Financial Support, Scholarships & Awards

 

Financial support for graduate students within LFS typically comes from one or more of four basic sources:  merit-based awards administered by the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (including Affiliated Fellowships and LFS Departmental Awards), teaching and research assistantships, need-based awards and direct awards from external agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Effective January 1, 2016, all newly admitted graduate students in research-based MSc and PhD program will be supported by a minimum funding package at $16,000/year provided they maintain good academic standing. The funding package may consist of internal or external award, scholarship, teaching or research assistantship, or any combination of the above.  Master’s students will be supported for a period of 2 years and PhD doctoral students will receive 4 years of support. Students are expected to be proactive in applying for awards and scholarships.

“GRAs are generally supported by the student's supervisors' research grants. The duties usually constitute part of the students’ graduate degree requirements. The entire stipend is considered to be a scholarship, the conditions of which may be specified by the granting agency. GRA appointments may be for any specified period satisfactory to the grantee. The stipend must be paid monthly or for a specific period.”

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/managing-your-program/graduate-research-assistant-gra

Please discuss GRA funding availability with your potential supervisor.

Teaching and Research Assistantships are intended to provide students with an opportunity to learn and develop skills in a classroom setting. Student appointments may involve part-time duties in teaching, research, or other academic activities. The online application for available TA positions is open from March to April 30th each year.  Successful applicants are appointed during the summer for the following Winter Session.

The Faculty offers various TA, Tutor and Marker positions - check the Job Postings for details.

University Doctoral Fellowship - The University Doctoral Fellowship (UDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year. Approximately 35 new fellowships will be awarded each year.

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/university-doctoral-fellowship

The Fall 2016 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) application is available on the Tri-Agency Research Portal

http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsm-bescm_eng.asp

The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, 1 December 2016. After this time, the Research Portal will close, and there will be no opportunity to re-open the application. This is the deadline for all application materials, including reference letters. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references are submitted on time. Please note that when identifying UBC as your institution, the official name is “The University of British Columbia”.

Instructions for completing a CGSM application (including transcript requirements) are available online http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/Instructions-Instructions/CGS_M-BESC_M_eng.asp

The Fall 2016 Affiliated Fellowships Master’s-level competition runs in parallel to the Tri-Agency CGS M competition. The Affiliated Fellowships materials for Master’s-level funding have now been posted to the Graduate Awards website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-masters-program

The deadline by which Affiliated Fellowship applications for Master's-level funding must be submitted to the applicant's UBC graduate program is Thursday, 1 December 2016 (same as the deadline for Tri-Agency CGS M applications).

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarships

“NSERC provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in a Canadian university in natural sciences or engineering.”

NSERC website: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Annual value:  $17,500 to $35,000
Eligibility:  Canadian and Permanent Resident
Degree Level/Application Status:  Masters, Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students
Application deadline:
Doctoral-level: 
 Internal Deadline: September 23rd, 2016

Doctoral NSERC: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/BellandPostgrad-BelletSuperieures_eng.asp

Masters-level:  December 1

 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Graduate Scholarships

“CIHR provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in health sciences.”

CIHR website:  http://www.cihr.ca/

Annual value:  $17,500 to $35,000
Eligibility:  Canadian and Permanent Resident
Degree Level/Application Status:  Masters, Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students
Application deadline:
Doctoral-level:
  October 4

Details for this funding opportunity are available on ResearchNet: https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/vwOpprtntyDtls.do?prog=2479

Applicant (ResearchNet) deadline: 5 p.m. (Vancouver time) on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

Institutional e-Approval for CIHR Doctoral Research Award is obtained from the Office of Research Services (ORS). Please note that ORS requires a minimum of five (5) working days in advance of the competition deadline; for full details, please visit: https://ors.ubc.ca/proposal-development-submission/agency-application-requirements-procedures.

Masters-level:  December 1

 

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Graduate Fellowships

“SSHRC provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in a Canadian university in social sciences or humanities.”

SSHRC website:  http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/

Annual value:  $17,500 to $35,000
Eligibility:  Canadian and Permanent Resident
Degree Level/Application Status:  Masters, Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students
Application deadline: 

Doctoral-level:  Internal Deadline: September 23rd, 2016
http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/fellowships/doctoral-doctorat-eng.aspx

Masters-level:  December 1

“The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students for full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, with applications open to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status. Fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000, but most are in the range of $16,000.”

