International Doctoral Fellowship


January 31, 2021

Eligibility of Citizenship: International
Degree Level: Doctoral
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Incoming Students


Quick Facts

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) supports top international students who are beginning their doctoral programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus. 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


  • The awardee must hold a valid student visa and be registered full-time when they begin their doctoral program at UBC Okanagan
  • Students starting a UBC Okanagan doctoral program in January, May, or September in the competition calendar year are considered for the Fellowship
  • 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

Evaluation Criteria

Application Procedures

  • All international doctoral applicants who have submitted a complete admission file by January 31 and have been nominated by their faculty are considered for the fellowship. No additional application is required
  • Students are not able to update or make changes to their admission application for the purpose of this fellowship

Nomination Procedures

  • IDF funding is allocated to a maximum of three students annually
  • The College of Graduate Studies strongly recommends that faculties use the IDF for effective recruitment of excellent students
  • Faculties review and evaluate each incoming admission application that has been submitted by the IDF deadline
  • The responsible designate from each faculty provides a ranked nomination list to the College of Graduate Studies via the International Doctoral Fellowship Nomination Form
  • Nominations must include a 300 word rationale for each nominee
  • Nominations received from faculties are reviewed and winners will be selected by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee
  • Only successful students are notified

Conditions For Award Holders


  • IDF holders who later 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.


  • 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. If the College of Graduate Studies determines that a student is making unsatisfactory progress, the IDF awarded to that student will be cancelled


  • 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


  • If an award holder withdraws from their program, 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

Further Information

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