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). All newly admitted graduate students in research-based MSc and PhD program are supported by a minimum funding package at $16,000/year for 2 years for M.Sc. students and $18,000 for each of the first 4 years for PhD students, provided they maintain good academic standing. The funding package may consist of internal or external awards, scholarships, teaching or research assistantships, or any combination of the above.  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.

"The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees, the CGS D program strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.”
Annual Value: $35,000
Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Resident
Deadline: Applicants – Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PDT)
Eligibility, Evaluation Criteria, Application Procedures, Nomination Procedures, Adjudication Procedures, Profiles of Award Holders

Note: In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC for further details. Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards. Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award (exception: CIHR DFSA). CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants. Some eligibility requirements for CGS D differ from those of the agency-specific doctoral awards.

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards
Annual Value: $30,000 (stipend); $5,000 (research allowance)
Deadline: Applicants – Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PDT)
Further information: CIHR health research training award programs page

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships
Annual Value: $21,000
Deadline: Applicants – Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PDT)
Further information: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral program

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships
Annual Value: $20,000
Deadline: Applicants – Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PDT)
Further information: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

The deadline for students to submit their CGS-Master's applications via the Research Portal is 5 PM (PST) on Tuesday, 1 December 2020. This deadline is set nationally and is not flexible; UBC has no administrative authority/means to extend the deadline for applicants.
“The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The CGS M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master's or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada.”
Annual Value: $17,500
Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Resident
Deadline: Applicants – December 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST
Eligibility, Evaluation Criteria, Application Procedures, Nomination Procedures, Adjudication Procedures, Profiles of Award Holders
Further information: Tri-Agency Harmonized CGS M website

“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. ”

Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Program
The UBC Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Program competition runs in concert with the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program.
Annual value:  $175 - $30,000
Eligibility:  Canadian, Permanent Resident, International student
Deadline: Applicants - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12 pm (noon) PDT
Eligibility, Evaluation Criteria, Application Procedures, Nomination Procedures, Adjudication Procedures, Profiles of Award Holders
Further information: 2021-2022 List of criteria-based affiliated fellowships

 

Affiliated Fellowships Master's Program
The UBC Affiliated Fellowships Master's competition runs in concert with the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program.
Annual Value: $175 - $16,000
Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Resident, International
Deadline: Applicants – December 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST
Eligibility, Evaluation Criteria, Application Procedures, Nomination Procedures, Adjudication Procedures, Profiles of Award Holders
Further information: Affiliated Fellowships Application Form, Application Instructions

"The purpose of the Scholarship Program is to encourage and support graduate studies related to the dairy industry and improve career opportunities in the Canadian diary industry among aspiring students".

Annual value:  $20,000/year for up to 2 years for a full-time MSc student;  $30,000/year for up to 3 years for a full-time PhD student

Eligibility:  Canadian, and Permanent Residents may apply

Degree Level/Application Status:  

APPLICATION FORM Scholarship Program EN, April 2018(3)

GUIDE - Scholarship Program - April 2018

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“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.

“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: TBA - Likely mid-December 2020

“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:  Thursday, 3 September 2020 at 12:00 noon PDT

“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: TBA - likely early-mid January 2021

“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.”

Eligibility:  International students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Degree Level/Application Status: Master’s level / Incoming students

Application deadline:

  1. MCF Admissibility Submission: November 6, 2020
  2. Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application December 11, 2020
  3. UBC Faculty Applications: January 8, 2021
  4. Final Nominations due from Faculties: February 4, 2021
  5. Offers to selected scholars: March 23, 2021

“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 - TBA (usually second week of February)

“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 2019

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 over $560,000.00 in "Major" and "Minor" Departmental Awards during 2019-2020.

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

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

LFS Major Awards Instructions and Applications 2020W

#4819 - Leonard S Klinck Memorial Fellowship

Fellowships totaling $14,700 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 $63,750 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 $46,550 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.

