Vivien Srivastava Child-Care Stipend for Postdoctoral Fellows

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UBC Science, in partnership with the Vivien M. Srivastava Memorial Endowment, fund has a long-standing commitment to supporting and encouraging women scientists early in their research career.

A critical barrier for the advancement of women in scientific careers is the lack of affordable child care. To address this issue the Srivastava UBC Science PDF Child-care Stipend was established to help alleviate the child-care costs for women postdoctoral fellows working in the Faculty of Science at UBC Vancouver.

Stipends are provided on an annual basis for women postdoctoral fellows who are working full-time and who have primary care responsibilities for a child in the infant through pre-school age range (from birth up to five years of age). All applicants must show proof of child-care costs as part of their application. The child-care stipend is paid as a single lump sum, typically awarded in March for expenses of the previous year.


Any woman postdoctoral fellow working full-time within the Faculty of Science (UBC Vancouver), who has primary care responsibilities for a child in the infant through pre-school age range may apply. Previous stipend recipients are welcome to apply if eligible. The applicant should be employed at UBC at least until end of March 2020.


Applications will be reviewed on an annual basis. Stipend decisions are made based on the availability of funds and the applicant’s eligibility.


The stipend will be paid out in a single, taxable lump sum. The size of the stipend is dependent on the number of applicants and may change on an annual basis. Successful applicants can expect to receive a minimum of $1,000 per year and child; the stipend will not exceed $4,000 per year and child.

This initiative is sponsored in memory of Dr. Vivien M. Srivastava, the first woman to receive a PhD in Zoology at UBC. Learn more about the Vivien M. Srivastava Memorial Endowment Fund and our women-in-science initiatives.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically to Science Initiatives. A complete application includes:

  • Application form (including applicant’s and their supervisor’s signatures)
  • Proof of child-care expenses (invoice, proof of payment)
  • Proof of child’s age (copy of birth or adoption certificate)

Application Deadline January 31, 2020

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