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The University offers a wide range of programs to recognize students with high academic achievement and to provide financial assistance to those who cannot meet basic education costs. Academic merit-based awards for graduate study are administered by the Dean's Office, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Financial need-based awards are administered by Enrolment Services, The University of British Columbia, 1036-1874 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z1; telephone 604.822.9836.

Financial support for graduate students usually comes from the following sources:

  • Merit-based awards, scholarships and fellowships administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, including Four Year Fellowships (4YF) for Ph.D. Students, Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellowships, Affiliated Fellowships, Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards, endowed awards and annual awards.
  • External funding agencies including Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and others.
  • Tuition awards administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • UBC teaching and research assistantships administered by individual graduate programs.
  • Need-based awards and financial assistance including loans, bursaries, work/study program, and emergency assistance.

Award recipients are required to accept and adhere to a number of funding terms and conditions, including:

  • Registration: Award payments will only be made to students who are registered as full-time UBC graduate students. Award holders are required to maintain registration for the duration of their award funding period.
  • Hours of Employment: Award holders are required to limit their number of hours of employment to an average of 12 hours per week.
  • Completion of Program: Students will have their award pro-rated to the end of the month in which they complete their degree requirements.
  • Withdrawal of Program: Students will have their award pro-rated to the date by which their withdrawal from their degree program is effective.
  • Leave from Program: Students are not eligible to receive their award during academic terms in which they are officially on-leave from their program.

For complete terms and conditions, visit Graduate Awards.

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