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Financial Support

Summary
For incoming students, our financial support includes tuition plus $30,000 per year for the first five years of the PhD Program, assuming that the student maintains satisfactory progress in the PhD program.

In addition to the $30,000 support, tuition fees are covered for the first five years.  The financial support of $30,000 per year is typically arranged in the following way:

First Year
$20,000 fellowship plus a summer research assistantship of $10,000.

Second Year
$20,000 research assistantship during the academic year plus a summer research assistantship of $10,000.

Third Year to Fifth Year
$20,000 combination of research assistantship and/or teaching assistantship during the academic year plus a summer research assistantship of $10,000.

Doctoral students are expected to be in residence year-round. For academic reasons, outside employment is discouraged. Course work, research papers, seminars, and summer research projects are all challenging and time-consuming.

Early application for admission to the doctoral program significantly increases opportunities for financial assistance.

For further information
Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Office
UBC Office of Awards and Financial Aid


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council Funding
The Government of Canada, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), offers substantial fellowships to assist Canadian research and scholarship. The awards are made on a competitive basis to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants. Nominations for SSHRC and NSERC Fellowships are solicited directly from the Faculty in September for the following year.

International students should contact their home university's awards office for information on fellowships and scholarships.