A program for prospective graduate students in psychology

The UBC Department of Psychology’s Diversity Mentorship Program aims to prepare and mentor students from diverse, under-resourced, traditionally underrepresented, and/or marginalized backgrounds for graduate admissions in psychology. This program is geared towards advanced undergraduates or recent graduates who are interested in applying for research-oriented graduate programs in psychology. The first application cycle was Fall 2021 for entry in 2022-23.

About the program

The program officially launched in June 2021 with a virtual weekend of workshops, panels, and meetings. Program attendees were then paired with a psychology graduate student or postdoctoral mentor. The mentor provides guidance through the summer, fall, and winter, including offering personalized feedback on graduate application materials and advice about preparing for campus interviews.

The two-day event included workshops, panels, and small group meetings on topics such as:

  • Expectations for grad school and for an academic / research career
  • Perspectives and experiences of students and faculty members from diverse backgrounds
  • How to apply for grad school, how applications are evaluated, and the interview process
  • Funding

Following the event in June, mentees and mentors met at least three times—in the summer, fall, and winter—to discuss topics of greatest interest and need for the mentee, such as:

  • Selecting graduate programs
  • Feedback on application materials
  • Preparing for campus interviews
  • Transitioning to graduate school

A limited number of vouchers were available to program participants to offset the UBC graduate school application fee.

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible to participate if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. You come from a background that is diverse, under-resourced, marginalized, and/or traditionally under-represented in psychological science. This includes but is not limited to students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, from low-income backgrounds, living with disabilities, and / or are in the first generation in their family to attend university.
  2. You are a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student or have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in the past few years.
  3. You intend to apply for admission to research-oriented Master’s or PhD Psychology programs, such as the UBC Psychology graduate program or programs at other universities.
  4. Open to students from anywhere; not restricted to UBC or Canada.


Applications closed on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Stay tuned on when the next application cycle opens!

Become a mentor

Are you a current psychology graduate student or postdoctoral researcher? Mentor an undergraduate student!

Frequently Asked Questions

No, this program is not restricted to Canadians. People both within and outside of Canada are welcome to apply!

No, you are welcome to submit an application for this mentorship program even if you do not intend to apply to UBC for graduate admission. We anticipate that participants will benefit in many ways (e.g., strengthening graduate application materials, professional development, networking), regardless of where they apply for graduate school. Please note that this program is separate from graduate admissions decisions for UBC Psychology. Participation in this program will NOT give you priority for admission to graduate school at UBC.

The most important part of the application will be your responses to the open-ended questions about your research interests and experience in psychology, why you want to participate in this program, and the ways in which your diverse experiences have shaped your academic and career interests. Based on the responses, we will prioritize applicants with academic backgrounds (and preferably research experience) in Psychology, and those who are committed to applying for graduate programs in the upcoming cycle. We will strive to maximize inclusion for people from diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual identities, etc.), particularly applicants whose diverse background and experiences have guided the development of their professional goals. Lastly, we will aim to have areas of interest in psychology (i.e., clinical, social, developmental, cognitive, health, behavioural neuroscience, and quantitative) represented among the program participants.

There is no minimum GPA requirement for this program. As described above, we will review applications in a holistic manner that considers your academic & research experience and interests, alongside your perspective on the ways in which diversity has contributed to your career goals.

Learn more

Rachele Benjamin
Benjamin Cheung
Lucy De Souza
Ellen Jopling
Kristin Laurin (Committee Chair)
Lillian May
Nancy Sin (Program Lead)

The program received support from the Department of Psychology at UBC and the UBC Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund