Student Awards and Funding

PLEASE NOTE: Always refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the most up-to-date information.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Graduate Awards website includes detailed information about a broad range of scholarships and other financial aid available to University of British Columbia graduate students. It is worthwhile to take the time to peruse their site. It may surprise you to hear that every year some scholarships and bursaries go unawarded, simply because no one has applied.

Most of the following funding programs and awards are available to thesis students only (MSc, PhD students). Please check with your program manager, faculty advisor or supervisor for advice before applying.

Updated: August 13, 2015


Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Funding overview   |   Current Opportunities
Description: Graduate Scholarships
$17,500 - $35,000
Eligibility Master's, PhD
Deadline Doctoral award: October, 2015 - please read the requirements for submission and signature pages. Allow at least three working days per unit to obtain signatures from your supervisor, SPPH or relevant unit, Medicine and ORS before the October 1, 2015 CIHR submission deadline through Researchnet. Please also remember to attach an RPIF.
Fellowship award: TBA
Master's award: TBA

Description: IHSPR Rising Star Award
$1,000 award, travel support and publication.
Eligibility Graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows studying in all fields and disciplines related to health services and policy research.
Deadline February 13, 2015
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Funding Information
Description: Postgraduate Scholarships (PGSA and PGSB)

$17,300 Master's
$21,000-$35,000 PhD

Eligibility Masters, PhD
Deadline Master's: November 15 2014
PhD: September 15, 2014
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
administered by CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC
Description: Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields.
$50,000
Eligibility PhD students
Deadline August 31, 2015
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Description: The IDRC offers awards for field research in Canada and one or more developing countries.
IDRC Research Awards, IDRC Doctoral Research Awards. $20,000 for research expenses
Eligibility For Canadians
PhD
Deadline Visit IDRC competitions website

Description: IDRC International Fellowships. $20,000 for research expenses
Eligibility For nationals of developing countries.
PhD
Deadline Visit IDRC competitions website
Trudeau Foundation
Description: Scholarships are $40,000 plus $20,000 travel allowance
Eligibility 1st year of a PhD at UBC, or be registered in the 1st or 2nd year of a PhD at UBC
Deadline SPPH deadline: October 17, 2014
Commonwealth Scholarships
Description: Commonwealth Scholarships
Eligibility For nationals of Commonwealth countries.
Masters, PhD
Deadline Refer to website
Killam
Description: Killam Doctoral Scholarship. Evaluated as per affiliated awards. $30,000 per annum for two years and a $2,000 allowance for research-related travel during the 24 months of the scholarship.
Eligibility PhD
Deadline As per the UBC Affiliated award deadline.
Canadian Cancer Society
Description: NCI - Research Institute
Eligibility PhD
Deadline Refer to website
UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women In Science International Fellowships<
Description: The UNESCO-L’Oréal for Women in Science International Fellowships are granted annually to promising young women scientists at the doctorate or post-doctorate level in the Life Sciences.
$20,000 US
Eligibility PhD
Deadline Refer to website
WorkSafe BC
Description: WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards. $20,000 stipend and a $2,500 research and travel allowance
Eligibility Masters, PhD
Deadline May 2015
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Description: MSFHR Research Trainee Program Awards support highly qualified Master’s, PhD and Post Doctoral trainees to prepare for careers as independent health researchers.
Eligibility Master's, PhD and Post Doctoral trainees
Deadline Refer to website
Canada-US Fulbright Program
Description: The Canada-US Fulbright Program is a bi-national program of educational exchange, with a mandate to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America. Amount varies according to particular competition within the program
Eligibility Master's
PhD
Deadline More details
BC Air Quality
Description: Robert Caton Scholarship is for graduate students with demonstrated interest in atmospheric sciences, air quality and health or policy. Amount: $2000
Eligibility All students
Deadline Competition announced in fall term

