Climate Education Grants provide up to $5,000 to UBC Vancouver and Okanagan faculty members to incorporate climate change content and teaching approaches into existing undergraduate and graduate courses. 


On December 5, 2019, the President and Board of Governors declared a climate emergency, driven by student leadership at UBC.

Supported by $50,000 in one-time Climate Action funding, the Climate Education Grant program aims to quickly improve the depth and delivery of climate change content in existing courses by integrating and/or bolstering topics such as climate adaptation and resilience, climate justice, climate science, climate economics, climate law, planning and policy, and complex systems thinking. All areas of inquiry related to climate change and teaching are eligible.

Funding opportunity

A grant of up to $5,000 is available per instructor to revise, deliver and assess one course. The course must be offered in summer 2021 or in the 2021/22 academic year (Winter Term 1 or 2). 

  • Proposals for up to $5,000 for one-time funding must include a detailed budget.
  • Funds can be used for a wide range of curriculum development work, including hiring students or staff to develop new material, hosting workshop(s) to consult on course changes, developing resources for online delivery, etc. Funds are non-recurring and non-renewable.

If you have questions about this grant program, please contact Jean Marcus



  • Proposed projects must be to revise an existing UBC course that will be taught by the applicant in 2021-2022: summer 2021, WT1 (September – December 2021) or WT2 (January – April 2022). Field courses and online/distance education courses are eligible.
  • Funds must be used to incorporate climate change content into an existing course. Funds may also be used to develop and/or include innovative online teaching approaches that support student learning about the climate crisis.
  • The executed course revisions supporting climate education must continue to be incorporated into the course in subsequent offerings by the applicant.
  • Applicants must be a current UBC Vancouver or Okanagan faculty member with an ongoing role. Sessional lecturers and adjunct professors are not eligible.


How to Apply

Application instructions

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Provide your CV (short CV form - maximum five pages)
  3. Obtain a letter of support from your Department Head 
  4. Submit your application (see below)

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Submit your application to by December 18, 2020*

*The Selection Committee includes the USI Academic Director, the USI Director of Teaching, Learning & Student Engagement, and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (UBCO).



Applications close December 18, 2020 (4pm PST).
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the competition on January 18, 2021.

Funds will be dispersed in early February 2021 and must be spent by April 30, 2022. Successful applicants are required to submit a final report detailing their course modifications and evaluation of impact to USI within one month of delivering their modified course.