International Doctoral Fellowship


Deadline:

January 15 for September admission, May 15 for January admission


Eligibility of Citizenship: International
Degree Level: Doctoral
Award Status: Open

Description

Quick Facts

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) supports top international students who are beginning their UBCO doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of four years: a $25,000 stipend/year plus tuition for a maximum of four years from the College of Graduate Studies. The supervisor, department, or faculty of each recipient may also wish to provide additional funds (top-ups) consisting of awards, teaching assistantships, and/or research assistantships in any or all of the four years of the Fellowship.

Annual Value: $25,000 stipend + tuition
Deadline: January 15 for September admission, May 15 for January admission

Eligibility

  • The awardee must hold a valid student visa and be registered full time when they begin their UBCO doctoral program
  • Preference will be given to students starting a UBCO doctoral program in September. If IDF funding remains, students entering in January will be considered for this award.
  • Fast-track students (who advance/transfer from a master’s to a doctoral program without completing their master’s degree) are not eligible for this award
  • The awardee must have an admission GPA of first class standing
  • A student cannot concurrently hold an IDF and an International Four-Year Doctoral Partial Tuition Scholarship
  • Students who receive funding to pay their tuition (third-party sponsorship or scholarship funding) will not be eligible to receive an IDF
  • Award recipients must maintain registration as an international student to remain eligible for this scholarship

Citizenship

  • International

Degree Level

  • Doctoral

Applicant Status

  • Incoming students

Evaluation Criteria

Application Procedures

  • All applicants who have submitted a complete admission file by January 15 for September admission and May 15 for January admission and have been nominated by their program will be considered for the scholarship
  • No additional application is required
  • Students are not able to update or make changes to their admission application for the purpose of this scholarship

Nomination Procedures

  • IDF funding is allocated to a maximum of three students annually
  • The College of Graduate Studies strongly recommends that graduate programs use the IDF for effective recruitment of excellent students
  • Graduate programs will review and evaluate each incoming admission application that has been submitted by the IDF deadline
  • Graduate programs will provide a ranked nomination list to the College of Graduate Studies via ok@ubc.ca
  • Nominations will include a 300 word rationale for each nominee
  • Nominations received from graduate programs will be reviewed and winners will be selected by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Award Committee

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Only successful applicants will be notified

Conditions For Award Holders

Admission

  • The IDF will be processed without confirming that the condition(s) of admission was/were met. Students are nevertheless responsible for meeting the condition(s) of their admission before the commencement of their doctoral program. If the condition(s) of admission is/are not met, the UBC award will be cancelled, and the student will be required to repay all funds received from the award.

Satisfactory Progress

  • Award holders must maintain satisfactory progress in their program of study and remain registered as a full-time student for each term of the award payment.

Deferrals

  • Students can only defer their International Doctoral Fellowship to January (Winter Term 2) of the same academic year in which the award was offered. If they are unable to take up their admission for Winter Term 2, they will not receive the award and it will be awarded to the next eligible recipient in the adjudication process.

Leave of Absence

  • Students granted a leave of absence retain the full value of any university graduate fellowship or other award whose terms and conditions are established by the College of Graduate Studies. Awards will be suspended at the onset of the leave, and reinstated at the termination of the leave period, provided the student returns to full-time study.

Withdrawals

  • If an award holder withdraws from the program that nominated them for the fellowship, the funding received during the term for which the withdrawal is processed will be recovered by the College of Graduate Studies.

Other Funding

  • Students offered both IDF funding and external scholarship funding will be required to accept the external scholarship funding. If the value of the external scholarship funding is greater than the value of the IDF, the student will not receive the IDF for the period in which the student is receiving the external scholarship. If the value of the external scholarship funding is less than the value of the IDF, the student will receive the difference between the IDF and the external scholarship funding for the period in which the student is receiving the external scholarship
  • In order to receive the IDF, the total of a student’s external scholarship funding (excluding research allowance) and the IDF may not be greater than $25,000 per year. If the total of a student’s external scholarship funding and IDF is greater than $25,000 per year, the IDF will be reduced accordingly
  • Students may receive internal funding in addition to the IDF through UBC Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, or other UBC internal awards. IDF holders who become permanent residents of Canada will no longer be eligible for IDF funding and will be required to apply each year for CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC graduate scholarship funding, if they are eligible to do so

Further Information

Questions? Please contact: graduateawards.ok@ubc.ca