Our Funding Commitment
Funding for PhD students comes from fellowships, teaching assistantships, and other awards. The typical PhD student will have four years of fellowship funding at $18,000 per year, plus a 0.5 or 1.0 teaching assistantship. (The TA rate is negotiated by the TA union; in 2015-2016, a 1.0 TA-ship was $11,919.) So for the first four years of study, a typical student can expect approximately $23,900 -$29,801 per year in TA-ship and fellowship funding. Students in good standing typically receive further TA-ships beyond their fourth year. Additional support may be offered through a number of sources, and students are expected to apply for awards during their studies here.
MA students are generally offered two years of fellowship funding in the amount of $10,000 per year, plus a 1.0 teaching assistantship. Additional support may be offered through a number of sources, and students are expected to apply for awards during their studies here.
In all cases, financial support is contingent on maintaining high academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward their degree completion.
Most awards require a first class average in each of the past two years of university-level studies. At UBC that would be 80% (or 3.5 on a 4 point scale). It is useful that you identify awards for which you’re eligible and that you know and meet their deadlines, some of which are in mid-September. Chances of admission might be enhanced for students who will hold a fellowship; students eligible for SSHRC funding are encouraged to apply prior to admission.
Most of the awards come from the:
- Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- UBC Affiliated Fellowships, and
- Four-Year Fellowships
We have provided information and links throughout this section where you can obtain information on eligibility, procedures and deadlines. Be sure to visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies for a more detailed list of awards and financial assistance.