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
UBC graduate programs receive funding, termed the Graduate Student Initiative (GSI) allocation, proportional to the number of students in the program. The RDS program uses its GSI allocation for student salary top-ups. All PhD students, and MSc students who achieve ≥ 90% average in their coursework, will receive salary top-ups. The money is paid in 3 installments, at the start of each term. Please see specifics for the distribution criteria below.
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.