Description: David Bates Scholarship is for graduate students with demonstrated interest in atmospheric sciences, air quality and health or policy. Amount: $2000
Eligibility All students
Deadline Competition announced in fall term
WAGS/UMI Master's Thesis and Technology Awards
Description: Nominations for the 2014-2015 WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master's Thesis Award will be accepted from any graduate program or department that offers a master's degree. Amount: $1,000 or $1,500
Eligibility Masters
Deadline Refer to website
Globalink Graduate Fellowship
Description: The Globalink Graduate Fellowship provides financial support to former Globalink Research Interns to return to Canada for graduate studies at select Mitacs university partners. $10,000 per annum, dependent on length of study
Eligibility PhD
Deadline Refer to website
North Pacific Research Board
Description: North Pacific Research Board will award up to six Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRAs) of $25,000 each to three qualified masters students and three doctoral students for the opportunity to address scientific, technological, and socio-economic issues relating to the research themes identified in the 2005 NPRB Science Plan. $25,000
Eligibility Master's
PhD
Deadline Refer to website

Doctoral Fellowships
Description: Four Year Doctoral Fellowships: $16,000 (plus tuition) per year
Eligibility PhD
Deadline Application to graduate program is application for fellowship
Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships
Description: The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Aboriginal students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition, administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year.All Aboriginal students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Aboriginal graduate students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and may include Aboriginal students from Alaska and the northern states of the USA.The University may request further information to confirm Aboriginal eligibility.Applicants may or may not be UBC graduate students at the time of application – the competition is open to both incoming and continuing graduate students. However, awardees must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2015-2016 academic year in order to receive an Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship through this competition. Students in the following programs are not eligible: MEng, MM, MBA, and PharmD.
To be eligible to receive Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship funding, students are required to limit their number of hours of paid employment to an average of 12 hours per week during the funding period.Nomination Procedures / Materials

  • completed Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Application Form
  • copy of your Canadian Common CV (use the CGS Master’s form, save as a pdf)
  • copies of all university-level transcripts to 31 Dec 2014 (print-out of Academic History from SISC is acceptable for UBC transcript).

For more detailed information about this competition, please see the Graduate Awards website
Amount: $16,000 - $18,000 stipend plus tuition each year for up to two years (Master’s) or four years (doctoral)

Eligibility The competition is open to both incoming and continuing aboriginal graduate students.
Deadline SPPH Deadline: February 6, 2015. Submit relevant documents to your Academic Program Manager.
Graduate Student Travel Fund
Description: The Graduate Student Travel Fund is for travel to conferences to present research results.
Eligibility Must be used prior to graduation.
Deadline See your Academic Program Manager.
UBC International Partial Tuition Scholarship
Description: The UBC International Partial Tuition Scholarship:

  • Students do not need to apply for this award since the School coordinates this process with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Students should receive an Award Acceptance Letter with a Notice of Fellowship, which needs to be signed and returned to the Department.

 

Roman M. Babicki Fellowship In Medical Research
Description: Two fellowships have been endowed by Roman M. Babicki to support doctoral candidates undertaking cancer research in any academic department, provided that their supervisor has a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
$25,000 for one year. Holders of the award may re-apply for a second year.
Eligibility PhD
Deadline Monday, August 11, 2014 at 4:00pm

 

Joel Bert Award
Description: In memory of Professor Joel Bert, a prize is offered to a UBC undergraduate or graduate student who incorporates engineering design and/or principles in the solution of an occupational or environmental health or safety problem. Amount: $1000
Eligibility All students
Deadline Competition announced in Winter term

 

Governor General's Gold Medal
Description: One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral student. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved most outstanding academic record as a Master’s student completing a thesis.
Eligibility Master's
PhD
Deadline More details

All Students
Award
Amount Eligibility Deadlines
G.F. Amyot Award
Awarded to the student or resident who has demonstrated leadership and academic or research ability, selected by the School in consultation with the Health Officers Council of B.C. Funded by the Health Officers of B.C.
$350 All students
John Snow Prize
Awarded to the student with the highest standing in SPPH 502 course: Epidemiological Methods 1. Funded by SPPH faculty members.
$100 All students Fall term
Hy and Lee Schechter Scholarship
Awarded to students in their final year at SPPH who combine academic excellence with contributions to the University and to improvements in health in communities. Faculty members nominate eligible students and the Awards & Prizes committee ranks the nominations. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH.
Up to $2,200 SPPH students in their final year

 

