Stream 3: Student-led Projects

Stream 3: Student-led Projects

Student-led projects can align with any (at least one) of the 43 actions in the ISP.

If you are a student (undergraduate or graduate) principal applicant you will apply to this stream. Proposals submitted to Stream 3 are adjudicated separately from proposals submitted by faculty, staff or post-docs to the other two streams. This stream involves just one application stage.

Student-led projects can align with any (at least one) of the 43 actions in the ISP.

Click here for some examples of student-led projects that have been previously funded.

Second round support

All applicants are encouraged to collaborate. The ISI funding process is predicated on the principle of relationality rather than competition. This process is set up with the intention to break down silos and further the learning of the applicants.

In-kind support

For this stream, proposing department(s), unit(s) or Faculty(/ies) will need to provide in-kind support to demonstrate an on-going commitment to this proposal.

Examples of in-kind support:

  • Redeployment of staff to assist in projects and initiatives, for example:
    • Workshop or process facilitation. This could range from a single workshop to a series of workshops/engagements with a goal of facilitating a change process to a teaching practice or course/program design.
    • Learning design – Workshop, course or program design.
    • Learning technology – Pedagogical integration of learning tools into a course or to support a new teaching practice.
  • Donated equipment, materials and supplies
  • Covering costs of print materials
  • Use of facilities
  • General administrative/coordination support
  • Other nonmonetary resources


  • Impact at any level.
  • Principal applicant: must be full-time UBCV/O student(s) in good standing at the time of the application, and during the period of the project cycle. Students must plan to be at UBC for at least one-year of the implementation cycle with detailed plans as to how they plan for the project to continue once they leave. 
  • Co-applicant(s): UBCV/O faculty, staff, post-docs and/or students (cross-campus collaboration is strongly encouraged) and community partners who have provided their informed consent to participate in the project. The application must be supported and signed by a co-applicant who is a UBC faculty or staff member who has provided their informed consent to participate in and support of the project.
  • For proposals that detail partnerships, partner endorsements are required for your application to be successful. 
  • Please note that if funding is meant to cover the costs of direct research or a research-driven project, the ISI Fund is not intended to provide such support. Please email for further inquiries.

Adjudication Criteria

Strategic alignment

Your proposed project or initiative must align with and advance at least one of the ISP’s 43 actions.

Relationality and collaboration

Proposals must demonstrate relationality as an element of their proposed project. This may mean interconnectivity between teams within a unit or collaboration with other units across UBC, or working with Indigenous students, faculty, staff or communities.

Project impact

A project that can achieve the desired outcomes in the funding duration, or at least provide a pilot / test of a new program.

Feasibility and clarity

The proposal provides a clear project description, scope and plan.

Measurement of outcomes

The proposal includes a robust evaluation plan, including well-defined, measurable and achievable project outcomes (qualitative and / or quantitative).


The proposed budget is reasonable, aligned with the work plan and includes a clear justification for all costs associated with the project.

Funding Limits

Projects can request up to $50K over the life of the project, and can run from 12 to 18 months, with opportunity for extension, if justified.

Up to $250K has been set aside for Stream 3: Student-led Projects.

Submission Guidelines

  • The application for Stream 3: Student-led Projects consists of one stage.
  • Applicants must submit their proposal by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024 through the online application system, and respect the character limit associated with each section.
  • Support with application development and submission will be provided through information and consultation sessions throughout the application process. You can also reach out to with any questions.


All applications must be submitted through SM Apply. A template of the application form is available here:

2023 – 2024

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