Funding

Make the most of the financial resources available to you as a UBC graduate student.

Full-time graduate students may be considered for UBC general bursaries and top-ranked applicants will be considered automatically for some UBC scholarships.

For PhD students there are three key areas of funding. First, a handful of 4-Year Fellowships are awarded to incoming PhD students each year.

In addition to Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs), many students apply for the Social Science Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) fellowships (however, only domestic students are eligible for these). All students can apply for the Affiliated fellowships administered by UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and all students are eligible for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships.

Each year, our students have success in the SSHRC, CIHR, and Affiliated competitions, and we also frequently have students win the very prestigious Vanier or Trudeau Scholarships.

In addition, our students stand out for frequently receiving awards from the UBC Public Scholars Initiative. They have also successfully won grants from prestigious international funding sources such as the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the United States National Science Foundation, as well as from the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC).

There are a number of TA and RA opportunities available. Students interested in RAships should contact relevant faculty members directly to inquire about opportunities. Unlike other forms of financial aid, RAs are funded by external research grants awarded to individual faculty members.

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