Call for Applications: 2018 Summer Institute for Future Legislators

March 5 2018

We are thrilled to announce the Call for Applications for the 2018 Summer Institute for Future Legislators, hosted by the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) as part of UBC’s new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Please contact Becca ( if you require more details about the summer institute.

The UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators is now accepting applications!
Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator? If you have political aspirations, but want to know more about what being a legislator means and how to be effective in that role, you should apply to UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators. The Institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the experience and knowledge necessary to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.

The UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions is soliciting applications from a diverse and cross-partisan group of people of all ages and backgrounds. The only prerequisite is legislative aspirations and a readiness to learn from highly experienced practitioners.

With local elections in October, many people are thinking about running for municipal office. This year’s program will have an added focus on local democracy and gender in politics.

Past practitioners include: George Abbott, Dawn Black, Larry Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh, Mike Harcourt, Joy MacPhail, Preston Manning, Anne McLellan, Chuck Strahl, Carole Taylor & many others.

Topics include:

  • Legislatures & Legislative Life
  • Parliamentary Relationships
  • Political Ethics & Judgement
  • Working in the House
  • Municipal Politics
  • Gender in Politics
  • Communications
  • Representation
  • Constituency Service

APPLY ONLINE NOW! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and seats are limited.

July 14
th & 15th, July 28th & 29th (held at UBC Point Grey Campus)
August 10
th – 13th (parliamentary simulation held in Victoria, BC).


Apply for a scholarship! Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, visit our website at or contact:

*Current undergraduate UBC students wanting to take the program for course credit (registering for POLI 308b, a 3-credit course), visit our website or contact for information on the program fee, tuition fees and details on the five extra seminar dates.

We look forward to hearing from you!