Last update: October 26, 2017

The Centre for Community Engaged Learning provides grants to faculty members to create community-based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. CBEL provides students with the opportunity to apply their discipline-specific skills and knowledge, working on projects in partnership with community-based organizations to resolve complex community challenges.

2017/18 submissions are now open! Apply now.


Take learning beyond the classroom and get funding for community-based experiential learning.

For the 5th consecutive year, The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are pleased to offer funding to instructors teaching courses that include remote community based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in BC communities outside of the Lower Mainland, and other urban centres across the Province. 

The Remote Community Based Learning Fund enables students to apply discipline-specific skills and knowledge by working in partnership with organizations based in remote communities to address complex community challenges. Through these experiences, students have the opportunity to learn about community priorities outside of urban centres, while also testing their own assumptions and developing teamwork and communication skills. 


Faculty members are invited to apply online for up to $5,000 per course for the 2017/2018 academic year.  The funding is intended to cover:

  • Student travel to remote locations
  • Student accommodation in remote locations
  • Community events related to student projects – e.g. catering or venues for consultation events or workshops
  • Stipends for community partners who offer their time to support the student projects
  • Project supplies
  • Other costs directly related to the remote CBEL collaborations

Please note that only economy standard travel and accommodation will be funded. Funds are not intended for capital investments such as the purchase of teleconferencing equipment.  Students who benefit from this funding will be expected to provide a short report, story, or video describing their experience working with a remote community partner.

For more information, please visit the Student Services website or click here for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Your involvement

Apply online now!


Please consider the following criteria when completing your application:

  • Project is located in a remote community in British Columbia
  • Experience is project based
  • It is a group project (individual placements such as internships and practicums are not eligible)
  • Project has emerged through community partner and faculty collaboration

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