Tuition & Funding

Awards & Scholarships

There are many awards available for graduate students. For a list of all external awards, visit the Graduate School Award Opportunities Database.

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. Those international applicants who have completed their September 2019 admission applications for the doctoral program by January 1, 2019 and have been nominated by a potential research supervisor will be considered for this award.

The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) consists of an annual stipend of $18,200 plus full tuition for 4 years. In addition, the nominating supervisor will offer a minimum top-up award of $4,000 to FYF award holders for a total award package of $22,000 plus full tuition. The award is open to both international and domestic PhD applicants.

Those international applicants who have completed their September 2019 admission applications for the doctoral program by January 1, 2019 and have been nominated by a potential research supervisor will be considered for this fellowship.

OVERVIEW: This one-time award is granted to top-ranked incoming PhD students, or top-ranked PhD students in the first year of their program in SBME. The amount of the award each year will depend on several factors, including the availability of funds.

ELIGIBILITY: Incoming PhD students, and students who have transferred into the PhD program from MASc program. The research supervisor must be SBME core faculty, joint appointed, or Associate member.

WHEN: Announcements will be circulated before the end of August.

WHAT: NSERC Doctoral Award Competition

WHO: Canadians and Permanent Residents (Some restrictions may apply based on months in program. Those who are not eligible may apply for Affiliated Awards).

WHEN: All applications (including references) must be received by awards@bme.ubc.ca by 24 September, 2018 at 11:59pm.

PROCESS:

There are three adjudication stages in the NSERC Scholarship process: Departmental, University, and NSERC.

  1. You will submit your application to the School - the School's Awards Committee will rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the School's quota is filled) to the University.
  2. The University's Graduate Scholarship Committee(s) will rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the University's quota is filled) to NSERC.
  3. NSERC's Scholarship Committee(s) will rank applications and inform the University as to which applications have been funded.

Please note that all students who submit an application to the NSERC Scholarship Competition are automatically considered in the Affiliated Scholarship Competition.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Prepare your application [BUT DON'T CLICK SUBMIT]
    Visit the NSERC website and create an application. Please ensure that you complete all sections per the instructions on the NSERC website. We suggest that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues. Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal
    REGARDING TRANSCRIPTS: The NSERC application will ask for an institutional contact and email address for your transcripts. Please enter: Michelle Lee awards@bme.ubc.ca.
    REGARDING REFERENCES: The NSERC application will ask for your referee names and their email addresses.  Your referees will submit directly to NSERC.  Be sure to follow up with your referees to ensure that they submit the documents by the Department deadline of September 24th, 2018, 11:59pm. NSERC will forward the referee letters to the University who, in turn, will forward them to the Department for the Department Scholarship Committee's use.
    REGARDING AFFILIATED SCHOLARSHIPS: To be considered for CRITERIA BASED AFFILIATED AWARDS, please complete the Affiliated Fellowship Checklist portion of the application.
    VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT on the NSERC website. You can only submit once and there may be corrections/modifications suggested by either the School or University Scholarship Committees (or support staff).  WE WILL NOTIFY YOU LATER WHEN TO CLICK SUBMIT.
  2. Send your application to the School
    1. Save the NSERC application as a PDF document by clicking "Preview" [DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT].
    2. Save the Affiliated Fellowship checklist as PDF.
    3. Save a PDF version of your official transcripts.
    4. Combine all three files into one PDF in the following order:
      1. NSERC Application
      2. Affiliated Fellowship Checklist
      3. Transcripts (in order, starting with the most recent transcript)
  3. Email the consolidated PDF file with the file name "<Last Name>, <First Name> - 2018W Affiliated Application" to awards@bme.ubc.ca, with your full name, student number, and award name in the body of the email and use the following format as the subject line:
    "2018W NSERC Application - <NAME>"
  4. Submit original transcripts in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s) to the SBME Administrative Office (BRC 251) if you have not already confirmed that SBME has usable transcripts on file. Mark the envelopes with your name and student number. Staff will upload your transcripts to NSERC for their use.  Please note that you must submit transcripts for all the post-secondary institutions (including colleges) that you have attended other than UBC.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

WHAT: CIHR PhD Award Competition

Institutional e-Approval for CIHR Doctoral Research Award is obtained from the Office of Research Services (ORS). Detailed requirements and e-submission procedures are available online at: https://ors.ubc.ca/proposal-development-submission/agency-application-requirements-procedures

WHO: Canadians and Permanent Residents (Some restrictions may apply based on months in program. Those who are not eligible may apply for Affiliated Awards).

WHEN:

UBC Internal Deadline: 8:30am on Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Applicant's e-submission deadline: 8:30am on Monday, 1 October 2018

IMPORTANT LINKS:

WHAT: CIHR/NSERC Master's Award Competition

WHO: Canadians and Permanent Residents (Some restrictions may apply based on months in program. See [1] for details. Those who are not eligible may be eligible to apply for Affiliated Awards).