MHA students
Award
Amount Eligibility Deadlines
Lloyd F. Detwiller Prize in Health Administration
Awarded to an MHA student based on academic excellence and demonstrated interest in the field of hospital administration. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
MHA
Robert Wood Johnson Award
Awarded to the MHA student deemed most likely to make a substantial contribution in the field of health care. Given to the graduating student for either November or May graduation with highest overall grade average attained while completing the program. Funded by Johnson & Johnson. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH.
MHA November or May Graduation
W.J. Lyle Memorial Scholarship
Organized by the BC Health Association and BC Ministry of Health employees, and supplemented by the Mr. & Mrs. PA Woodward Foundation and the Government of BC. Awarded to an MHA student who has demonstrated academic ability and is deemed likely to contribute to improve planning, organization, management or governance in the health care fields. Eligible if completed all first year course requirements and achieving a first class (80%) average in the first year "core" courses.
MHA

 

MHSc students
Award
Amount Eligibility Deadlines
George. R.F. Elliot Fellowship in Community Health
Awarded to the student with the best proposal for a project or thesis within the broad rubric of community health, as adjudicated by the SPPH Awards and Prizes Committee and one designated faculty member from the Occupational & Environmental Health Theme. Given to a full-time graduate student in the PhD or MHSc program who has satisfactorily completed all coursework and has or will have completed the comprehensive examination before the end of the calendar year, or a full-time MSc graduate student who has satisfactorily completed all coursework. Students have to apply for this award - application forms are circulated in the fall term annually. Funded by the B.C. Medical Services Foundation.
$2400 MHSc, MSc, PhD
S. Stewart Murray Prize
Awarded to an MHSc student for meritorious scholarship in the field of public health, preventive medicine or epidemiology based on submission of a completed project or writing deemed most likely to lead to a publication of high quality. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH. Funded by the Health Officers of B.C.
$300 MHSc Fall and Spring terms

 

MSc and MSc OEH students
Award
Amount Eligibility Deadlines
George. R.F. Elliot Fellowship in Community Health
Awarded to the student with the best proposal for a project or thesis within the broad rubric of community health, as adjudicated by the SPPH Awards and Prizes Committee and one designated faculty member from the Occupational & Environmental Health Theme. Given to a full-time graduate student in the PhD or MHSc program who has satisfactorily completed all coursework and has or will have completed the comprehensive examination before the end of the calendar year, or a full-time MSc graduate student who has satisfactorily completed all coursework. Students have to apply for this award - application forms are circulated in the fall term annually. Funded by the B.C. Medical Services Foundation.
$2400 MHSc, MSc, PhD
AL Riegert Award
Given to the full-time student with the highest average in 15 credits of a minimum of 18 core course credits taken in the first year of the MSc program in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.
~$1000 MSc-OEH Awardee determined end of Winter term
Donna Gibson Memorial Prize
Awarded to the MSc graduating student with the highest grade after completion of all required courses. Funded by family, friends, and colleagues of Donna Gibson. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH.
$400 MSc November or May Graduation
Murray Stratton Memorial Prize
Awarded to the MSc student for the highest overall standing among full-time or part-time students who have completed at least 18 credits of coursework within the past 12 months. Funded by friends and associates of Murray Stratton. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH.
$200 MSc

 

PhD students
Award
Amount Eligibility Deadlines
George. R.F. Elliot Fellowship in Community Health
Awarded to the student with the best proposal for a project or thesis within the broad rubric of community health, as adjudicated by the SPPH Awards and Prizes Committee and one designated faculty member from the Occupational & Environmental Health Theme. Given to a full-time graduate student in the PhD or MHSc program who has satisfactorily completed all coursework and has or will have completed the comprehensive examination before the end of the calendar year, or a full-time MSc graduate student who has satisfactorily completed all coursework. Students have to apply for this award - application forms are circulated in the fall term annually. Funded by the B.C. Medical Services Foundation.
$2400 MHSc, MSc, PhD
Anne Crichton Prize
Awarded by the School by recommendation from the Thesis Screening Panel for the best thesis proposal. Funded by friends, colleagues and former students of Anne Chrichton. Awarded on recommendation from SPPH.
$280 PhD September to June annually

Faculty of Medicine – Funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows