Awards & Financial Aid

Below is an overview of awards and funding opportunities offered by UBC. More detailed information on awards offered by UBC can be found here. If you have any financial questions, please see here for more information, or contact Enrolment Services.

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, including the Four Year Doctoral Fellowship. Funding may also consist of teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Graduate Entrance Scholarships

Graduate Entrance Scholarships (GES) are offered by graduate programs and departments to incoming full-time MA and PhD students on a merit basis. Prospective students do not have to apply for the GES; all admission applicants will be considered. GES award winners will be notified of their award in their acceptance letters or soon after.

Tuition Awards

International students are eligible for the International Tuition Award. All eligible students are automatically considered for this award.

Departmental Awards

Information about the Anthropology Departmental Awards can be found here. The amount per Departmental Award may vary on an annual basis, and an award may not be available every year.

Major External Awards

Admitted students are encouraged to apply for any major external awards for which they are eligible. These awards are managed by the Graduate + Postdoctoral Studies office, though applications are reviewed by departmental award committees. Please review the application guidelines on each page for further details on requirements and eligibility.

Please see below a list of the major external awards:

Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral

Affiliated Fellowships Masters

Canadian Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D)

Canadian Graduate Scholarships-Masters (CGS-M)

CIHR Doctoral Research Award

Public Scholars Initiative

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RA) are co-ordinated and administered through individual Anthropology faculty members. Several faculty members are able to provide Research Assistantships (RA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students. Unlike other forms of financial aid, RAs come entirely from external research grants awarded to individual faculty members.

Because of the nature of projects funded by outside agencies, there is a constantly evolving array of research opportunities. RAs allow students to acquire valuable research skills and work experiences to list on a resume. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate students, the stipend for a RA is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. The stipends vary widely and are determined by those who administer the funds, including grant holders, and granting agencies.

Please contact individual faculty members you are interested in working with, or watch for postings for RA openings distributed via the anth-grads list-serv.