WHEN: The deadline to submit to NSERC is December 3, 2018.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

[1] http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/Instructions-Instructions/CGS_M-BESC_M_eng.asp
[2] http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsm-bescm_eng.asp
[3] https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-masters-program
[4] https://www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/affiliated-fellowships-application-form-applicants-masters-level-funding

Please note that all students who submit an application to the CIHR/NSERC Scholarship Competition are automatically considered in the Affiliated Scholarship Competition, however, they must submit the affiliated scholarship application and submit it to the office. MASc students will not be eligible if they have completed 24 months in the program on April 30, 2019.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Prepare your application. Visit the NSERC website [2] and create an application. Please ensure that you complete all the sections per the instructions on the NSERC website. We suggest that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues. Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that the reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal.
    VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT on the NSERC website until you are certain that your application is complete and accurate as you will not be able to make any changes after you submit your application.
    REGARDING TRANSCRIPTS: Students are responsible for uploading their own transcripts to NSERC. Please note that you must include transcripts for all post-secondary institutions you have attended, and that scans must be from official transcripts. More details regarding transcript requirements can be found on the NSERC website.
    REGARDING REFERENCES: The NSERC application will ask for two referee names and their email addresses. Your referees will submit directly to NSERC. NSERC will forward the referee letters to the University who, in turn, will forward them to the Department for the Department Scholarship Committee's use.
    REGARDING AFFILIATED SCHOLARSHIPS: For CRITERIA BASED AFFILIATED AWARDS, fill out page 1 and pages 3-6 of the Affiliated Fellowship Application.
  2. Email the Criteria-based Affiliated form as a PDF form with the file name “LastName_FirstName_2018W Affiliated Application” to awards@bme.ubc.ca by 4pm on December 3, 2018 with the subject line:
    “2018W Affiliated Application - <NAME>” i.e. “2018W Affiliated Application – Jane Doe”
  3. Apply for the BME program by January 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.

WHAT: Doctoral-level Affiliated Competition

WHO: Canadians, Permanent Residents and International Students

WHEN: All applications (including references) have to be received by the department by September 23, 2018, 11:59pm.

WHAT: Master-level Affiliated Competition

WHO: Canadians, Permanent Residents and International Students

WHEN: All applications (including references) have to be received by the department by December 3, 2018, 4:00pm.

IMPORTANT LINKS

[1] https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-masters-program
[2] https://www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/affiliated-fellowships-application-form-applicants-masters-level-funding

PROCEDURE:

Prepare your application

  1. Visit the G+PS website [1] and create an application. Please ensure that you complete all the sections as indicated by the instructions on the application instructions. We suggest that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues. Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that the reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal.When ready to provide your application to the Department, do the following:
    (A) Save the Affiliated application as a PDF document. Save a PDF version of your official transcript. Concentrate the scans for all your original transcripts (in order, starting with the most recent transcript) and the affiliated application form into one PDF file, and use a file name of the following format:"LastName_FirstName_AffiliatedApplication.pdf" For example, "Doe_Jane_AffiliatedApplication.pdf"
    (B) Email the completed files to awards@bme.ubc.ca with the subject line: 2018W Affiliated Application - <NAME>" For example, "2018W AFFILIATED APPLICATION - Jane Doe".
  2. Submit original transcripts in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s) to the School of Biomedical Engineering Administration Services Office (BRC 251) if you have not already confirmed that BME has usable transcripts on file. Mark the envelope with your name and student number. Staff will submit them to the University for their use. Please note that you must submit transcripts for all the post-secondary institutions (including colleges) that you have attended other than UBC.
  3. Arrange for your 2 referees to complete the Affiliated Fellowship Reference Form [2]. Please instruct your referees to submit references by email to awards@bme.ubc.ca by the Department deadline of December 3, 2018, 4:00pm. Please also remind your referees to sign the form before submitting.
  4. Apply for the BME program by January 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.

WHAT: Vanier Scholarship

WHO: Canadians, Permanent Residents and International Students. You are eligible to apply if you have been in the doctoral program for less than 20 months as of May 1, 2019. Masters students who plan to start the PhD program at UBC in 2019 are also elegible to apply.

