Resources and Funding

As part of engaging with the University of Alberta's research and teaching communities, as well as building bridges across disciplines, we have collected various resources and funding sources on this webpage. Please make use of these resources collected from across the university, as well as some that are created or managed by the Sustainability Council.

If you have questions or suggestions, email Trevor Chow-Fraser.

Funding for research assistants

Students gain experiential learning by conducting research. At the same time, they can participate in developing the solutions and data that we need to build a better world—the work that University of Alberta academics are doing every day.

If you are looking for a research assistant for a project you have in mind—or if you don’t have a project, but are willing to be a mentor—the Sustainability Council can help.

The URI Undergraduate Researcher Stipend enables undergraduate students to carry out mentored, interdisciplinary research projects. Students in any year and any discipline can find a supervisor and apply for a $6,000 stipend for 4–12 months. Of particular note to sustainability research, a number of stipends are reserved for:

  • campus-based sustainability research
  • projects conducted by women, students with disabilities, or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students and supervised by a Future Energy Systems researcher
  • projects supervised by a Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences researcher
  • dissemination funding to support social justice research

The next deadline is Feb. 25, 2021 for all projects taking place in summer 2021 or the 2021–22 academic year.

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Funded through energy savings, Campus Sustainability Grants can be awarded to support “campus as a living lab” type projects—research that uses the university campus as a testing ground for more widely applicable sustainability solutions.

Research should improve operations and practices, advance the stewardship of our natural environment, conduct collaborative research in sustainability, encourage integrated and collaborative solutions to sustainability problems, or advance a culture of sustainability on our campuses.

Micro grants are available at any time for up to $2,000, while major projects can receive up to $50,000, disbursed three times a year.

Learn more

If the right student approaches us with an idea for an undergraduate research project, we connect them to potential supervisors on our affiliate list.

Become a potential mentor

E-Conferencing Resources

Give a top notch online presentation

You’re presenting at an online conference and you want to nail it. You’re an expert who knows your material, so presenting isn’t a problem. But how can you be sure the whole online video part works?

Use these tips to get ready for any live video presentation. You’ll look and sound your best, and it will build your reputation as a go-to presenter for the growing slate of online conferences.

Read the Tips

Hold speaking events online

To deliver over 20 lectures and workshops this year, the Sustainability Council has put together a guide for moving these events online. It outlines how to set up Eventbrite for promotions and Zoom for video conferencing. There is a checklist to run through with presenters, ensuring they are set-up well before showtime. And split-and-defined roles and task lists for staff ensure each event runs smoothly.

While this guide is specifically tailored for the Sustainability Council, we hope it can be a useful starting point for other event organizers at the University of Alberta.

Access the guide

Organize an entire conference online

Learn the best practices KIAS developed over five years of running Around The World, an annual, online-only conference. This toolkit will help you start exploring exciting new conference formats that can take advantage of the online space. Tailored to the University of Alberta, you'll get ideas for building a case, mastering the tech set-up, maximizing interaction and making the most of campus resources.

Start e-conferencing to bring new voices into the conversation, reach scholars in remote locations, build a worldwide audience, innovate academically—and shrink your carbon footprint at the same time!

Download the toolkit