Apply for an AMS Impact Grant

Your student society thinks the best way to make UBC a better place is to first understand the forces that shape it. The AMS Impact Grant is an initiative providing funding to UBC students interested in conducting scholarly research to build knowledge and understanding of post-secondary matters affecting UBC Vancouver’s community. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a healthier, more supportive, more successful student community.

Priority will be given to interdisciplinary and team projects. Depending on the length or scope of their proposal, applicants may receive up to $3000 for a project lasting a year. However, particularly ambitious projects may receive more funding and last longer if the applicant provides proper justifications. Most of the grant should be used to help defray the salaries of the research lead and team, but may also be used to reimburse such materials, supplies and equipment directly required to carry the research. Proposals should include a description of research to be conducted, ideas for how this research can inform positive changes at UBC by building upon existing work happening at UBC, and a realistic plan for implementing these ideas. Over the course of their year-long projects, successful applicants will spend 6 months conducting research, and the remaining 6 months implementing results while working with an AMS staff member and/or a person or unit at UBC.

Applications will be evaluated by an adjudication committee according to their relevance to the mandate of the AMS, the needs of its members, and the merits of the proposals. The committee will make recommendations with respect to the projects that should be funded and in what amount. The Executive Committee will make all final decisions with respect to selection and funding.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals on any topic, but potential research could include:

  • Student life (academic and non-academic)
  • Social sustainability
  • Student mental health and wellbeing
  • Open access publishing and copyright issues
  • Campus planning
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Affordability/accessibility of education
  • UBC housing models
  • Campus child care
  • Public transit
  • Evaluation of governance at UBC


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AMS Impact Grant Applications are due March 15, 2018 and must be submitted by email to

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