UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) was launched on the UBC Vancouver campus in 2015 to support UBC doctoral students whose research extended beyond the academy, and beyond traditional disciplinary approaches, to have a tangible impact for the public good through collaborative, action-oriented, and/or creative forms of scholarship in their dissertation work.

In 2022, the Public Scholars Initiative expanded to the UBC Okanagan campus with a cohort of seven doctoral students joining the Public Scholars network.

Representing many faculties and disciplines, Public Scholars are united under the PSI umbrella with a passion for contributing to the public good.