#6303 - Wilson Henderson Fellowship

A $11,050 fellowship has been endowed through a bequest by Dr. Wilson Henderson. The award is offered to a graduate student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, with preference given to those studying in the field of avian nutrition. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and may be renewable for up to two years.

#6323 - Nutritional Research Fellowship

Fellowships totalling $13,650 have been endowed for graduate students in Agricultural Sciences pursuing nutritional research. 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.

#6782 - George Weston Ltd. Doctoral Fellowship

Three doctoral fellowships of $20,000 each are offered annually by George Weston Limited to students in Land and Food Systems conducting research relevant to sustainable agriculture. The fellowships are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

“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.

Available awards can be found on the UBC Award Search website.

 

 

Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies – Graduate Student Travel and Research Dissemination Fund

Graduate students are eligible for reimbursement from the Graduate Student Travel and Research Dissemination Fund once per degree program. The Travel and Research Dissemination Fund provides funding support to a combined 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) - Please note:  Due to COVID, the LFS GSTA has been put on hold for 2020W.  The LFS Graduate Student Conference Award has been created to encourage graduate students to participate in virtual conferences.

All LFS graduate student travel awards are funded through the Ursula Knight Abbott Travel Scholarship in Agricultural Sciences (award #6351).  As this is an endowed award, award values and number of awards available to students is reviewed every summer, once the annual value of the award fund is known in mid-late July.

Value:   Up to $1,500 for both MSc and PhD students:  1 award per degree program for MSc students; up to 2 awards per degree program for PhD students.  Depending on available funding, the number of awards available may change.

Deadline:  Applications 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.

The LFS GSTA is limited to research-based graduate program students only.  Students may receive a travel award for a period of up to 6 months following their program completion date.  Students on leave are not eligible.

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

LFS Graduate Student Conference Award (LFS GSTA) 

Eligibility – all currently registered LFS MSC and PhD students.  Students on leave are not eligible.

Expenses associated with a presentation are eligible for reimbursement (conference/membership fees, poster preparation/submission, etc).

MSc and PhD students are eligible for 2 conference awards of up to $750 each.  Conferences must take place between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 (applications must be submitted by September 15, 2021 – there will be no exceptions allowed).  These travel awards will not be counted towards regular LFS Graduate Student Travel Awards.

Students may be approved to attend conferences without making formal presentations provided the conference is in their area of interest and would further their research.  Please contact the LFS Manager, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies for additional information.  These requests must be preapproved to ensure available funding.

2020-2021 Conference Application

UBC Bursaries

Bursaries are non-repayable awards that are given to students on the basis of financial need. At UBC, there are the following two bursary programs available: General Bursaries: UBC’s General Bursary program is designed to help fill your “unmet need,” which is the gap between your educational costs and your available government assistance. This program covers most bursaries available to UBC students, although it is separate from the Major Entrance Awards. If you’re entering UBC directly from secondary school, you should consider applying for both the bursary program and the Major Entrance Awards. Affiliation Bursaries: There are many different Affiliation Bursaries. Eligibility for these bursaries is usually determined by connection to a specific club, trade union, company, geographic region, or demographic group. The requirements for each bursary are unique. Each bursary has its own eligibility requirements. In addition, there is an application process (including deadlines) for all UBC bursaries. Bursary application are not administered through the LFS Grad Office nor are we ever informed of or publicize recipient information due to the confidential nature of bursaries.

Please refer to the UBC Bursary page to determine your eligibility for bursaries and for information on the application process.

The following is a list of bursaries for Land and Food Systems students:

# Award and description
08418 Olive and B.K. (Keith) ACTON Memorial Bursary
Bursaries totaling $6,100 have been endowed by Olive Acton in memory of her husband, B.K. (Keith) Acton, for students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.Go to top
More information about Olive and B.K. (Keith) ACTON Memorial Bursary
08260 Gilmour and Marjorie CLARK Bursary in Agricultural Sciences
Bursaries totalling $1,600 have been endowed by Gilmour and Marjorie Clark for students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.Go to top
More information about Gilmour and Marjorie CLARK Bursary in Agricultural Sciences
08095 Dave DIAMOND Bursary
A $250 bursary has been endowed through a bequest by David Diamond for graduate or undergraduate students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.Go to top
More information about Dave DIAMOND Bursary
08205 FACULTY Women's Club Violet Eagles Bursary
A $1750 bursary has been endowed through the bequest of Violet Eagles, Ph.D (University of Toronto), supplemented by donations from the Faculty Women's Club. It recognizes Violet Eagles' contribution as past president and longtime member of the Faculty Women's Club, her teaching contribution to the Faculty of Agriculture, and her outstanding personal qualities. The award is offered to a female graduate student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.Go to top
More information about FACULTY Women's Club Violet Eagles Bursary
08620 Gareth and Mae SHERMAN Memorial Bursary
Bursaries totalling $4,150 have been made available through an endowment established by the Estate of Violet Mae Shearman (1940-2015). The bursaries will be awarded to undergraduate students who have completed their first year of studies in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the Vancouver campus. Preference will be given to students from the North Okanagan. Mae Shearman was extremely proud of being a UBC graduate, having graduated with a Bachelor of Home Economics in 1963. She grew up in the North Okanagan and struggled financially to complete her education at UBC. This award is designed to support students who would have a similar background to that of Mrs. Shearman's. Gareth (Gary) and Mae Shearman were married for over 42 years.Go to top
More information about Gareth and Mae SHERMAN Memorial Bursary
08502 Indrajit DESAI Memorial Bursary
Bursaries totalling $2,700 have been endowed by Manjula Desai in memory of her husband Professor Emeritus Dr. Desai. He was appointed to the Family and Nutritional Sciences program in 1969 and worked at the University for 33 years. The bursary is awarded to a student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems studying as an undergraduate in Nutrition & Health or a graduate in the program in Human Nutrition. Recommendations are made by Enrolment Services.Go to top
More information about Indrajit DESAI Memorial Bursary
07954 Dr. H. R. MACCARTHY Bursary in Plant Science
One or more bursaries totalling $5250 have been endowed for needy undergraduate or graduate students who have made good academic progress in studies or research in Plant Science. Adjudication is made by Enrolment Services.Go to top
More information about Dr. H. R. MACCARTHY Bursary in Plant Science
08373 Marvin A. TUNG Memorial Bursary
Bursaries totalling $400 have been endowed by friends, family and colleagues in memory of Marvin A. Tung, a graduate and former professor of Food Science (1970-1986) at UBC. The bursaries are awarded to students enrolled in either an undergraduate program majoring in Food Science, or in a graduate program in Food Science with preference for those specializing in Food Process Science.Go to top
More information about Marvin A. TUNG Memorial Bursary
07822 Ernest G. SHERWOOD Bursary
Bursaries totalling $10,900 have been endowed from a gift of Ernest G. Sherwood, of Richmond, B.C. The bursaries are provided for students who have satisfactory academic standing and are worthy and deserving of encouragement and support. Preference is given to students in Agriculture or Mathematics.Go to top
More information about Ernest G. SHERWOOD Bursary
07852 VANCOUVER Horticultural Society Bursary
One or more bursaries totalling $1000 have been endowed by the members of the Vancouver Horticultural Society to assist students who have completed at least one year in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and are in the Plant Science option.Go to top
More information about VANCOUVER Horticultural Society Bursary

 

 

Scholarships, Awards and Funding

A number of University awards for upcoming academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students.

Annual Value: $150 to $16,000
Eligibility: See www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/spring-graduate-awards-competition

 

Financial distress

If you’re facing unexpected financial distress or have had a significant change to your financial situation, contact an Enrolment Services Advisor (ESA).