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We always welcome applications from excellent students interested in learning more about motor skill acquisition and expert performance. I am especially keen to hear from female applicants and people from under-represented and/or marginalized groups in the University, in Kinesiology and in sport leadership. A typical student is expected to have a degree in Kinesiology, Sport-Science or Psychology and evidence of research interests in motor learning/skill acquisition and motor behaviour (this might include cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, sport psychology, coaching pedagogy). It is expected that the student is at least in the top 10-5% of their graduating class, although other factors beyond grades are taken into account when recruiting.

The School of Kinesiology at UBC offers a mentorship based system for graduate students (MSc and PhD). Students apply to work with a particular faculty member and the application is then adjudicated based on acceptance by the faculty member as well as the student fulfilling all the requirements for Graduate Studies and the School of Kinesiology. In special cases, the MKIN program is available for students who wish to do a coursework-based degree. There are a number of funding options. Canadian students are encouraged to apply for funding from one of the Tricouncil agencies before or during the application stage. Scholarship applications for a September start are typically made in October of the preceding year. Graduate students in our lab. are eligible to apply for funding from any of the Tricouncil agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR), depending on interests (see Graduate Studies for more information). You are highly encouraged to seek advice and assistance from Dr Hodges when working on any of these applications.

International, graduate students are able to get tuition waivers and scholarships from UBC, although competition is tough and most of the funding available is for PhD students. Within the School of Kinesiology we attempt to give all of our students who want the opportunity to assist with teaching, a part-time teaching assistantship (~$5000/ year). Opportunities for research assistantships (~$5-15,000/ year) are also available from research grants to help support excellent students. Competitive entrance scholarships are available from within the School of Kinesiology, The Faculty of Education and the University (Faculty of Graduate Studies). For more information on funding, please see the Graduate page on the Kinesiology website.


We welcome applications from Post-doctoral fellows. There are potential opportunities for sessional teaching within the School to help support post-doctoral research, as well as some funding from research grants. Interested Post-doctoral researchers are, however, strongly encouraged to seek funding from the Canadian Tricouncil agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) as well as funding agencies wtihin your respective country (e.g., NIH, Fulbright, ESRC, BBSRC etc.) Please see the UBC G+PS website for more information about postdoctoral opportunities (and funds).


We are always looking for keen and bright undergraduate students to help in the lab. Some work is volunteer based, but we try and make a number of UG paid research positions available (to apply, please send  cover-letter email, informal transcript of courses and grades, any other relevant information to Dr Hodges via email). These positions are on a needs basis and preference is given to students interested in graduate studies as well as to under-represented individuals in STEM including women, BIPOC and people who identify as a minority group.