Chairs & Professorships

Chairs and professorships are honorific positions awarded to prominent faculty members to recognize their academic accomplishments. Chair and professorship positions are separate and distinct from faculty positions.

Donor-supported Chairs & Professorships 

To attract star talent and retain outstanding performers, the Faculty of Medicine establishes and awards chairs, professorships and fellowships. Support for chairs and professorships provides critical sustainable funding to promote outstanding teaching and research.

A chair is an award to an established scholar, scientist and/or educator to a position of honour within the university and the community at large. The holder of such an award is a full professor, has a record of accomplishments in his or her field, and plays a leadership role in this area at UBC. Chair funding supports research as well as a portion of salary costs.

A professorship is an award for the appointment or retention of a rising scholar, usually an associate professor or professor. Professorships bring a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to a specific area from which UBC’s research and clinical teams can build. Professorship funding primarily supports research costs.

Canada Research Chairs

The  Canada Research Chairs program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian Universities and their affiliated hospitals and research institutes to achieve the highest levels of research excellence, and to become world-class research centres.  

The University of British Columbia has been allocated 185 chairs. There are two types of chair:

  • Tier I chairs are seven-year renewable chairs targeted at experienced researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields; 
  • Tier II chairs are five-year chairs, renewable once, and are targeted at researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their fields. 

The program aims to attract and retain excellent researchers in Canadian universities, to strengthen the training of highly qualified personnel through research, to improve the capability of universities for generating and applying new knowledge, and to optimize the use of research resources through institutional strategic planning and collaborations.

More information may be found on the Government of Canada’s Canada Research Chairs website