TAR graduate award

Many students will become a TAR intern, where graduate students can practice developing learning objectives, producing learning materials to engage students in active learning, developing assessment tools, and empirically evaluating student learning.

In addition, for eligible projects, students can receive a TAR graduate award of $7,000, paid to the students’ graduate program to be applied directly to their graduate stipend. This award is intended to replace a one-term teaching assistantship.


To be eligible for a Teaching as Research graduate award,

  • You should be a UBC graduate student (Master’s students in year 2 of your program, or PhD students in years 2-5);
  • Your proposed TAR project should focus on improving student learning in a class in one of the following faculties: Science, Applied Science, Land and Food Systems;
  • Your proposed TAR project should have high potential for impact on student learning.

Examples of impact include:

  • Integrate learning materials that highlight specific UBC research projects, as a vehicle to promote active learning in senior high school, college, and university courses.
  • Have the potential to influence how students learn in large, introductory courses.
  • Link to community resources, such as non-profit organizations.
  • Integrate student experiential learning in the local, national, or international community.

Please also note:

  • TAR Graduate Awards are non-renewable. If you have already received the award for your TAR project in a previous year, you will no longer be eligible to receive the TAR Graduate Award. However, you would be able to pursue the project as a TAR Internship.
  • If your TAR project is already fully funded as a part of a different project or grant (such as a TLEF), you would still be able to compete for a TAR Graduate Award. However, the stipend will be reduced to $1000 should you be granted the award.

Leadership opportunities

In Canada, students commit to an Arts or Science stream in the last two years of high school. Providing some of our TAR interns with the opportunity to work with senior high school students, will create important role models for secondary students and will open leadership opportunities for TAR interns. It will help engage young people with a diverse group of scientists and engineers, transcending stereotypes and promoting the CIRTL core idea of learning through diversity. In addition to TAR internships in high schools, the integration of UBC research into teaching and learning in colleges and university classrooms will get UBC research stories out in communities across the province/country. The goal is to celebrate knowledge discovery in our classrooms and communities.


Applications for 2018 TAR Graduate Awards are accepted from April 20, 2018 through May 25, 2018. See the Apply section for the details on how to submit your application.

Can I still start a TAR project if I am not eligible for a TAR Graduate Award?

Yes. If your application does not meet one or more of the above requirements (for example, if you are a postdoctoral fellow or if you intend to run your project in a non-STEM class), you can still propose a TAR project in the form of a TAR Internship. You can devise your own self-funded TAR project, or can define it around existing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects (see the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund project descriptions and faculty proposed TAR projects for existing projects). Please contact us at cirtl.info@ubc.ca if you have any questions.