WHEN: The deadline for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship competition has been set to 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on September 6, 2018.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Vanier Scholarship program information: www.vanier.gc.ca.
UBC-specific application/nomination procedures: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/vanier-scholarship.
If you plan to apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, please start collecting the required supporting material now as the deadlines are relatively tight. In your application, please make sure that you carefully address the selection criteria for these scholarships (http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/nomination_process-processus_de_mise_en_candi...).
PROCEDURE:
  1. Prepare your application and send through ResearchNet (http://www.researchnet.ca/).
  2. Submit official transcript for all post-secondary studies (up to August 31, 2018) to the administration office (BRC 257) by 4pm on September 6, 2018. Please email awards@bme.ubc.ca by August 30, 2018 if you want to use transcripts from your student/application file and we will confirm if they are usable or not. UBC transcripts do not need to be submitted.
  3. Email awards@bme.ubc.ca by September 6, 2018 to declare your intention to apply. Please use a subject line of the following format:
    "2018 Vanier Application - <NAME>"

OVERVIEW:

Biomedical Engineering graduate students (MASc and PhD candidates) supervised by full, joint, or associate School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) Faculty Member can apply for funding to implement workshops related to knowledge mobilization, professional development and other related activities. Each initiative must be open to all trainees in SBME.

There is a limit of one submission per trainee in each academic year. Please complete and submit the following form to the SBME Administrative Office at awards@bme.ubc.ca. Each application will be reviewed and a decision communicated within one month of submission. Applicants may be asked to provide further justification before proposal is approved.

Approved initiatives will be eligible for a maximum of $2,000. Reimbursement guidelines will comply with University of British Columbia policies.

ELIGIBILITY:

MASc/PhD candidates in the Biomedical Engineering program supervised by full, joint, or associate SBME Faculty Member.

Limit of one submission per trainee in each academic year.

PROCEDURE:

Submit the application form linked below as a PDF with the file name "Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization Fund - <NAME>" to awards@bme.ubc.ca.

Use the following format as the subject line:
"Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization Fund - <NAME>"

IMPORTANT LINKS:

OVERVIEW:

Biomedical Engineering graduate students (MASc and PhD candidates) supervised by a full, joint, or associate School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) Faculty Member can apply for travel support to attend national and international conferences.

There is a limit of one submission per trainee in each academic year. Please complete and submit the following form to SBME Administrative Office at awards@bme.ubc.ca. Each application will be reviewed and a decision communicated within one month of submission.

Funds of up to $1,500 (travel, accommodation, registration and meals) are available. Reimbursement guidelines will comply with University of British Columbia policies. It is expected that applicants will also apply and if awarded exhaust the UBC Graduate Student Travel Fund first: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/graduate-student-travel-fund.

Successful applicants must recognize the SBME in their oral presentation or poster board. In addition, successful applications will be required to present their project through a poster or presentation at the Annual SBME Symposium.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • MASc/PhD candidates in the Biomedical Engineering program supervised by full, joint, or associate SBME Faculty Member.
  • Applications must be submitted 4 weeks in advance of conference date.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES:

PROCEDURE:

Submit the following as a combined PDF with the file name "Travel Award - <NAME>" in the following order to awards@bme.ubc.ca:

  • Application form (linked below)
  • Conference confirmation
  • Letter of Support from Supervisor
  • Official confirm of UBC Graduate Student Fund Award

Use the following format as the subject line:
"Travel Award - <NAME>"

Applications must be sent at least 4 weeks in advance of conference date.

IMPORTANT LINKS

OVERVIEW:

A $1,400 award has been endowed by B.C. Medical Devices Association for a graduate student entering the School of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculties of Applied Science and Medicine. Preference is given to a student with an entrepreneurial spirit, an interest in the local biomedical engineering industry and demonstrated leadership and communication skills. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

WHEN: All applications must be received by awards@bme.ubc.ca by Thursday, 27 September, 2018 at 4:00pm.

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to MASc/PhD students entering the School of Biomedical Engineering in September 2018. Must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Complete the application form (linked below)
  2. Combine the application form and a copy of your resume/CV as a PDF using the following format as the file name: "2018W BC MEDTECH Application - <NAME>"
  3. Email the PDF file to awards@bme.ubc.ca by Thursday, 27 September, 2018 at 4:00pm. Use the following format as the subject line:
    "2018W BC MEDTECH Application - <NAME>"

IMPORTANT LINKS:

For more information about Awards & Scholarships, please contact awards@bme.ubc.ca.

Research Assistantships

The majority of graduate students in the department are offered research assistantships (RAs) by faculty members. RAs may be held in conjunction with Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and some scholarships. Although you will automatically be considered for an RA when submitting your online application, to successfully secure an RA appointment you are encouraged to make contact with a research supervisor. The number of RA’s offered will vary depending on lab and research space as well as available funding. Please note that RA’s are only available to MASc and Phd’s.

View available Research Assistant placements for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Teaching Assistantships

Each year, our program hires a limited number of Teaching Assistants to support its undergraduate and graduate courses. All graduate students may apply for a TA position and a separate application must be submitted in order to be considered for the position. To see more information, please click here to be taken to the online application form. Successful applicants will be contacted with further details during the summer (typically June-August).

Tuition

Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies website for the most current information about tuition fees for students.

All graduate students at UBC are required to pay student fees which help cover costs of resources available to students.