Other Funding Opportunities

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.
Partial Tuition Scholarship: International Students may be eligible for the Partial Tuition Scholarship.

Affiliated Fellowship
You must apply through 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, SSHRC, CIHR) if they qualify for such funding.

Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)
The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC’s best Ph.D. students are provided with financial support of at least $18,000 per year plus tuition for the first four years of their studies. Each year we are allowed to provide this funding to a small number of students entering their Ph.D. studies with Experimental Medicine either directly or transferring from their Master’s degree studies to the Ph.D.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who 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. Link to NSERC’s website

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 Ph.D. degree and applications are made by the students and must be submitted within the deadline set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Link to CIHR’s website.

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. Link to MSFHR’s website.

UBC Office of Research Services
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”: Be sure to check out the Community of Science searchable database on the ORS website. This 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 in your area, and create a weekly funding alert tailored to your needs.

UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Awards

Faculty of Medicine provides a variety of award and funding opportunities to graduate students who receive training in different specialties.

UBC Public Scholar Initiative

UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) was launched in 2015 to support UBC doctoral students who wish to make purposeful contributions to the public good through collaborative, action-oriented, and/or creative forms of scholarship in their dissertation work. The PSI reimagines doctoral education in ways that facilitate purposeful social contribution, the production of new and creative forms of scholarship and dissertations, and support graduate students’ broader career perspectives.