UBC offers both merit-based (fellowships, scholarships, prizes) and need-based financial assistance (bursaries, grants, loans, work study).
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Awards and Financial Aid Office website lists all University and Faculty sponsored scholarships and fellowships, including eligibility, application procedures and deadlines, and other relevant information.
International applicants applying for a degree through the Department of Language & Literacy Education requiring financial support are advised to seek funding in their own country.
Graduate Student Initiative (GSI) Funding
The Department of Language & Literacy Education is committed to supporting graduate students from its thesis-based programs who will make important contributions to their communities, to scholarship, to academic leadership, and who will be competitive in the academic job market in Canada and internationally. A key factor in fulfilling this commitment is recruiting a diverse and talented pool of applicants. We also acknowledge that there is growing competition for outstanding applicants and that UBC must compete for these applicants with other universities.
Please note, as GSI rates are subject to availability of funds from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, allocations will change yearly.
LLED Prizes and Scholarships
Winners are selected on the basis of nomination through an annual competition. The deadline for receipt of applications is mid-April. The specific deadline date will be announced in the call for applications each year.
*Please note that prize and scholarship amounts vary each year.
The Department of Language and Literacy Education has several graduate prizes and scholarships for Masters’ and Doctoral students and are open to all graduate students within the Department. Funding for this series of prizes and scholarships was donated by members of the Department of Language and Literacy Education who were involved in teaching and/or coordinating the External Programs and Learning Technologies cohorts.
#1993 Language and Literacy Education Graduate Prize
This prize is broken down into the categories below:
• Best M.Ed Graduating Paper. Submit the following materials: cover letter showing the significance of your work, one nomination letter, and a one page summary (12pt. font, Times New Roman, 1” margins, single space) of your graduating paper.
• Best MA Thesis. Submit the following materials: cover letter showing the significance of your work, one nomination letter, and a one page summary (12pt. font, Times New Roman, 1” margins, single space) of your thesis.
• Outstanding Service in the Department (1 Doctoral, 1 Masters). Submit the following materials: cover letter highlighting your service work, one nomination letter, and a curriculum vitae detailing your service work.
Winners for the M.Ed Graduating Paper and MA Thesis are selected on the basis of nomination (from faculty members) and academic merit. Winners of the Service Awards are selected on the basis of nomination (from faculty members and students) and the strength of the record of service. Students do not apply for this prize unless nominated. Nominees must be full-time students to receive these awards.
Prizes total $1,200* (divided among four winners).
• Best M.Ed Graduating Paper (Part-time students): Submit the following materials: cover letter showing the significance of your work, one nomination letter, and a one page summary (12pt. font, Times New Roman, 1” margins, single space) of your graduating paper. Prize of $300*.
Winners for the M.Ed Graduating Paper (Part-time students) are selected on the basis of nomination (from faculty members) and academic merit. Nominees must be part-time students to receive this prize. Students do not apply for this prize unless nominated by faculty.
#1986 – Mary Ashworth Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Education
A $3,000* scholarship has been endowed by the the Language and Literacy Education alumni, and the family and friends of Dr. Mary Ashworth, Professor Emerita of Language Education, and founder of the TESL undergraduate and graduate programs at UBC, who passed away on January 20, 2009. The scholarship is offered to an outstanding master’s or doctoral student in the Faculty of Education who is focusing on teaching English as a Second Language. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Language and Literacy Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
#1978 Ann Hawson Memorial Prize in Language Education
A $300* prize has been endowed by friends and family in memory of Dr. Ann Hawson (Ph.D.-LLED, 1997), who passed away in 1998, for a graduate student who has achieved a high standing in Language Education. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education.
To commemorate Dr. Hawson’s research, which was interdisciplinary and innovative, the prize acknowledges the best PhD/MA thesis in MLED and TESL that demonstrates an interdisciplinary or innovative approach to research in second language education/learning in the previous calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.).
Since Dr. Hawson was a Ph.D. student in MLED, preference will be given to Ph.D. and MLED students.
Undergraduate Prizes and Scholarships
The Department of Language and Literacy Education offers several undergraduate prizes and one scholarship
#1912 – Stella Shopland Memorial Prize
A $200* prize endowed as a memorial to Stella Shopland by her friends and associates, serves to mark the esteem and affection in which she was held by her colleagues and students. In tribute to her special interest in children’s literature, this prize is awarded to an undergraduate in the Faculty of Education who achieves distinction and who uses children’s literature in an effective and imaginative manner during the practicum.
#2004 – Barbara Mikulec Prize in Education
A $750* prize has been endowed by Barbara Mikulec, B.Ed. (Elementary), ’69, for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education. This prize is offered to students whose teaching practicum demonstrates success in teaching English as an additional language
#1999 Bill Davison Memorial Prize
A $500* prize has been endowed by friends, family and colleagues in memory of Bill Davison (1943-2004) for an outstanding Bachelor of Education (Secondary) student in Language and Literacy Education. As an English instructor at UBC, Bill left a profound legacy through his commitment to inspiring student teachers to bring language and literature into their classrooms.
#1927 George Brooks White Memorial Prize
A book prize valued at $150* has been endowed in memory of George Brooks White by his family in recognition of his dedication to the teaching of English. This award is for the highest ranking student in the field of Secondary English (Methods and Practice Teaching).
#1976 – Elizabeth Kendall Scholarship in Education
A $500* scholarship was endowed by Marie Josephine Kendall in honour of her sister. This scholarship is offered to BEDE/BEDM or BEDS students excelling in English or Language Arts Education. This scholarship alternates each year between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education and the graduate and undergraduate programs.
OGPR is pleased to make available the application forms and accompanying Terms of Reference & Instructions for various Faculty of Education graduate student research initiatives.
The principal goals of this initiative are to provide financial support to Post-Doctoral Fellows who must travel to present their work at conferences, and to also increase the opportunity of Post-Doctoral fellows to build their scholarly profiles/track record. The initiative is for any Post-Doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Education who is the first author and presenter of a paper, poster session, or workshop at a local, national or international conference.
Graduate Student Travel Funding
Department of Language and Literacy Education Graduate Student Travel Grant
Overview: In an effort to support LLED graduate students’ development of scholarly profiles, the Department provides a limited amount of travel funding annually for students to present at local, national or international conferences. Conferences for which funding is sought should take place while applicants are students, or no later than 6 months after their graduation.
Details & Eligibility: As limited funds are available each year, LLED MA, MEd and PhD students are eligible to apply once per degree for this travel grant. Funds will be awarded based on the number of qualified applications received. If the annual allocation exceeds the total amount requested, extra funds will be distributed amongst successful applicants. The Graduate Student Travel fund for the 2015-16 year is: $5,000.00*.
Students must be representing LLED, presenting or co-presenting (paper, poster, or symposium), and must not be enrolled in a graduate program elsewhere. The travel grant can be used in conjunction with other travel support (Ritsumeikan, the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies, the Office of Graduate Programs and Research, for example).
*Please note: this fund is to reimburse travel already incurred for costs associated with accommodation, meals, registration and travel. Original receipts are required.
Application: Please complete the application form, attach an abstract, and confirmation of acceptance to the conference. Submit all documents electronically to Laurie Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline indicated above. Please also indicate if you have received, or are expecting to receive, any other sources of funding for this conference. expecting to receive any other sources of funding.
For students not graduating during the 2015-16 year, the award covers travel between: March 15 of the previous year and March 31 of the current year (e.g., March 15, 2015 to March 31, 2016).
For students who have graduated during the 2015-16 year (e.g., March 15, 2015 to March 31, 2016): the award covers travel during the fiscal year, and up to six months after graduation.
Students will be notified via email if their application has been successful, upon which time the original receipts and documentation will be required for submission and reimbursement.
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies – Funding
International Partial Tuition Fee Scholarship
Full-time international students commencing on or after September 1, 1997 are eligible for an International Partial Tuition Scholarship around $1,500 each year for the entire period of their Master’s or Doctoral studies if they meet the following conditions:
- full-time international student holding a valid student visa,
- maintain satisfactory academic standing,
- tuition is not being paid by an external sponsor or source.
There is no need to apply for this scholarship as all admitted international graduate students are considered.
Graduate Entrance Scholarship (GES) for incoming students
In order to be considered for a Graduate Entrance Scholarship, admission applications must be received by the required deadline date.
Policies and procedures for the SSHRC competition are available on the Graduate Awards website.
Please note that students, prior to being nominated for the Killam Awards, are required, if eligible, to apply for major scholarship support from one of the federal granting agencies such as NSERC, SSHRC, MRC, NHRDP etc.
Details of University Graduate Fellowship/SSHRC awards, including eligibility and selection criteria, can be found on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website or on the SSHRC website.
In addition, many of the professors within the Faculty of Education have funded projects and they employ students as Research Assistants. These vary from year to year and from project to project. The Department of Language & Literacy Education also employs a number of Teaching Assistants, primarily for work in the teacher education program. Teaching Assistants in the teacher education program are normally teachers certified by the province of British Columbia to teach in elementary or secondary schools. A number of other assistantships are possible for individuals to assist professors in the Faculty of Education. These require a thorough knowledge of English pedagogy. The form for applying for a TA or GRA position is available for downloading on our jobs page. Positions are posted in March and the deadline for submissions is April 30.
University Graduate Fellowships
The UGF Online Application is now available for students to fill out and submit. Application instructions and access to the online application is available here.
Complete policies and procedures regarding the UGF, NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR competition are available on the Graduate Awards Website.
The department deadline is around the end of September for complete applications including letters. Please see the specific date of the deadline in the call for application each year.