Funding for Prospective Students

1. Minimum Funding Policy for PhD students

Effective September 2021 onward, all full-time students who are offered admission to begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later must be provided with a minimum funding package equal to $22,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships.


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2. The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)

Four Year Fellowships may be held by domestic and international students. UBC’s best PhD, DMA, and MDPhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,200 stipend per year plus tuition for up to four years of their doctoral studies. All PhD, DMA, and MDPhD applicants offered admission are automatically considered for 4YF funding. Graduate programs review their incoming and continuing students and offer Four Year Fellowships to their very best students, with priority given to incoming students.

Please refer to the 4YF Guidelines for essential policies regarding holding 4YF funding.

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3. Indigenous Graduate Fellowship

The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Indigenous students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Each fellowship provides a stipend of $18,200 plus tuition per year for doctoral students or a stipend of $16,175 plus tuition per year for Master’s students.

Applicants may or may not be UBC graduate students at the time of application – the competition is open to both incoming and continuing graduate students. However, awardees must be enrolled as full-time status graduate students at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2023-2024 academic year in order to receive an Indigenous Graduate Fellowship through this competition.

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4. International Tuition Award

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs at UBC – Vancouver campus.

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5. President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Awards (PAEIPA)

These awards are provided to recognize the significant contributions of PhD students to the research activities of the university. The awards are available to all new and continuing PhD students. The award will be assigned automatically to eligible students; students do not need to apply.

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