PIBC Annual Student Fellowship Award

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PIBC Annual Student Fellowship Award

The PIBC Annual Student Fellowship Award provides funding to support Student members’ attendance at and participation in the PIBC’s Annual Conference.

This year's funding will support attendance at the jointly organized 2024 BC Land Summit - Collaborations & Connections in Nanaimo, BC from May 8-10, 2024. As the award normally would include an opportunity to present at the Annual Conference, for this year award recipients will instead be asked to make a presentation on their proposed topic at a future professional learning event sometime within the 2024 calendar year (e.g. a webinar, recorded session, local Chapter event, or other similar learning event) to be published, shared or held with Institute members.

2024 Student Fellowship Award Timeline

Call for applications open: February 12, 2024
Application deadline: March 11, 2024, 4 pm PT
Results released: March 22, 2024


This award shall be issued to one (1) eligible recipient from each of the Institute accredited university planning programs in British Columbia and Yukon.


This award shall be available to any Student member of the Institute in good standing who is currently enrolled in one of the Institute accredited planning programs in British Columbia and Yukon. Any Student member who is already a recipient of another Student award or other financial support outlined in this policy shall not normally be eligible for this award during the same fiscal (calendar) year. Recipients of this award may only receive this award once during their tenure as a Student member of the Institute.


In order to be considered for this award, interested eligible Student members must apply in writing to the Institute in full accordance with the application process and deadlines prescribed by the Institute, including providing:

  • information about their academic achievements and areas of academic research;
  • information about their proposed presentation; and
  • any other information as may be required and/or requested.


The selection of successful recipients of this award shall be made based on merit, taking into consideration:

  • overall academic achievement; and
  • quality of proposed presentation


This award would normally be applied towards reimbursement of recipients’ travel, accommodation and conference registration expenses incurred in attending, and participating in the Institute’s Annual Conference (up to the amount prescribed) and would normally be disbursed by the Institute following appropriate documented claim by the recipient. Successful award recipients will be registered to participate in the Annual Conference. 

Completed applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form (available here)
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty member from your planning program, attesting to your overall academic achievement and the value of your candidacy for this award.
  • A 500-700 word abstract outlining proposed presentation.
  • Completed application package submitted by the submission deadline to Kelly Chan, Manager of Member Programs & Services

2023 Student Fellowship Award Recipients

The 2023 Annual Conference - It Takes A Village took place in Sun Peaks, BC from May 30 - June 2, 2023.

Madelaine Parent, UBC SCARP for Tenant Protections in Redevelopment
Mikhaila Carr, UNBC School of Sustainability and Planning for Parks, Accessible Spaces and Storytelling
Courtenay Miller, VIU Master of Community Planning for Planning for Longstanding Sustainability: Addressing the Downfalls of Green Infrastructure Planning
Nathan Zemp, SFU REM for Quantifying the Effect of Single-Family Zoning on Housing Prices in Metro Vancouver, BC

Click here for the full PIBC 2023 Awards press release.


Questions? Please e-mail Kelly Chan, Manager of Member Programs & Services

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