Award Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies offers a variety of funding options and fellowships to graduate students.

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British Columbia Graduate Scholarship Canadian and Permanent Residence Masters and PhD Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

The British Columbia Graduate Scholarship is available to exceptional students entering a thesis-based graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International PhD Continuing Students Closed

Please check with your Faculty (likely February 2024)

The CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), with sponsorship support provided by ProQuest.

Campbell Family Graduate Award in Fine Arts Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

A $2,000 award has been made available to a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated artistic excellence and academic achievement.

Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Canadian and Permanent Residence Masters and PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

May 17, 2024 at 4:00PM PT

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program Canadian and Permanent Residence PhD and EdD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

TBA: Likely September 12, 2024 at 12:00 noon PT

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.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program Canadian and Permanent Residence Masters Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

TBA: Likely December 1, 2024 before 5:00 PM (PT)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS-M) Program provides financial support for one year to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

China Scholarship Council Doctoral Scholarships International PhD Incoming Students Closed

TBA: Applicants apply directly to CSC, likely March 2024

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a government agency in China which provides scholarships to students for doctoral and postdoctoral studies abroad. UBC has developed an agreement with the CSC and with specific Chinese universities to be a preferred host institution for CSC scholarship holders.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Entrance Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Graduate Entrance Awards valued at $15,000 each are available to students entering their first year of graduate studies in a thesis-based Masters or Doctoral program in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or students in an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program with a supervisor who is a member of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Masters Entrance Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) Masters Entrance Awards are valued at $5,000 for each of the two years of the Master’s program. The award is available to students entering their first year of graduate studies in a thesis-based Master’s program in an IGS theme.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Syilx-Okanagan Graduate Teaching Fellowship Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is introducing a new Indigenous Graduate Teaching Fellowship, offering annual awards of $10,000 per course (to maximum of $50,000 per annum). The intent is to target Syilx Okanagan Indigenous students to lead developments in the Nsyilxcn language fluency degree and other Okanagan content courses in the Indigenous Studies program.

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Graduate Fellowship Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) Graduate Fellowship is a merit-based award open to incoming and continuing full-time students supervised by FCCS faculty. It is available to both Masters and Doctoral students, domestic or international.

Faculty of Science Graduate Entrance Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

Three Faculty of Science (FoS) Graduate Entrance Awards valued at $15,000 each are available to students entering their first year of graduate studies in a thesis-based Masters or Doctoral program in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science or an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program with a supervisor who is a member of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.

Finch Family Graduate Award Canadian and Permanent Residence Masters and PhD Continuing Students Closed

October 23, 2024 at 12:00 Noon PDT

Ken and Jean Finch are pleased to offer one $15,000 award to a PhD student and two $5,000 awards to two Master’s students who are engaged in a research-based full-time graduate degree program at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Preference is given to students whose studies may lead to entrepreneurship, innovation, community involvement or local economic development.

Friedman Award for Scholars in Health Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Continuing Students Closed

TBA: likely March 2024

The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career.

Governor General’s Gold Medal Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Continuing Students Closed

TBA, likely early April 2025.

One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral or master’s student completing a dissertation or thesis. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the College of Graduate Studies

Graduate Dean’s Thesis Fellowship Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Continuing Students Open

Please check with your Faculty.

The Graduate Dean’s Thesis Fellowship (GDTF) is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to full-time, research-based graduate students who are approaching their final term and are focusing on the completion of their thesis/dissertation/research project. This fellowship is intended to provide financial support while students are engaged in the final writing stages of their graduate program. Students may receive a GDTF only once per degree program.

International Four-Year Doctoral Partial Tuition Award International PhD Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

The International Four-Year Doctoral Partial Tuition (IDPT) Award is available to international incoming PhD students and PhD transfer students. The Award pays the tuition differential between international and domestic tuition for eligible students. The award provides funding for up to a total of four years (48 months) per awardee.

IODE War Memorial Scholarship Canadian PhD Continuing Students Closed

TBA: Likely, Letter of Intent: October 1, 2024
Application: November 1, 2024

The National Chapter of Canada IODE initiated War Memorial Doctoral Scholarships in 1918 to commemorate Canadians who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom. Initially, bursaries were granted to children of men and women who lost their lives or who were permanently disabled while fighting for Canada. Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1921, IODE War Memorial Scholars have made important contributions to Canada and the world in medicine, science, business, politics and academia.

Killam Doctoral Scholarships Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

September 12, 2023 at 12:00 noon PT

The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy J. Killam, and through gifts made during her lifetime.

Lashley and Mary Haggman Memorial Research Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

Please check with your Faculty (likely October 2024)

A $6,500 research award has been made available through an endowment established by the Estate of Lashley and Mary Haggman for a graduate student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, conducting research on memory or memory-related issues.

Master of Data Science Scholarships Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

Master of Data Science Domestic and International Scholarships are a $5,000 entrance scholarship offered annually to domestic and international students in the Master of Data Science program at UBC Okanagan. The scholarship recognizes a student who has demonstrated academic and leadership achievements in their undergraduate or graduate program, field or industry.

Rio Tinto Graduate Scholarship Program Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

TBA: likely June 4, 2024

As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and research, Rio Tinto offers an $18,000 graduate scholarship for a UBC graduate student in a field of pure or applied science related to Rio Tinto’s activities in mining.

Schmidt Science Fellowships Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International PhD Continuing Students Closed

TBA: Faculty Nomination Deadline likely March 31, 2024

The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries.  The program is looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computing who are interested in broadening their horizons.  Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 USD per year and are supported to pursue a one to two year postdoctoral placement at a world-leading laboratory anywhere in the world in a disciplinary pivot from their PhD.  Fellows also benefit from a Global Meeting Series and personalized mentoring program.

SERB-UBC Scholarship International PhD Incoming Students Closed

Program under review. Not accepting applications at this time.

This award, a collaboration between the Science and Engineering Research Board, India (SERB) and UBC, provides up to five scholarships per year to PhD candidates in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

UBC Okanagan Academic Fund Application Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters, PhD, and EdD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Open

N/A

The UBC Okanagan Academic Fund supports graduate student scholarship and research initiatives that are central to the development of the student experience. Applications may be made to the Fund by individual graduate students or organized student groups. Examples of activities supported by the Fund include the cost of bringing speakers and lecturers to campus, and organizing and supporting graduate student-led research events.

UBC Okanagan Clifford Alexander Robson and Else Loella Robson Memorial Scholarship  Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Continuing Students Open

no deadline – applications will be reviewed as they are submitted

The UBC Okanagan Clifford Alexander Robson and Else Loella Robson Memorial Scholarship Award is awarded to graduate students who are registered with the Disability Resource Centre with specific accommodation for time to completion at UBC Okanagan.

UBC Okanagan Dissertation Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International PhD Continuing Students Open

Please check with your Faculty (likely February 2024)

Three prizes of $1,000 each have been made available annually by the University of British Columbia Okanagan for students whose doctoral dissertations are of exceptional quality and originality, and make a significant contribution to their academic field. One prize will be offered in each of the following three areas: 1. fine arts, humanities, and social sciences; 2. natural sciences and engineering; and 3. health sciences.

UBC Okanagan Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International PhD Incoming Students Open

Please check with your Faculty

The UBC Okanagan Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Award (DDS) program will ensure UBC Okanagan’s best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $20,000 per year plus tuition by the College of Graduate Studies for up to four years of their doctoral studies, in addition to funding provided by their graduate programs. 

UBC Okanagan Graduate Dean’s Student Leadership Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters, PhD, and EdD Continuing Students Closed

February 26, 2024

The Graduate Dean’s Student Leadership Award is awarded to graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to the graduate student experience at UBCO. All UBCO continuing graduate students are eligible for this award.

UBC Okanagan Graduate Research Scholarships Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Open

Incoming Students: Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying
Continuing Students: Annual Progress Reports must be submitted by June 1, 2024

UBC Okanagan Graduate Research Scholarships are administered by the College of Graduate Studies through funding made available from the University Budget. UBC Okanagan Graduate Research Scholarships are awarded to graduate students who are registered in a full-time research-based program at UBC Okanagan.

UBC Okanagan Indigenous Graduate Fellowship Canadian Masters, PhD, and EdD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

May 13, 2024

The UBC Okanagan Indigenous Graduate Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to Indigenous students entering or continuing in a full-time research-based graduate program. The Fellowship is for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Canada, in accordance with section 35(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982. The Fellowship will also consider Indigenous people of a transborder Indigenous nation (American Indian or Alaska Native). The Fellowship provides funding for up to two years for master’s students and up to five years for PhD students.

UBC Okanagan Indigenous Scholars Award Canadian Masters, PhD, and EdD Incoming Students Open

Consistent with the admission period for which a student is applying

The UBC Okanagan Indigenous Scholars Award is an award to support Indigenous students entering or continuing in a full-time research-based graduate program. The Award is for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Canada, in accordance with section 35(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982. The Award will also consider Indigenous people of a transborder Indigenous nation (American Indian or Alaska Native). The Award provides funding for up to two years for master’s students and up to five years for PhD students.

UBC Okanagan Thesis Award Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters Continuing Students Closed

February 12, 2024

Three prizes of $500 each have been made available annually by the University of British Columbia Okanagan for students whose master’s theses are of exceptional quality and originality, and make a significant contribution to their academic field. One prize will be offered in each of the following three areas: 1. fine arts, humanities, and social sciences; 2. natural sciences and engineering; and 3. health sciences.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International PhD and EdD Incoming Students and Continuing Students Closed

TBA: Likely August 31, 2024 before 12:00 Noon (PT)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. The Vanier CGS is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

Wall Awards Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International Masters and PhD Continuing Students Closed

April 30, 2024 at 4:00PM PT

Graduate awards, ranging in value from $25,000 (for Master’s students) to $30,000 (for Ph.D. students), have been made available through the Peter Wall Legacy Fund, an endowment established by Peter Wall.