Financial Support


The cost of living in Vancouver is very high.  To help offset this all Graduate Students receive a mandatory minimum stipend of $26,000 per year from their Supervisor’s funds plus $2,000 from the Program (GES/GSI) for an overall stipend of $28,000 per year with no TAing. As of 2024 the average take-home (stipend +awards, not including GSI) for our students was just over $32K with a median of $30K. Salary support may also be available through competitive scholarships and awards:
Four Year Fellowship

UBC has a multi-year program supporting top Domestic and International students with $18,200 a year PLUS tuition. For more information please visit

Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards

All students who qualify for the GSI are currently receiving $2,000 annually.

Eligibility includes:
  • student does not have other major awards or a Four Year Fellowship. A major award is $35,000 or more annually;
  • student is not in receipt of a stipend of $35,000 or more, or a combination of stipend and award of $35,000 or more annually.
  • student is in either the first two years of their MSc program or the first five years of their PhD program;
The funding will not be offered to students who:
  • receive the Graduate Entrance Scholarship;
  • receive full external tuition support;
  • miss the Annual Supervisory Committee meeting by cut-off date without permission of the Graduate Advisor;
  • do not present in year 1 at PATH Day.
  • do not send the Annual Supervisory Committee meeting documents to their committee 4 days or more in advance of their meeting.

For information, please visit

Graduate Entrance Scholarships (GES)

Each incoming student who achieves the minimum academic standard for acceptance into UBC set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and who does not already receive full tuition support, will receive an Entrance Scholarship to cover a portion of their first year tuition fees.  This amount is currently $2,000.

International Tuition Award

The International Tuition Award assist international students with their tuition fees. For information, please visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website at

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Funding Programs

These include:

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Master’s – $17,500 per annum for one year
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral – $35,000 per annum for up to three years
  • Doctoral Research Awards – $22,000 per annum for up to three years

For a comprehensive listing of awards available, both internal and external please visit: and

The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is a scholarship-funding and research training program linking the University of British Columbia’s faculties of medicine, engineering and interdisciplinary studies. Qualifying students can receive $18,000 for one year of the MSc studies or $21,000 for one year of their PhD studies. Please see for more information.