Student Awards and Funding

 

Funding your studies and award-winning research

Below, you can find a list of funding programs and awards, many of which are available to thesis students only (MSc, PhD students). Please check with your program manager, faculty advisor or supervisor for advice before applying.

Every year some scholarships and bursaries go unawarded, simply because no one has applied, so it is worth checking the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Graduate Awards website which includes up to date, detailed information about a broad range of scholarships and other financial aid available to University of British Columbia graduate students.


Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Funding overview   |   Current Opportunities
Description Graduate Scholarships
$35,000
Eligibility PhD
Deadline October annually - please read the requirements for submission and signature pages.


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, annually
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Funding Information
Description Postgraduate Scholarships

Master's Program
$17,500 for 12 months, non-renewablePhD Program
$21,000 to $35,000 a year (for two or three years)
Eligibility Master's, PhD
Deadline Master's: December
PhD: October
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
administered by CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC
Description Vanier Scholars
$50,000
Eligibility PhD students
Deadline September
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Description IDRC Research Awards
One year salary and travel expenses up to $15,000
Eligibility Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing or completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university.
Deadline September

Description IDRC Doctoral Research Awards.
$20,000
Eligibility Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university.
Deadline May
Trudeau Foundation
Description Doctoral scholarships
$40,000 plus $20,000 travel allowance
Eligibility First year of a PhD at UBC, or be registered in the first or second year of a PhD at UBC
Deadline SPPH deadline: October
Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes
Description Killam Doctoral Scholarship - part of the Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Competition.
$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.
Fraser Basin Council
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
Canadian Cancer Society
Description Travel Allowance
Amount: Up to $2,000 CAD
Eligibility Master's, PhD and post-doctoral fellows
Deadline January, May and September
UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women in Science Canadian National Fellowships
Description The UNESCO-L’Oréal for Women in Science Canadian National Fellowships are granted annually to promising young women scientists at the doctorate or post-doctorate level in the Life Sciences.
$20,000 CAD for postdoc and $5,000 CAD for other applicants.
Eligibility PhD
Deadline March
WorkSafe BC
Description WorkSafeBC Research Training Awards. $20,000 stipend and a $2,500 research and travel allowance
Eligibility Master's, PhD
Deadline March
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 March
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 students who are Canadian citizens
Deadline November
WAGS/UMI Master's Thesis and Technology Awards
Description Nominations for the 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
Eligibility Master's
Deadline September
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. Amount: $15,000
Eligibility Master's and PhD
Deadline After submitting applications to graduate schools.
North Pacific Research Board
Description North Pacific Research Board will award up to six Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRAs) to three qualified master's 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. Amount: $25,000
Eligibility Master's and PhD
Deadline February

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. 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 most recent 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 (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. 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 July
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 March

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