April 12, 2022
Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious awards available to UBC graduate students
Naomi Maldonado-Rodriguez is a Kinesiology doctoral student whose work is grounded in an intersectional and anti-colonial feminist praxis that recognizes the importance of relationship-building, relational accountability, and centring the voices of those made most marginalized.
In collaboration with Dr. Vicky Bungay, Naomi will undertake a community-based research project that explores accessible and sustainable approaches to health promotion and physical activity for women experiencing gender-based violence. To help ensure the project’s success, she will attend to how individuals already care for their health and recognize the systemic inequities that negatively impact their opportunities for participation. Through identifying the physical activity barriers and recognizing the community’s needs and strengths, Naomi will help program leaders design and implement relevant, sustainable, and beneficial programs for their members.
After completing her PhD, Naomi plans to pursue an academic career focusing on examining and dismantling systemic inequities impacting health and supporting community-based health promotion efforts.
The UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarships are awarded annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies. Their primary purpose is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Approximately 15 to 20 Killam Doctoral Scholarships, the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, are awarded each year to the top doctoral candidates in the annual tri-agency Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS-D) program and the UBC Affiliated Fellowships competition. Killam Doctoral Scholarships awardees on the UBC-Vancouver campus also become Four Year Fellowship holders.
To learn more about the Killam Doctoral Scholarship, visit UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ Killam Doctoral Scholarships page.
To learn more about the full range of Killam prizes at UBC, visit the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic’s Killam Awards and Fellowships page.