The Research Excellence Workshop Leader Initiative (REWLI) is a pilot program between the College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication. The program aims to leverage and support the diverse skill sets of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Through this program, up to ten (10) applicants will receive funding to develop and deliver a workshop relevant to their field or the wider academic community. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop workshops and engage in formalized teaching and learning activities.
  • Learn and develop new skills while gaining valuable teaching experience that can be added to an instructional portfolio or CV as a way to advance one’s academic career.

Program Details

The College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) aim to enhance the diversity and availability of learning opportunities available to graduate students beyond what is offered by individual faculties.

Successful applicants will receive a total payment of $1050. The payment will be made in two installments of $525 each: the first upon acceptance of the proposal, and the second after the workshop(s) have been delivered.

Successful applications will demonstrate the applicant’s passion for sharing their skills and knowledge with their peers. They should propose a workshop that is unique and not already offered at UBCO. The proposal should explain why the workshop is needed, how it will be delivered, and what benefits it will provide to the target audience.

Applications are welcome from students of all research backgrounds and domains. We encourage applicants to consider the needs of their colleagues and fellow students when proposing a workshop.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be accepted into a UBCO graduate program with a start date of no later than September 2023, or be a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • have supervisor acceptance and approval for the application


  • Complete the application form
  • Ensure you have supervisor approval or sponsoring faculty member

Applications for 2023/2024 are now open and will close at 11:59 pm PST on May 31, 2023.




There are many opportunities to help improve and enhance pedagogical practices, from strategies for identifying objectives and outcomes to addressing historical and current injustices as part of the teaching and learning process that can be accessed through the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at UBC and the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBCO. It is expected that presentations will follow accessibility best practices, like those outlined on Association for Higher Education Access and Disability’s page for Accessible PowerPoint Presentations.

For one-on-one support for creating accessible presentations or developing a workshop proposal, book an appointment with the CSC Associate, Jessica Lowry.


For any questions regarding this program, please contact:

  • Kristy Baxter, Centre for Scholarly Communication Coordinator
  • (250) 807-9305