Awards and Scholarships

The University offers a wide range of programs to recognize students with high academic achievement and to provide financial assistance to those who cannot meet basic education costs.

Financial support for graduate students usually comes from the following sources:

  • merit-based awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including University Graduate Fellowships, Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellowships, Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships, Graduate Dean’s Thesis Fellowships, Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellowships, endowed awards, and annual donors;
  • external funding agencies, including Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and others;
  • UBC Okanagan teaching and research assistantships, administered by individual faculties and programs; and
  • need-based awards and financial assistance, including loans, bursaries, work/study programs, and emergency assistance, administered by UBC Okanagan Student Services.

Award recipients are required to accept and adhere to a number of funding terms and conditions, including:

  • Registration: Award payments will only be made to students who are registered as full-time UBC graduate students. Award holders are required to maintain registration for the duration of their award funding period.
  • Hours of Employment: Award holders are required to limit their number of hours of employment to an average of 12 hours per week.
  • Completion of Program: Students will normally have their award pro-rated to the end of the month in which they complete their degree requirements.
  • Withdrawal from Program: If an award holder withdraws from the program that nominated them for the scholarship, the funding received during the term in which the withdrawal is requested will be recovered by the College of Graduate Studies and returned to the nominating program.
  • Leave from Program: Students are not eligible to receive their award during academic terms in which they are officially on leave from their program. For complete terms and conditions, visit Scholarships and Awards.

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