The College offers residential membership to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars and students who share an interest in international research issues and global change studies and are committed to a better understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity. The academic life of the College is central to its mandate. Junior Fellows must have a keen intellectual curiosity which extends beyond their own academic discipline in order to fully enjoy and benefit from active participation in the College’s wide-ranging academic and social activities – lectures, seminars, workshops, theme colloquia, and performing arts.
Aside from taking up residence at St. John’s, residential membership entails active involvement in the social and academic aspects of College life. Involvement takes the form of participation on various social and academic committees, and attendance at functions and lectures sponsored by or otherwise linked with the College. The academic environment provided by St. John’s College fosters a better understanding of the UBC and global communities by encouraging dialogue and cultural awareness between residents from Canada and other parts of the world. Members of the College – graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, Faculty Fellows, and other members of the University who share the scholarly objectives of cross-disciplinary dialogue and academic excellence all play an integral role in the creation of this intellectually and socially enriched community.
The Principal of St. John’s College, a faculty member who lives at the College and is an integral part of the community, holds overall responsibility for life at the College.