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Visiting Scholars and Professionals

NOTE: Our sponsor, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will no longer be funding our program effective April 1, 2015. As our program will be winding down we are no longer accepting applications, effective August 2014.


We welcome professionals, policy makers, visiting scholars and other practitioners who wish to spend a one-year sabbatical or secondment at the University of British Columbia in the Bridge Program. Applicants should have base salary support. The Bridge Program will provide up to $10,000 in funding in the form of a salary top-up.

Successful applicants are designated "Bridge CIHR Strategic Training Fellows".

Start Date: There is no formal start date for sabbaticals or secondments, but the first week of Bridge courses is the week following Labour Day in September. All Bridge Fellows (including professionals, policy makers, visiting scholars, and other practitioners) are expected to attend the courses during the academic year (September to April).

Program requirements: Obligations that all funded Bridge Fellows are required to fulfill are listed under OVERVIEW > Program Intro and Requirements.

Comments from professionals who have joined the Bridge Program:

Chung-sik Yoon, Catholic University of Daegu, 2006/07:

"One thing I enjoyed was that I participated as a student/fellow not as a mentor/professor. Sitting as a student/fellow not as a mentor/professor gave me chance to look back my teaching method and skills.

Because I was educated and trained domestically in Korea and engaged for long time for only occupational hygiene field, I was challenged and refreshed through BRIDGE program in UBC.  After going back to my country, I will search the way to work internationally with faculty members of bridge program. Also, I will contact several institutes including my school if they provide internship opportunities for future Bridge Fellows."


Jack Bryden, BC Water, Land and Air Protection, 2004/05:

"Participation in the Bridge Program offered the opportunity to work with some extremely talented people. The Bridge team designed a research proposal related to the composting of animal carcasses during crisis situations such as the recent avian flu outbreak in British Columbia. I understand that UBC will be submitting this research proposal to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for 'made in BC' research that will be extremely useful in the development of environmental regulation and policy across Canada.

The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection allowed me the time to both mentor and learn from this unique UBC Program and, as a result, the ministry will benefit from the skills I have learned from the Bridge Program and its participants."


John Rowse, BC Ministry of Health Planning, 2002/03:"The Bridge Program has offered me a great insight into the workings of the academic institution at UBC. It has given me an opportunity to establish contacts within the faculty who I will be able to resource in the future for the mutual benefit of the Ministry of Health Planning’s Population Health and Wellness Division and UBC. The research project chosen by the students is directly relevant to our division’s areas of interest and provided me with significant insight into the processes necessary to develop scientific research. I have found working with the high caliber of students and staff in the program to be both challenging and invigorating. 

I continue to be thrilled to be the first “Practitioner Fellow” involved in this program and feel that the practitioners play an integral part of the Bridge framework. I feel that practitioners can offer a clear “real world” view on projects for the classes. I would encourage the staff at the UBC Bridge Program to continue to recruit practitioners from business and government as I have felt that it is a rewarding and valuable use of my time. "

Application Process 

Professionals, policy makers, scholars, and other practitioners may have an academic home in the Bridge Program or in one of the 8 affiliated academic units. They apply directly to the Bridge Program. Required application documents include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 3 confidential reference letters
  3. Letter of Intent outlining:
  • Research or professional experience
  • Basis for interest in the program
  • Plans for integrating knowledge and experience gained in their careers
  • The time period they wish to spend at UBC 

4.    Evidence of base salary support and ability to spend at least 2 days per week at UBC, on average.

All application materials should be emailed to the Bridge Program Manager.

Admissions Committee

Admissions decisions will be made by the Admissions Committee shortly after the application materials are received. The Committee includes 

  • a minimum of three Bridge faculty mentors (representing each of the three core areas);
  • at least one practitioner who is an adjunct, clinical, or associated faculty member; and
  • one representative of the Fellows.

For more information about the Committee, please refer to PEOPLE > Committees.

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