteries (closed)
2022-008 Understanding the Impacts of Urban and Invisible Freight (closed)
2022-009 Embedding environmental sustainability into healthcare human resource communications (closed)
2022-010 Mitigating environmental and public health impacts of refrigerants and other GHG emissions in healthcare (closed)
2022-011 Aligning safer chemicals with patient care in BC health-care facilities (closed)
2022-012 HVAC system design, technologies and protocols for enhanced indoor air quality and minimal energy usage (closed)
2022-013 Advancing sustainable health care innovations through a policy and engagement strategy (closed)
2022-014 Developing a Pathway of Climate Action in Kidney Care: Sustainable Nephrology Action Planning (closed)
2022-015 Understanding the carbon sequestration value of the City of Victoria's urban forest (closed)
2022-016 Building Energy Benchmarking: Integrating Climate-Risk Elements (closed)
2022-017 Understanding capacity-building needs for heat pump retailers and installers (closed)
2022-018 Research the Impacts of Innovative Fenestration Materials on the Embodied & Operating Carbon of Buildings (closed)
2022-019 Developing a sustainability action plan for the West Vancouver Police Department (closed)
2022-020 Innovative approaches to intercultural climate engagement  (closed)
2022-021 Research to inform the carbon reduction strategy at Herschel Supply Co. (closed)
2022-022 Case study research to tell the story of the Sustainability Scholars Program (closed)
2022-023 Assessing the viability of innovative testing methods to monitor bacteriological activity in the water supply (closed)
2022-024 Reclaimed Water Pricing Structures and Benefits Assessment for the Metro Vancouver Region (closed)
2022-025 Review and cost analysis of low-emission alternatives to open-air burning of residential vegetative waste (closed)
2022-026 Research to establish dedicated innovation and training spaces within Wastewater Treatment Plants (closed)
2022-027 Supporting Metro Vancouver’s Fleet Climate Action Strategy (closed)
2022-028 Evaluation of alternative breakwater materials for habitat restoration (closed)
2022-029 Research on building form and character features that support high performance building design (closed)
2022-030 Building toolkits to support remote Indigenous communities transition to sustainable energy systems (closed)
2022-031 Leveraging existing policies to reduce embodied carbon in retrofits (closed)
2022-032 Analysis of community energy and emissions data to understand progress toward reaching targets (closed)
2022-033 Advancing low carbon resilient buildings following a disaster (closed)
2022-034 Research to inform an action plan to support adoption of an urban marine park in False Creek (closed)
2022-035 Research to understand best practices in communicating the benefits of building electrification (closed)
2022-036 Research on high-performance building and energy management training for Indigenous audiences (closed)
2022-037 Research to evaluate equitable approaches to multi-unit residential rental building electrification retrofits in Victoria, BC (closed)
2022-038 Finding Energy Efficient Cooling and Heating Retrofit Options for Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Apartments (closed)
2022-039 Promoting health equity and inclusivity in wellbeing at UBC (closed)
2022-054 Defining feminist approaches to organizational strategy development  (closed)
2022-055 Identification of resources to support climate action programming in community centres (Closed)
2022-056 Supporting the development of a Green and Blue-Green Roof Information Portal (Closed)
2022-057 Estimating the whole life carbon contribution of the construction and operation of parking spaces (Closed)
2022-058 Best Practices to Mobilize Community Climate Action and Develop of Climate Literacy Materials (Closed)
2022-059 Research on living shoreline alternatives for the Stanley Park seawall (closed)
2022-060 Research to support development of a decision framework for climate resilient asset management (closed)
2022-061 Analyzing collision data to identify priority locations for road safety improvements (closed)
2022-062 Filling the walking data gap: Research to understand traffic signal push-button data  (CANCELLED)
2022-063 Comparative life cycle analysis of heavy duty vehicles fueled by renewable diesel, electricity or hydrogen fuel cells (closed)
2022-064 Research to reduce the impacts of street/sidewalk pavement rehabilitation on the urban forest (closed)
2022-065 Researching policy framework for integration of rapid transit stations with affordable housing development (closed)
2022-066 Equity Impacts of Energy Submetering & Low Carbon Building Policies (closed)
2022-067 Researching possibilities for justice-oriented workplace accommodation and accessibility policies (closed)
2022-068 Equity, Cultural Safety and Humility in the Context of Early Learning and Childcare (closed)
2022-069 Research to understand the benefits of granting practices that support grassroots organizing (closed)
2022-070 Research to support safe, accessible, and comfortable experiences at voting places (closed)
2022-071 Exploring how urban street furniture contributes to climate change resiliency and sustainability (closed)
2022-072 Heritage boulevard green infrastructure enhancement (Cambie Street Median) (closed)
2022-073 Accessible and Equitable Drinking Fountain Placement Strategy (closed)