We acknowledge that the UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors


Tuition for the PhD program is about $5,400 CAD per year for Canadian students, and about $9,500 for international students. Student fees are about $1,100 CAD per year (fees are in addition to the tuition). Tuition and fees amounts are divided into three approximately equal payments per year, due in September, January, and May. The PhD tuition is the standard degree program rate. The exact amounts are listed in the Academic Calendar (scroll to the bottom of the page). More information about student fees is available from G+PS. We encourage applicants to review the information on cost of living.

Minimum Funding Guarantee

SPPH offers a minimum funding guarantee of $22,000 per year for the first four years in your PhD program. All new full-time admissions to the SPPH PhD program will receive an offer of admission from the program that includes a funding package. The funding package may consist of any combination of external or internal scholarships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or income from other academically-related work at UBC (e.g. graduate administrative assistantships, lectureships). At your request, income from other employment in your field of research may be considered part of the funding package, whether the work occurs on or off campus. You may be required to disclose your sources and amounts of university employment income or scholarship funding, as well as other income sources to the graduate program, and you must inform the program immediately of any new or additional funding sources. You will be able to accept or decline the package as a whole or only accept specific components.

See here for full details.

Awards, Graduate Assistantships, & Teaching Assistantships

The PhD program encourages students to apply for scholarship funding. Major funding competitions include the Vanier Scholarship, the UBC Affiliated Fellowships or the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGSD, this competition includes CIHR Awards). A list of other funding opportunities is available on the G+PS website: Award Opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding. Applicants may apply for the Vanier Scholarship, Affiliated Fellowships, CGSD, and Spring Graduate Awards before they begin their studies.

Graduate research assistantship (GRA) positions are normally obtained through supervisors. Students can also apply for open positions listed on the SPPH website or via the UBC WorkLearn program. Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for SPPH are also posted on the SPPH website. Please note that most students do not TA in their first year, but will TA graduate courses after they have taken them. TA positions in other departments may also be open to PhD students.