Our Funding Commitment
The typical PhD student will have four years of fellowship funding at $18,000 per year, plus a 1.0 teaching assistantship. (The TA rate is negotiated by the TA union; please see the latest rates here) So for the first four years of study, a typical PhD student can expect approximately $30,000 per year in TA-ship and fellowship funding. Students in good standing will also receive a fifth year of funding based on a combination of TA-ships and a Graduate Instructorship (where students teach their own course) for a total funding of $18,000 for the fifth year. Additional support may be offered through a number of sources, which may include research assistant positions with faculty in the department, 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 $11,000 per year, plus a 1.0 teaching assistantship. A typical MA student can expect approximately $23,000 per year in TA-ship and fellowship funding. Additional support may be offered through a number of sources, which may include research assistant positions with faculty in the department, and students are expected to apply for awards during their studies here.
***Canadian students intending to apply for federal graduate funding (normally from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – SSHRC) should note that the deadlines for these funding programs may be considerably earlier than department-administered deadlines. MA applicants should apply directly via the SSHRC Research Net portal. Deadline is December 1st.
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.