WWEST Junior Chairs Program

WWEST is proud to announce the WWEST Junior Chairs Program. This will establish up to three satellite WWEST programs across the BC/Yukon region at NSERC-eligible institutions to increase impact in communities outside the lower mainland of BC. The WWEST Junior Chairs will act as role-models and will deliver programs in their region based on existing WWEST programs as well as their own proposed activities. WWEST Junior Chair activities will align with WWEST’s mission to engage industry, the community and students to increase the awareness and participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study and careers.
(See the WWEST 24 Month Report to find out more about WWEST's programs.)

WWEST Junior Chairs will be awarded for one year terms based on an annual application process. Renewals will be considered along with new applicants each year. WWEST will invest $10,000 annually into each of the programs and the WWEST Junior Chairs will be required to obtain matching funds from a non-federal source. All of the funding in this program (both from WWEST and matching funds) must be invested into programming that aligns with WWEST's mission. Funds cannot be used toward Junior Chair Research, Salary, or Teaching Buyout. The WWEST Junior Chairs are expected to devote 20% of their time on this program, which should translate into a reduction in teaching load.


Applicants wishing to become a WWEST Junior Chair must…

  • Be full-time faculty at an NSERC-eligible institution in the BC/Yukon Region
  • Have a commitment of matching funds ($10,000 minimum, $15,000 preferred) from a non-federal source
  • Have a commitment from their institution that they will receive teaching relief for one year starting in September of the year the WWEST Junior Chair is awarded

Criteria for Selection

  • Teaching and research achievements and stature of the candidate;
  • Experience and/or the potential of the candidate to contribute to Chair-related issues;
  • Merit and projected impact of the proposed strategies;
  • The communication and networking plan to ensure maximum impact at the local level;
  • The support of the host institution;
  • Cash contributions secured from the supporting organization(s).

The Selection Committee will be comprised of WWEST Stakeholders and will give equal importance to each element when evaluating proposals.

Applications for 2017-2018:

The application for the WWEST Junior Chairs Program includes:

  • Application Form [.doc] [.pdf]
  • Program Proposal (7 pages max.): This proposal should cover background information about the applicant (~2 pages), information about institutional readiness and support (~1 page), a proposed plan for activities including applicable deliverables and metrics (~3 pages), and a budget justification (~1 page).
  • A maximum of 3 references that can comment on the program proposal and/or the applicant’s fit with the selection criteria.
  • Budget Proposal Form [.xls] [.pdf]
  • Letter from your institution committing to providing teaching relief from September 2017 to August 2018
  • Letter of commitment for matching funds ($10,000 minimum, $15,000 preferred) from a non-federal source. (If your institution is providing these funds, then you can provide one letter for funding and teaching relief.)


July 14, 2017 – Call for applications for 2017-18 Junior Chairs closes

July 31, 2017 – Successful applicants will be sent an award letter

August 15, 2017 – Successful recipients announced publicly

September 1, 2017 – WWEST Junior Chair 2017-18 term begins

April 1, 2018 – Call for applications (and renewals) for 2018-19 Junior Chairs opens

May 1, 2018 – WWEST Junior Chair 2017-18 Progress Report and Form 300 due

May 31, 2018 – Call for applications (and renewals) for 2018-19 Junior Chairs closes

August 30, 2018 - WWEST Junior Chair 2017-18 term ends

Note: All interested parties are welcome to contact us at wwest_chair@sfu.ca for information regarding this program and the application process.