Annual value:  $175 - $30,000
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International student
Degree Level/Application Status:  Masters, Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students
Application deadline: 
Doctoral-level:  Internal Deadline: September 23rd, 2016
Masters-level:  December 2

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships

“The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC's best PhD, DMA, and MDPhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,200 per year plus tuition for up to four years of their Doctoral studies. This program allows UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international Doctoral students, and provide those students with stable, base-level funding for their Doctoral studies and research.”

Annual value:  $18,200 plus full tuition.  The Faculty of Land and Food Systems awards up to 3 new 4YF’s a year to top-ranking PhD students.
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International student
Degree Level/Application Status:  Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students*

Preference is given to incoming doctoral students who submit a complete application (including all required supporting documentation to enable to full file review and evaluation) to Graduate Studies before January 31.

Guidelines for Ranking and Reviewing 4YF Applicants

“The Graduate Support Initiative is a system for funding graduate students through entrance scholarships, multi-year funding packages, tuition awards and scholarship top-ups.”

Program Advisors in LFS are responsible for selecting and nominating graduate students within their programs.  Criteria for eligibility include, but are not limited to, academic merit and student financial need.  Awards appear as “Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Award” on student’s transcript.

Annual value:  Award amounts are determined by Program Graduate Advisors.
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International student
Degree Level/Application Status:  Master’s and Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students.
Application deadline:  Students do not apply for this award;  they are nominated by their supervisor.

Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.

Trudeau website:  www.trudeaufoundation.com
Annual value:  $40,000 plus $20,000 travel allowance
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International students
Degree Level/Application Status:  Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students
Application deadline:   Applicant deadline: 11:59pm on Monday, November 2, 2015

“The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. 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. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.”

Vanier website:  www.vanier.gc.ca
Annual value:  $50,000/year for up to 3 years
Eligibility: Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), and international students are all eligible for Vanier Scholarships
Degree Level/Application Status:  Doctoral / Incoming & continuing students
Application deadline:  11:59pm on 31 August 2015

“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 and Postdoctoral Studies in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year.

Each fellowship provides a stipend of $18,200 per year plus tuition for doctoral students, and $16,175 plus tuition for Master’s students. Applicants for Master's funding will receive fellowship funding until the end of their second year of Master’s studies; applicants for doctoral funding will receive fellowship funding until the end of their fourth year of doctoral studies; in all cases, continued fellowship support is conditional on satisfactory academic progress. Recipients of Master’s fellowship funding must re-apply to be considered for doctoral funding.”

www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/aboriginal-graduate-fellowships

Annual value:  $16,175 plus tuition for Master’s students/  $18,200 plus tuition for doctoral students
Eligibility:  All Aboriginal students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Aboriginal 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.
Degree Level/Application Status:  Masters/Doctoral
Application deadline:   Internal Deadline: January 30, 2015

“The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent.”

ATTN:  Thank you for interest in applying for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program.  Please note that the deadline for Part One of the application process has now passed (November 1st, 2015) and the Faculties will no longer be reviewing Admissibility Submissions.

Applicants who have completed Part One of the application process on or before November 1st and have received confirmation of admissibility from their selected faculty can proceed to submit their completed MCFSP Application until November 8th, 2015. Please continue to monitor the UBC MCFSP website in the spring of 2016  for updated application information for the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility:  International students from Sub-Saharan Africa
Degree Level/Application Status: Master’s level / Incoming students
Application deadline:  January 6, 2015

“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. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as there is only one award for approximately 1,000 Master’s graduates and one award for more than 300 doctoral graduates. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada by participating educational institutions, along with a personalized certificate signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the medals.”

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/governor-generals-gold-medal

Annual value:  n/a
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International student
Degree Level/Application Status:  Masters / Doctoral student

Application deadline:  LFS Departmental Deadline - Friday, February 13, 2015

“The CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually. There are two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. The Awards are granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by Proquest-UMI (University Microfilms International). They include a $1,500 prize, a Citation Certificate, and travel expenses of up to $1,500 to attend the 2016 CAGS Annual Conference (Toronto, Ontario).”

