Awards & Funding Opportunities


The University of British Columbia offers and administers many programs that provide financial help to graduate students.  The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is responsible for merit-based graduate awards at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. Graduate Awards manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of both internally- and externally-funded awards.  Graduate students at UBC’s Vancouver campus who have questions about need-based funding should visit the Enrolment Services website.

UBC Affiliated Scholarships

Each year, the departmental scholarship committee selects and nominates students for a number of university affiliated scholarships. For a list of those affiliated scholarships, please visit UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ Scholarships, Awards and Funding.

Department Stipends and Assistantships

Research Assistantships

The Department provides stipends and assistanceships to qualifiying PhD, MASc and MASc students.  Stipends or assistantships are not provided to M.Eng students.

Supervisors provide Graduate Research assistantship minimum stipends, $25,000/year for PhD and $22,000/year for MASc and MSc, to graduate students having no other scholarships or sponsorship funding from external sources.  Stipends are provided for nominal time periods, 4 years for PhD and 2 years for Masters, and are subject to satisfactory annual academic performance and progress and to availability of research funding.

Top-Up Funding

Supervisors provides additional top-up funding of $8,000 per year to NSERC winners to ensure the total of their funding is no lower than $25,000 for PhD students and $22,000 for MASc students.

Teaching Assistantships

Qualified graduate students may apply for teaching assistantships with remuneration ranging from $1,000 up to $3,600 per year.