Awards & Financial Aid

Check out Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website for a full list of grad student award opportunities.

Below you’ll find some of the ambitious awards that are available to ECPS grad students.

Canada Student Loans and Bursaries

For information regarding Canada Student loans and bursaries, application forms and information are available from:

Awards and Financial Aid
1036-1874 East Mall
Brock Hall
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z1
Telephone: (604) 822-5111

Student Aid BC helps with the cost of post-secondary education through student loans, grants, and scholarships. They also have programs that help with loan repayment.

You are strongly encouraged to apply by the end of June in order to receive your funding in time for September. Also, please note that you must have a student loan to apply for a bursary.

NOTE: You can find more information about student awards and scholarships via the UBC Awards & Money Management website.

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

The CIHR Fellowship competition is open to doctoral students. Masters students planning to begin a doctoral program the following September may also apply. All applications are due at the end of September and applications must be initiated by the student applying.

In addition, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies offers Affiliated Fellowships each year.  On their website, you’ll find CIHR quick facts, eligibility, evaluation, and application procedure information.

ECPS Conference Award

The ECPS Conference Award is open to all registered ECPS graduate students who attend an academic conference between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015. The award is intended to reimburse you for the cost of the conference registration (up to a maximum of $100). There is a maximum of one reimbursement per student, and to be eligible, you must be a registered student in ECPS at the time of the conference.

ECPS students that are interested in applying for the conference award can find out more by completing the ECPS Conference Registration Reimbursement form.

Four Year Doctoral Fellowships (4YF)

UBC introduced the 4YF program during the 2009-2010 academic year. A goal of the program is to ensure that the best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $20,000 per year for the first four years of the PhD studies. This program will allow UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international PhD students, and provide those student with stable, base-level funding for the first four years of their PhD studies and research.  Further 4YF information and application instructions can be found on the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)

A variety of GAA Assistantships are available for each program area.  Tune-in to our job opportunities page for future GAA opportunities!

Graduate Entrance Scholarships

These scholarships are offered by graduate programs and departments to the best and brightest incoming master’s and doctoral students for full-time graduate study or research at UBC.

Graduate Research Assistantships

It is possible to obtain funding by working on an individual faculty member’s research project. Indication of interest in participating in these projects can be made directly to the faculty member leading the project, but note that you will need to apply in accordance to the GRA description that would be posted on our job opportunities page.

Graduate Support Initiative

This initiative is a system for funding graduate students through entrance scholarships, multi-year funding packages, tuition awards and scholarship top-ups. GSI funding cannot be used as payment for employment; nor will it replace funding for TA-ships. Funding for the GSI will be phased in as the PhD Tuition Fee Award is phased out over the next several years.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A variety of assistantships are available. These usually involve teaching, under the supervision of a faculty member, a three credit course which is part of the Diploma in Guidance Studies or the Teacher Education Program. Information about available assistantships is posted on the Department website. It is important to note that Masters students in ECPS are not permitted to be appointed as Teaching Assistants.

Office of Research in Education Opportunities

Further awards and funding opportunities are administered through the Office of Research within the Faculty of Education.  Check out their grad student awards and funding

Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship

These scholarships are funded by the Province of British Columbia. These merit-based graduate scholarships are to reward scholarly and research excellence and are available to students in research-intensive graduate programs at both the master’s and PhD levels. Winners of these scholarships will receive $10,000 from the Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship together with additional funding from other University scholarship sources, for a combined total scholarship value of $17,000 per year. Scholarships may be renewed for a second year for eligible students who maintain good academic standing. Particular consideration will be given to students who address the Government of British Columbia’s priorities in the following sectors of the province’s economy:

  1. Life Sciences (health and biotechnology)
  2. Technology (information and communication, new media, and wireless)
  3. Clean Technology (alternative energy and sustainable technologies)
  4. Natural Resources (forestry, agriculture, fishing, mining, oil and gas)
  5. Asia-Pacific Gateway Strategy (Pacific studies, Asian languages, etc.)
  6. Developing Business Skills.