Funding

Make the most of the financial resources available to you as a UBC student.

Awards

The following awards are available to students taking courses offered by the Department of Asian Studies as each award is based on a specific criteria and guidelines.

C.K. Choi Prize in Buddhist Studies

A $550 prize has been endowed by the Choi family for an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student with high standing in Buddhist studies. It is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies where appropriate.

Community Prize for Chinese Studies

A prize of $75 has been endowed by Mr. Lum Lai and other members of the community interested in Chinese Studies. This prize is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to a student majoring in Chinese language or in Asian Area Studies with emphasis on China.

Fung Hang Memorial Prize

A $50 prize has been endowed in memory of the late Fung Hang by his family and friends. Fung Hang, who passed away July 1, 1983 will always be fondly remembered by his family as a loving and caring husband and father. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student in History of Early China (Asian Studies 320). The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

Kenji Ogawa Memorial Prize in Japanese

A $100 prize is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to an undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of Japanese language. Mr. Ogawa, in whose memory the prize has been endowed by his students, friends and relatives, was a highly admired and inspiring teacher of Japanese in the Department of Asian Studies, 1963 to 1970.

Mr. and Mrs. Tsitae Sato Prize in Asian Studies

A $75 prize, endowed by Mr. and Mrs. T. Sato, is awarded to the outstanding student in the first year Japanese. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

Community Prize for Korean Studies

Two $225 prizes has been endowed by contributions from several members of the community interested in Korean Studies provides for students studying the Korean language or Korean history. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies.

Attariwala-Dley Prize

A $400 prize has been endowed by the Attariwala and Dley families for a student majoring in Asian Studies, and demonstrating excellence in Punjabi language and/or Sikh studies. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

Konarak Prize in South Asian Studies

A $400 prize has been endowed to promote excellence in South Asian studies. It is made, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to a student who completes a major in South Asian studies with excellence or to a promising graduate student in South Asian studies. It may be withheld if no suitable candidate is available.

August Larson Memorial Prize in South Asian Studies

A prize of $225 has been endowed by Alice Larson and Joanna Larson Lehmann in memory of August Larson who had a lifelong interest in the history and culture of Asia. The award is offered, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to a first or second year student writing the best course essay on some aspect of South Asian history or culture. Instructors in anthropology, asian studies, history, political science, religious studies, sociology, or other departments may nominate candidates, or students may submit essays directly.

Malwa Brotherhood and Friends Society of Canada

A $375 prize has been endowed by the Malwa Brotherhood and Friends Society of Canada for the study of Sikh history, religion or culture, or Punjabi language or literature. The award is offered to an undergraduate student and is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

Ajaib S. Sangha Prize

A prize of $1,275 has been endowed through a bequest from the late Ajaib S. Sangha. The prize is awarded to a student in Asian Studies with a particular interest in the area of Indic languages. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

The India Club of Vancouver Prize in Asian Studies

A prize of $500, donated by the India Club, is awarded to a student in the Asian Studies Department, with particular interest in Hindi or Sanskrit courses. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

Harmandeep Kaur Rai Memorial Prize in Asian Studies

A $500 prize is offered in memory of Harmandeep Kaur Rai, UBC Arts alumna (2000) and graduate of the Asian Studies Department by family members including her younger brother, Ralinder Singh Rai. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student in the Department, with preference for those studying South Asian language and culture.

Scholarships

Chia-ying Yeh & Minsheng Scholarship (叶嘉莹民生奖学金):

由北京民生中国书法公益基金会于2019年设立,旨在鼓励青年才俊研究中国古典诗词、传承优秀传统文化,以叶嘉莹先生的诗词人生与学术思想为典范,海内外弘扬中华诗教。

(2020 application period: Applications will be accepted online from 12AM, May 12 to 5PM, July 12, 2020 (GMT+8).

Purpose:

  1. Encourage students to study classical Chinese poetry
  2. Celebrate Professor Emeritus Chia-ying Yeh’s academic career and works

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The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship - Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver

(2020 application period: February 1st through April 15th; please note deadline has been extended from March 31st)

Purpose:

  1. To encourage international students (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao SAR students are not eligible) to study Huayu courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan);
  2. To provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community

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The Taiwan Scholarship - Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver

(2020 application period: February 1st through April 15th; please note deadline has been extended from March 31st)

Purpose:

The Taiwan Scholarship Program was established by the Republic of China (Taiwan) — the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. In addition to the HES program for studying Mandarin in Taiwan, the Taiwan Scholarship program is also available for students who are interested in studying undergraduate, master, or doctoral degree programs in Taiwan. This program also aims to:

