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Master’s Program Funding Opportunities

Applicants to the Master’s program may apply for a limited number of funding opportunities through UBC and externally,

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS M).

PhD Program Funding Opportunities

All PhD students accepted into the program will be offered a funding package that provides at least $25,000 of support in each of their first four years. This support may include both awards and work (teaching or research assistantships).

All applicants to the PhD program will automatically be considered for this funding and they do not need to apply separately. However, in some cases the program may ask applicants to apply to specific funding opportunities. Applicants may also be able to receive a higher level of financial support from external sources.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for doctoral fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Applicants to the PhD program may apply for a limited number of funding opportunities through UBC and externally,

Travel and Conference Grants

The department may award a small number of grants to facilitate graduate students’ ability to travel to present their work at conferences and other research venues. Funding each year is contingent upon budget availability and limited in amount. If travel grants are available in a given year, a call for applications will be shared with students and faculty, typically in two rounds with deadlines November 15 and April 15.

To apply, students should:

  • Complete Parts 1 and 3 of the travel grant form including a description of the presentation and a budget of eligible expenses, already paid or projected
  • Paste their signature (as a scan or photo) into the document
  • Email the document to their supervisor to complete Part 2
  • Ask their supervisor to email the completed form to the Program Assistant at: by the deadline.

The selection process is competitive and not all students may receive awards, depending on the number of applications and the amount of funding available. Preference will be given to Ph.D. students already advanced to candidacy and presenting refereed papers at large, academically prestigious gatherings. Students are therefore advised to discuss conference plans with their supervisor(s) well in advance and to seek out alternative forms of funding whenever possible. All UBC graduate students are also eligible for support from the Graduate Student Travel Fund, at a maximum value of $500 once per degree program. Priority for Asian Studies Travel/Conference Grants will be given to those who have already received, or applied for, support from this Travel Fund.

Additional Funding Opportunities

In certain cases, undergraduate and graduate students may qualify for the same scholarships and prizes.

International graduate students are automatically considered for International Tuition Award.

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