Sustainability Scholars: mentorship and applied research for University of Alberta graduate students.

Sustainability Scholars

Sustainability Scholars sponsors University of Alberta graduate students to work on applied research projects with the City of Edmonton and other institutions. Successful applicants work with professional mentors, earn up to $6,000 and complete 250 hour projects in the summer.

Deadline extended until March 7, 2018

Browse the list below to learn about program qualifications, and to apply for up to three different positions. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Mar. 7, 2018.

The following applications are closed:

Make tangible change in the way the city operates.

Edmonton is Canada's second fastest growing city and local leaders have committed to ambitious sustainability goals. Sustainability Scholars partners with institutions, including the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta, to complete the research that they need in order to move their agendas forward.

Scholars in the News

Breastfeeding moms need support at work and school

Nursing doctoral student Shela Hirani assessed the university's breastfeeding policies and facilities.

People in neon hazard suits sort waste.

Are we throwing away more food than we think?

Sociology masters student Amanda Evans audited food waste in three Edmonton neighbourhoods.

Man in black t-shirt walks through grassy area.

Sustainable developments

Conservation biology masters student Scott Boyce created a sustainability plan for the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Embedding research in the sustainable city

MBA student Marni Devlin Moses mapped Edmonton's residential energy consumption.

Get Involved

The program relies on partners like the City of Edmonton, City of Spruce Grove, and Stantec who provide research projects and mentors.

If you are a graduate student enrolled through to the end of August, you can apply for a position. Learn more about the program and watch for applications opening in December.


New community partners may apply by Dec. 1, 2017.

New Sustainability Scholar positions open in January, 2018.

Completed Research

All scholars' final reports are freely available in this archive.


This is a program of the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta, through the Office of the Provost, Office of Sustainability, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Career Centre.

Logos: City of Edmonton, University of Alberta.


Dr. Robert Summers
Director, Sustainability Scholars
Office of the Provost