Awards & Bursaries

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

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


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.

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.

Assistantships & Fellowships

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.

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 their PhD studies. This program will allow UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international PhD students, and provide those students 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.

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

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.

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. Tune-in to our job opportunities page for future GTA opportunities!


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.

Funding for Conference

There are 4 funding sources for supporting student’s conference trips:

  • ECPS Conference Award for conference registration (max $500) - Submit to and handled by ECPS. The ECPS Conference Award is open to all registered ECPS graduate students who attend an academic conference between between April 1st of the current year and March 31st of the following year. The award is intended to reimburse you for the cost of the conference registration (up to a maximum of $500). 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 Student Conference Award form. Please find the form at Forms & Resources.
  • Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant (max $750) - Submit to and handled by Dean’s Finance Office directly.
  • Graduate Student Research Grant (max $1000) - Submit to and handled by ECPS. Students will receive application information each year at around May from our Graduate Program Assistants. If you have any questions, please contact them.
  • Graduate Student Travel and Research Dissemination fund  (max $500) - Submit to and handled by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies directly.