  1. Promote knowledge, understanding and friendship between people in Taiwan and in countries around the world.
  2. Provide opportunities to increase academic and educational links with international institutions of higher learning.
  3. Develop outstanding professionals and experts to meet the needs of the global society

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Chris Lin Memorial Scholarship

A $1,450 scholarship has been endowed in memory of Chris Lin, who died tragically on August 31, 1966. Chris was the son of Professor Paul Lin, for many years the Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at McGill University, and an alumnus of the University of British Columbia. Chris was born in the United States and brought up in China. He was a second year student at UBC at the time of his death. He was a fine, warm-hearted human being and a student of great promise; had he lived he would undoubtedly have greatly contributed to the furtherance of understanding and friendship between China and Canada. The recipient of this annual scholarship is a student, undergraduate or graduate, who meets the following criteria: (1) proficiency in Chinese equivalent of at least one year of intensive language study, a concentration in Chinese studies, and academic excellence, (2) evidence of social concerns and good citizenship; commitment to the study and understanding of cultures and values. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but others are also invited to apply. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae which includes a brief statement concerning their intentions and life goals to the Chris Lin Memorial Scholarship Committee, c/o Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

Timothy Martin Canfield Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships totalling $1,650 have been endowed by friends and family in memory of Timothy Martin Canfield, a student of Asian Studies who died at the age of 24 in 1988. The scholarships are given to undergraduates in the Department of Asian Studies who are specializing in Japanese language and/or culture. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

The Okamasu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies

Four scholarships of $1,000 each have been endowed as a memorial to his parents by Mr. Yoshihisa Okamatsu and members of his family, Kuniko, Akemi, Tadashi, Chieko, Hironori, Kuninori, Yoshihiko, Saori and Jooji. It is awarded to students studying the Japanese language at UBC. Mr. Okamatsu is a private citizen who has long been interested in furthering cultural relations between Japan and Canada, as well as other countries. Previously, he gave to the University a collection of Japanese handmade paper, and on 11 November 1977, he established this scholarship as a means by which he hopes that people in both countries might draw closer together in the cause of world peace and understanding. In April 1978, Mr. Okamatsu made a supplementary gift that brought the fund to its present value.

Bruno Petzold Memorial Scholarship

A $2,100 scholarship has been endowed by Mrs. Liesel Petzold in honour of her father-in-law, Dr. Bruno Petzold (1873-1949), who served as a professor at Tokyo Daiichi Koto Gakko, the present Tokyo University at Komaba. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student majoring in Japanese or Asian Area Studies who has an interest in Buddhism.

Mr. and Mrs. Tsutae Sato Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship of $475 has been endowed through a bequest from Mr. Tsutae Sato. Mr. Sato and his wife Hanako together taught Japanese-Canadian children. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies, to a student majoring in Japanese Language or Literature.

Jaswant S. Berar and Sham Kour Memorial

A $550 scholarship has been established by Ab, Sodi and Vic Berar in memory of their parents. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student demonstrating proficiency in the study of Sikh scriptures, Sikh history, Punjabi language and Punjabi literature.

Goel Scholarship in South Asian Studies

A scholarship of $400 has been made available by Dr. and Mrs. D. P. Goel in memory of her brother, Mr. Om Prakash Agrawal. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department, to a student majoring in South Asian Studies (preferably in Hindi, Sanskrit or other languages of India).

Rosa Wai Wai Ho Scholarship in Asian Studies

A $1,475 scholarship has been endowed by family and friends in memory of Rosa Wai Wai Ho for an undergraduate student in Asian Studies. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

William L. Holland Scholarship

A scholarship of $700 is offered by faculty members in the Department of Asian Studies to undergraduates or to graduate students specializing in Asian Studies. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department to a student whose academic record and achievement show promise of a successful career in the Asian Studies field. The scholarship is named after Professor Holland, the first Head of the Department of Asian Studies.

Harcharan Kaur Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studies

A $300 scholarship has been endowed by Bikar Singh Mann to honour the memory of his late Harcharan (Swarno) Kaur Mann. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student studying Sikh scripture and Punjabi.

The Elizabeth Tong Ng Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies

This scholarship of $500 is awarded to an undergraduate student entering the final year in the Department of Asian Studies on the basis of both academic ability and financial need. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

Andy and Julie Sun Scholarship in Asian Studies

Scholarships totaling $575 have been endowed by Andy and Julie Sun for students in Asian Studies. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies

Scholarships totalling $10,000 are offered in memory of Gregory Tso, by his family, to students specializing in Chinese studies. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

UBC has a variety of scholarships and awards available for students who intend to embark on exchange, research or internships abroad. A variety of Go Global scholarships are available, and most students are automatically considered for these upon application to the program.

There are also a number of International Learning Awards that are available to UBC students through UBC’s partner universities. If you are accepted to the partner university as a visiting exchange student, you will be notified about these awards. Awards include but are not limited to:

Past Winners

Zoudan Ma Canadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862) 2018W
Zoudan Ma Velma T. and Lawrence G. Y. CHEN Graduate Award in AS (Award #6519) 2018W
Yinzong Wei & Bendi Tso Ji Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289) 2018W
William Scott Wells Andy and Julie SUN Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1314) 2018W
Sunminghui Wang SOH Lim Poh Paul Foundation and the International Buddhist Society Scholarship in Buddhist Studies (Award #6728) 2018W
Sukwinder Gill Jaswant Berar and Sham Kour Berar Mem. Schol. (Award #1251) 2018W
Peder Gedda Harcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273) 2018W
Kurtis Hanlon, Shota Iwasaki, Atsumi Nakao & Cyrus Qiu The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2018W
Kiran Sunar Joseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252) 2018W
Jasmine Sandher William L. Holland Scholarship (Award #1112) 2018W
Emmett Chan Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (Award #1376) 2018W
Ajay Bhardwaj Asa Johal Fellowship in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #488) 2018W
William Scott Wells William L. Holland Scholarship (Award #1112) 2017W
Tim Bellefleur Joseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252) 2017W
Shuang Li Chris Lin Memorial Scholarship (Award #1108) 2017W
Shuang Li Velma T. and Lawrence G. Y. CHEN Graduate Award in AS (Award #6519) 2017W
Shota Iwasaki, Katarina Klafka, Atsumi Nakao & Saeko Suzuki The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2017W
Ranbir Johal Asa Johal Fellowship in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #488) 2017W
Peder Gedda Jaswant Berar and Sham Kour Berar Mem. Schol. (Award #1251) 2017W
Peder Gedda Harcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273) 2017W
Meng Wu & Minoru Takano Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289) 2017W
Di Chang Canadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862) 2017W
Chulthim Gurung & Margaret Mitchell SOH Lim Poh Paul Foundation and the International Buddhist Society Scholarship in Buddhist Studies (Award #6728) 2017W
Chulthim Gurung Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (Award #1376) 2017W
Azalea Lee Andy and Julie SUN Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1314) 2017W
Wellage Chandima Silva Goel Scholarship in South Asian Studies 2017W
Casey Collins INTERNATIONAL Buddhist Society Graduate Scholarship (Award #6420) 2016W
Daniel Jacinto Rosa Wai Wai HO Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1321) 2016W
Di Chang Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289) 2016W
Douglas Ober INTERNATIONAL Buddhist Society Graduate Scholarship (Award #6420) 2016W
Emmett Chan Timothy Martin Canifield Memorial Scholarship (Award #1324) 2016W
Zeng Yang Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (Award #1376) 2016W
Evan Koike Dr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530) 2016W
Gurnoor Kang Goel Scholarship in South Asian Studiesÿ (Award #1203) 2016W
Jasmine Sandher Harcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273) 2016W
Joelle Lee CANADIAN Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388) 2016W
Julie Vig Asa Johal Fellowship in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #488) 2016W
Karl Ove Peder Gedda Joseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252) 2016W
Kazuhiko Imai The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2016W
May Farrales Dr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530) 2016W
Meng Wu Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289) 2016W
Miaoling Xue The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2016W
Mikayla Tinsley Mr. And Mrs. Tsutae Sato Memorial Scholarship (Award #1220) 2016W
Minoru Takano Velma T. and Lawrence G. Y. CHEN Graduate Award in AS (Award #6519) 2016W
Ranbir Johal Jaswant Berar and Sham Kour Berar Mem. Schol. (Award #1251) 2016W
Saeko Suzuki The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2016W
Shan Shan Zhao Bruno Petzold Memorial Scholarshipÿ (Award #1248) 2016W
Shota Iwasaki The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2016W
Tian Chen Canadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862) 2016W
Xiaoyi Ze William L. Holland Scholarship (Award #1112) 2016W
Ajay Bhardwaj Harcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273) 2015W
Benjamin Whaley The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2015W
Chole Yip Mr. And Mrs. Tsutae Sato Memorial Scholarship (Award #1220) 2015W
Clayton Ashton Canadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862) 2015W
Dana McCartney Dr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530) 2015W
Daniel Pieper Dr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530) 2015W
Haley Blum The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2015W
Jiaqi Hao Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289) 2015W
Jordan Galpin Rosa Wai Wai HO Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1321) 2015W
Jun Ki Choi Bruno Petzold Memorial Scholarshipÿ (Award #1248) 2015W
Lyndsay Bocchinfuso Timothy Martin Canifield Memorial Scholarship (Award #1324) 2015W
Sean Bussell The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2015W
Siyu Wei Gregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289) 2015W
Tanying Lu Goel Scholarship in South Asian Studiesÿ(Award #1203) 2015W
Timothy Bellefleur Joseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252) 2015W
Wayne Kreger UNIVERSAL Buddhist Temple Graduate Scholarship (Award #6410) 2015W
William Strausser CANADIAN Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388) 2015W
Yinzong Wei Chris Lin Memorial Scholarship (Award #1108) 2015W
Yuki Ohsawa The Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180) 2015W
Zeng Yang INTERNATIONAL Buddhist Society Graduate Scholarship (Award #6420) 2015W

Recipient Prize Year
Kiran Sunar Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1318) 2018W
William Scott Wells & Ali Khalaf Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206) 2017W
Peder Gedda Ajaib S. Sangha Book Prize (Award #1170) 2017W
Katarina Klafka Ogawa Kenji Mem. Prize in Japanese (Award #1235) 2017W
Jasmine Sandher Konarak Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1201) 2017W
Gurinderpal Mann Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1318) 2017W
Ajay Bhardwaj Konarak Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1201) 2016W
Azalea Lee Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206) 2016W
Charles Penwick Fung Hang Memorial Prize (Award #1208) 2016W
Dawn Doyoon Kim Nicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418) 2016W
Eunseon Kim Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206) 2016W
Jasmine Sandher Ajaib S. Sangha Book Prize (Award #1170) 2016W
Jeong Hoon Song Community Prize for Chinese (Award #1204) 2016W
Jinsung Kim The Mr. & Mrs. Sato Prize in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #1181) 2016W
Joelle Lee Canadian Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388) 2016W
Katarina Klafka Ogawa Kenji Mem. Prize in Japanese (Award #1235) 2016W
Kathryn Geddes Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1318) 2016W
Kiran Sunar Nicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418) 2016W
Lovneet Aujla August LarsonÿMem. Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1229) 2016W
Manpreet Khabra Malwa Brotherhood (Award #1288) 2016W
Shan Shan Zhao Peter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Award #180) 2016W
Sukhwinder Gill Attariwala/Dley Prize in Punjabi/Sikh Studies (Award #1245) 2016W
Zeng Yang C.K. Choi Prize in Buddhist Studies (Award #1260) 2016W
Arjin Toor August LarsonÿMem. Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1229) 2015W
Berk Demiral Universal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211) 2015W
Berk Zhu Fung Hang Memorial Prize (Award #1208) 2015W
Douglas Ober Community Prize for South Asian Studies (Award #1318) 2015W
Elsa Claire Camille Chanez Nicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418) 2015W
Emily Soule Community Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206) 2015W
Gurinderpal Mann Harmandeep Kaur Rai Memorial Prize (Award #1358) 2015W
Haley Blum Ogawa Kenji Mem. Prize in Japanese (Award #1235) 2015W
Hsien-Ya Chou The Mr. & Mrs. Sato Prize in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #1181) 2015W
Jordan Galpin Peter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Award #180) 2015W
Joshua Chan Community Prize for Chinese (Award #1204) 2015W
Monique Chiu Universal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211) 2015W
Navneet Aujla Malwa Brotherhood (Award #1288) 2015W
Stephanie Mar Universal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211) 2015W
Steven Yeung C.K. Choi Prize in Buddhist Studies (Award #1260) 2015W
Su-Yung Song Universal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211) 2015W
Tarni Kaur Attariwala/Dley Prize in Punjabi/Sikh Studies (Award #1245) 2015W
Timothy Bellefleur Konarak Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1201) 2015W
William Strausser Canadian Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388) 2015W
Yevheniy Vakhnenko Nicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418) 2015W

Application Instructions

Students may nominate themselves if they meet the requirements of a particular reward. To complete the nomination, students must submit a written request with their name, UBC student number, and the name of the award they are applying for, to the Department of Asian Studies.

Award winners are determined by a committee of faculty members and staff. Their decision is based on GPA, faculty recommendations, and other applicable areas of achievement. Awardees are informed before the end of the Fall term.

Nominations Deadline

The deadline for nominations is on May 15th.

For more information regarding minimum course requirements and eligibility for scholarships, awards, and prizes, visit the UBC Senate Regulations governing university awards.

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