Funding Opportunities

Stipend Amount and Duration:

The recommended minimum yearly stipend for a full time RDS graduate student is $20,000. This stipend may come from an independent studentship award and/or from the Research Supervisor’s research grant. Admission to the RDS Program must include a written commitment from the Supervisor that guarantees that each student is supported to the recommended funding level and also identifies the source of funding.

The duration of the annual stipend is normally two years for a MSc student and four years for a PhD student. After the two-year MSc and four-year PhD point, continued funding is at the discretion of the Supervisor.   Normally, the Supervisor will inform their student at least six months prior to the end-date of the student’s stipend.

Funding depends both on satisfactory academic and research progress, as determined by the Student’s Thesis Supervisory Committee, and on the Research Supervisor’s continued grant support.  Termination of funding for other justifiable reasons must be approved by a majority of the RDS Admissions Committee and may also involve the Conflict Resolution Committee.

Graduate Student Initiative (GSI) funding

 All graduate student programs at UBC receive funding from the central administration, which is termed the GSI allocation. The amount of funding depends on the number of students in the program. The RDS program uses its GSI allocation for student salary top-ups. All PhD students will receive the GSI allocation and for MSC students who receive an average of ≥ 90% average in their course work will receive the salary top-up. The money is paid in 3 installments in the fall, winter and summer terms. The current annual value is ~$2,000. The duration of support is 4 years for a PhD student and 2 years for a MSc student.

The top-up can be used for any purpose, but is primarily designed to contribute to student tuition fees.

Awards and Financial Aid

For a compendium of awards available for UBC graduate students, visit the Scholarships, Awards and Funding page on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Partial Tuition Scholarship

International students may be eligible for the International Tuition Award.

Other Funding Opportunities