Are you interested in local history, public humanities, Indigenous studies, regional identity, community engagement, or museum and library studies?
Do you love exploring photographs and archives at your local museum? Are you interested in cultural history and how regional identities are developed? Is there a historical topic, place, or person that you’ve always wanted to learn more about? This fund is for you!
Follow your interests while you work with community partners and university mentors and gain experience with community research, project management, and knowledge dissemination!
The Sharron Simpson Family Community Engagement Endowment Fund will support student experiential learning opportunities at UBC Okanagan Library that establish and enhance impactful university-community relationships with an emphasis on raising awareness of public history and regional identity. Students will work with community partners and university mentors to gain valuable skills in collaboration, secondary research, project management, and knowledge dissemination.
Funding through this award will support student work hours through an internship model to allow the recipient to carry out the proposed project work. Award funding can also be applied to other direct expenses related to the proposed project. A project supervisor will be assigned from within the Library. The Library will also provide research mentorship, project management support, in-kind contributions (including space and supplies), internal coordination with other UBC units as needed, and support with project communication and dissemination.
Value: For 2022, there will be two prizes awarded up to $2,000 each ($4,000 total).
Application opens: February 1, 2022
Application closes: February 28, 2022
Project Duration: Proposed projects of up to two months in duration should be completed during Spring/Summer 2022 (May – August period).
To be eligible students must:
- be registered in a minimum of 18 credits at UBC Okanagan in the previous winter season (September-April)
- be residing in Canada for the duration of the proposed project work period
- complete the application requirements by the application deadline (February 28, 2022)
Successful proposals will:
- focus on a topic related to public history and/or regional identity of the Okanagan
- clearly identify how the project will establish new or enhance existing community relationships with the university
- identify specific collaboration partners (For example, organization(s) or target audience(s) in the community, UBC staff or faculty, Library initiatives, collections, or services)
- identify project outcomes and anticipated project impact (For example: How will this program impact the university and the community partners? How will the outcomes be shared and communicated?)
- identify how the project will contribute to academic, career or personal goals
- be creative!
We are interested in new and innovative ways that establish and/or enhance impactful university-community relationships with an emphasis on raising awareness of public history and regional identity. A few ideas to give you a range of possible projects include a speaker event or a digital or physical display or exhibit.
Materials must be emailed by 4pm on Monday February 28, 2022, to:
Proposal Development Support
If you are interested in applying to this fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be invited to a special writing workshop geared to improving your application.
For assistance with gaining a better understanding of potential topic areas and developing your project idea, please review the following resources:
- UBC Okanagan Library Special Collections and Archives
- British Columbia Regional Digitized History
- Sncewips Heritage Museum
- UBC Okanagan Public Humanities Hub
- UBC Okanagan Subject Librarians
For questions about the application process or for further information please contact: