Funding at UBC
Awards and Financial Aid
For a compendium of awards available for UBC graduate students see the Awards and Financial Aid page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
Applicants must hold or expect to hold (at the time of taking up the award) a degree in science or engineering and who intend to pursue in the following year full-time graduate study and research in one of the areas of the natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC. Awards administered by NSERC include the PGSA, PGSB and the NSERC-IPS.
Applications are made by the proposed supervisor, not by the student. Studentships are offered to students attending a Canadian graduate school who are undertaking full-time health research training leading to a PhD degree.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
You must apply to the Experimental Medicine department for the Affiliated Fellowships. The competition for this award is held in October. Applicants for the Affiliated Fellowships are expected to apply for other funding (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC) if they qualify for such funding.
Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)
The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC’s best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $20,000 per year for the first four years of their PhD studies. Each year we are allowed to provide this funding to a number of students entering their PhD studies with Experimental Medicine either directly or transferring from their Master’s degree studies to the PhD.
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
MSFHR Research Trainee Awards support highly qualified master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral trainees to prepare for careers as independent health researchers in one of the following four themes: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health.
The Vanier Scholarships Program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies and leadership skills. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply for Vanier Scholarships, which have a stipend of $50,000 per annum and are tenable for up to 36 months.
Research and Teaching Assistantships
These assistantships (also called RAs and TAs) are part-time jobs with duties related to teaching or conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member. If you’re interested in RAs and TAs, please feel free to get in contact with any Department of your choice to enquire about RA and TA positions. However, the Department of Medicine does not offer such RAs and TAs.
UBC Office of Research Services
For a compendium of opportunities for research funding, check the Research Funding page of the UBC Office of Research Services
“Community of Science”
The Community of Science searchable database on the ORS website allows you to search the world’s most comprehensive funding resource, with more than 22,000 records representing nearly 400,000 opportunities, for research funding. You can even create a weekly funding alert tailored to your needs.
Experimental Medicine Travel Awards
The Experimental Medicine program will make available up to 5 travel awards per year (calendar year) of $500 each. These will be made with the understanding that the student has already utilized the Graduate Student Travel Fund from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and will be presenting a poster or talk at the meeting. In any single year, only one student can receive the award from any one laboratory.