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/cagsproquest-umi-distinguished-dissertation-awards

Annual value:  $1,500
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International student
Degree Level/Application Status:  Doctoral student

Application deadline:  LFS Departmental Deadline - likely early February 2017

The Faculty administers several scholarships and awards of varying values ($75 - $30,000).   These scholarships and awards are generally awarded for academic achievement, but some may require achievement in other areas such as leadership, community service, performance in a specific course or area, or for some other specified characteristic.   All students enrolled in LFS graduate programs are considered for funding, as appropriate to their field and academic achievement.

LFS awarded almost $280,000.00 in "Major" and "Minor" Departmental Awards during 2015-16.  A list of awards and winners can be found here:

2015W 2016S LFS Departmental Awards for posting

“Major” LFS Departmental Awards valued at greater than $10,000 award descriptions:

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#4819 - Leonard S Klinck Memorial Fellowship

Fellowships totaling $11,600.00 have been endowed by the late Dean Emeritus Blythe Eagles and Violet E. Eagles on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the University. The award is to honor Leonard S. Klinck, the first Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (1914-1919) and second President of the University (1919-1944). The award is offered to graduate students in Agricultural Sciences and is made on the recommendation of the Faculty in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

#4848 - Mary and David Macaree Fellowship

Fellowships totaling $99,700 have been endowed through a bequest by Mary Macaree (B.L.S. 1963) and David Macaree (M.A. 1960) for graduate students in Land and Food Systems or Forestry whose research is relevant to sustainability of agricultural or forest resource ecosystems. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Faculty of Forestry in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

#6304 - Elizabeth R. Howland Fellowship

Fellowships totaling $38,250 have been endowed through a bequest by Elizabeth Roxann Howland.  The awards are offered to graduate students in Agricultural Sciences, with preference given to those specializing in Animal Husbandry.  The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students are required to submit an application to be considered for "Major" LFS Department Awards.

“Minor” awards valued at less than $10,000

For "Minor" LFS Departmental Awards (<$10,000), there is no application required.  Recommendations are submitted to the Manager, Graduate Programs by the Graduate Advisor for each of the LFS graduate program following a call for nominations in July.

MFS Entrance and Exit Scholarships

Every year, the Food Science program offers entrance and exit scholarships to top incoming domestic and international students primarily in the MFS programs.  MSc and PhD students in Food Science have also received funding through these awards. There is no application;  nominees are determined by a committee within the MFS program.

#804 - Master of Food Science International Scholarship

Scholarships totalling up to $50,000 are offered to international students in Food Science graduate programs with preference given to students in the Master of Food Science program. The awards are given on the basis of academic merit on the recommendation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

#6426 - Master of Food Science Scholarship

Scholarships totalling up to $20,000 are offered to students in the Food Science graduate programs who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. Preference is given to students in the Master of Food Science program. The awards are made on the basis of academic merit and are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies – Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate students are eligible for reimbursement from the Graduate Student Travel Fund once per degree program. The Travel Fund provides travel support to a maximum of $500 per graduate student.”

Value:  Maximum of $500 per graduate student per degree program

Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round

LFS Graduate Student Travel Award (LFS GSTA)

Effective September 2015, all LFS graduate student travel awards will be funded through the Ursula Knight Abbott Travel Scholarship in Agricultural Sciences.  As a result there will be a number of changes to travel funding for LFS graduate students.

Value:   Travel awards have been increased to $1,500 for both MSc and PhD students (previously $400/MSc and $600 PhD):  1 award per degree program for MSc students; up to 2 awards per degree program for PhD students.

Deadline:  Application are accepted year-round.  PLEASE NOTE:  applications must be submitted no later than 2 months following date of conference/presentation.  Students can receive one award per funding period (September 1 to August 31) - NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • MSc students:  Up to two awards* per degree program.
  • PhD students: Up to a maximum of three awards* per degree program

*Refer to LFS Graduate Student Award instructions for details

Award is limited to research-based graduate program students only.  Students may receive award for a period of up to 6 months following their program completion date.

As this is a competitive award, award will appear on student's transcript.

LFS GSTA Supporting documentation:

UBC Bursaries

“UBC Bursaries are non-repayable awards.  They are designed to help fill unmet need, the gap between your assessed financial need and available government assistance.”

Scholarships, Awards and Funding