Research Opportunities

This page describes research, study, collaboration, and professional development opportunities of interest to AFP Faculty.

Internal Funding and Support

Okanagan College offers support and recognition for AFP Faculty professional development including creative and scholarly activity.   Opportunities for financial support include:

For more information on these programs, check the Okanagan College Faculty Association’s Handbook.

EEA logoThe College’s annual Employee Excellence Awards also recognize achievements in Scholarly Activity. 

Professional Development

Professional Development funds may be available to promote teaching excellence, subject area competence and technical competence in an area of professional or instructional expertise.  PD funds may be available for continuing employees and term employees with right of accrual. Term employees must apply for professional development funding while on active contract. The PD Committee meets regularly throughout the academic year.  Check MyOkanagan->Faculty tab->OCExpress -- Forms->Professional Development/Training->Faculty -- Professional Development (PD) Guidelines for details on how to apply.   Retroactive applications are not normally accepted. Also check the Human Resources website.

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Research, scholarly and creative activity are also supported by the Grants-in-Aid fund.  Any OC employee who is a member of the Okanagan College Faculty Association (OCFA) shall be eligible to apply for GIA funding. This includes continuing and term (full time or part time) employees. Term employees must apply for Grant-in-Aid funding while on active contract. You can also find them under:

Employee tab
OC Express – Forms
OCFA Grants in Aid

Click here for the form

Please note that GIA has a new email address.  All applications, reports, and questions are to be sent to the email address listed below:

Professional Allowance

Expenses must be incurred between May 16 of one year and May 15 of the following year (the application year). The expenses cannot be of the type for which reimbursement is otherwise available from Travel Allowances, Professional Development or the Grants-In-Aid Fund. Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to, professional dues, subscriptions to scholarly journals, books, computer software, and computer or other equipment.

Study, Professional Development, and Research Release

Faculty may apply to their Dean or Director for release from one or more sections of teaching to pursue scholarly or creative activities. Generally, a call for applications for will be sent annually from the Dean’s office via email.  

Extended Study Leave

A faculty member who has been on a on a continuing appointment for five or more years is eligible to apply for an Extended Study Leave (Article 28). Faculty who converted into a continuing position from a term position are eligible after four or more years as continuing. Email:

Check MyOkanagan

Faculty tab
Extended Study Leave (ESL) Guidelines. 

External Funding and Opportunities

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI). GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to September.
  • All disciplines are eligible
  • Top-ranked senior undergrads from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia
Questions? Visit our website or contact

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Asia Pacific Foundation 
  • The Grants Program, funded through the

  • proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada, supports r

  • esearch and informed discussion on Canada’s relations with Asia. We offer the following five fellowship programs: post-gradua


  • te research, junior research, senior, media, and the McArthur Fellowship.

  • The Grants Program, funded through the proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada, supports research and informed discussion on Canada's relations with Asia. We offer the following five fellowship programs: post-graduate research, junior research, senior, media, and the McArthur Fellowship.
    Canada Council for the Arts
    Writing and Publishing Grants

    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Colleges that can provide support for research and a proven track record can apply for eligibility.
    Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Funding

    Inter-Action, Canada’s Multiculturalism Grants and Contribution Program, is administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

    MITACS Accelerate Program

    For graduate students and post-doctoral Fellows. Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.

    Pathways to Prosperity Canada

    An alliance of university, community, and government partners dedicated to fostering welcoming communities and promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Canada.

    Wessex Institute of Technology - International Knowledge Transfer List of 2018 Conferences



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