Sustainability Scholars

Sustainability Scholars. Real World, Real Solutions.

Sustainability Scholars sponsors University of Alberta graduate students to work on applied research projects with Edmonton-area institutions. Over the summer months, successful applicants work with professional mentors, earn up to $6,000 and complete 250 hours of project work.


Sustainability Scholars was founded by the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. Since 2015, it has grown to include close to a dozen municipal, corporate and institutional partners. 

These partnerships create unparalleled opportunity for graduate students to share their ideas and innovations, and to also learn best practices from working professionals. The program is designed to develop University of Alberta graduate students' professional aptitudes, especially in sustainability-related career fields.

Scholars have worked on climate action plans, energy improvements in affordable housing, wildlife tracking, groundbreaking energy storage, green building standards, and more. These projects enable our graduate students to apply their hard-earned knowledge to real-world challenges. As a result, real progress is made to shift the Edmonton area toward sustainability and climate resilience.


Meet some of our Scholars

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Real Solutions, Real World Experience

By Maryam Akbari

Many of us tend to make excuses to remain in our comfort zone while considering the challenges of trying new things, and I was no exception. However, I know that only through embracing new challenges can one continue to learn and grow as an individual. So, when my research led me to find out about the Sustainability Scholars program, my adventurous soul was an asset!

…And I’m so glad I applied! Through Sustainability Scholars I had many life experiences that were a first for me: a first successful job interview, first work experience, and a first official research project for a municipal government.

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Questions?

Jasmine Farahbakhsh
Academic Sustainability Coordinator
jasmine.farahbakhsh@ualberta.ca
780-248-1959