Tuition & Funding

Awards & Scholarships

Deadlines

AwardDegrees EligibleDeadline
Affiliated (PHD)PHD15 September 2020 at 12:00PM PDT
Affiliated (MASC)MASC1 December 2020 at 5:00PM PDT
BC MEDTECHPHD, MASC29 October 2020 at 4:00PM PDT
CGS-DPHD15 September 2020 at 12:00PM PDT
CGS-MMASC1 December 2020 at 5:00PM PDT
Four Year FellowshipPHDApply to the PHD program by 1 January to be considered.
Nominations submitted by supervisors
Graduate Support Initiative – Entrance AwardPHDNo application
SBME Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization FundPHD, MASCOngoing
SBME Travel AwardPHD, MASCOngoing
VanierPHD3 September 2020 at 12:00PM PDT

PHD

Four Year Fellowship

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.

Applicants who have completed their September 2021 admission applications for the doctoral program by January 1, 2021 and have been nominated by a potential research supervisor will be considered for this fellowship.

Graduate Support Initiative – Entrance Award

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.

CGS-D: NSERC Scholarships

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 submitted through the Online application system by 15 September, 2020 at 12:00 PM (PDT).

PROCESS:

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

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.
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.
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.

Online application system | application instructions

PROCEDURE:

Prepare your application
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. To confirm that the SBME Student Services office has your transcripts on file, email awards@bme.ubc.ca by 1 September 2020. Once it has been confirmed, you may list: Andrea Parkinson 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 15 September 2020, 12:00pm (PDT). 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. You will not be able to submit your application if references are missing.
REGARDING AFFILIATED SCHOLARSHIPS: To be considered for CRITERIA BASED AFFILIATED AWARDS, please complete the Affiliated Fellowship Checklist portion of the application.
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. NSERC has indicated that they will accept unofficial transcripts temporarily. Applicants should order and submit their up-to-date, official transcripts as soon as they are available, and preferably by the 15 September 2020 application deadline. We will permit applicants to provide official transcripts up to 6 November 2020. In cases where an official transcript is delayed, a scan of an official transcript must be submitted in its place by the 15 September 2020 application deadline. This exception applies to NSERC applicants only. Applicants are responsible to confirm with their graduate program which transcripts need to be provided by the student and which transcripts the graduate program already has on file to be uploaded.
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM BY THE DEADLINE
On ‘Portfolio’ page, click “Verify”. This step will indicate if there are any incomplete sections in the application. Then, click “Submit”.
The system will not allow the application to be submitted until both references (“Reports on the Applicant”) are submitted. It is the applicants responsibility to check in with their referees in advance of the application deadline if references are missing. Late references will not be accepted.
Note: The NSERC system is not able to list UBC’s application deadline, but the date and time of submission is recorded (i.e., every application is time-stamped). To be eligible, applicants are required to submit their application in the system by September 15 at 12:00 noon PDT.
Once you have submitted your application, Email awards@bme.ubc.ca to confirm that you have applied to the NSERC, with your full name, student number, and award name in the body of the email and use the following format as the subject line:
“2020W NSERC Application – <NAME>”

IMPORTANT LINKS:

CGS-D: CIHR Scholarships

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

 ResearchNet | application instructions

PROCEDURE

  1. Apply directly to CIHR via ResearchNet by 12:00 PM on 15 September 2020
    CIHR’s e-approval process requires UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) to electronically approve applications via ResearchNet after the Nominated Principal Applicant has submitted the application. For detailed requirements and e-submission procedures, please visit the Office of Research Services website.
    1. On the task list page, go to “Consent and Submit” and click on “Submit to Research Institution”.
    2. The system will not allow the application to be submitted until both references are submitted.  It is the applicants responsibility to check in with their referees (“sponsors”) in advance of the application deadline if references are missing. Late references will not be accepted.
    3. ResearchNet will not permit the application to be submitted if UBC’s application deadline of September 15 at 12:00 noon PDT has passed.
  2. Once you have submitted your application, Email awards@bme.ubc.ca to confirm that you have applied to the CIHR, with your full name, student number, and award name in the body of the email and use the following format as the subject line:
    “2020W CIHR Application – <NAME>”

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: 12:00pm (PDT) on 15 September 2020

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Affiliated Fellowships (PHD)

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 15 September 2020 12:00 PM (PDT).

IMPORTANT LINKS

[1] https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-doctoral-program

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

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, 2021. Masters students who plan to start the PhD program at UBC in 2020 are also eligible to apply.

WHEN: The deadline for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship competition has been set to 12:00 PM (Vancouver time) on September 3, 2020.

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, 2020) to awards@bme.ubc.ca by 12pm on September 3, 2020. Please email awards@bme.ubc.ca by August 20, 2020 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 3, 2020 to declare your intention to apply. Please use a subject line of the following format:
    “2020 Vanier Application – <NAME>”

SBME Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization Fund

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>”

SBME Travel Award

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 (SBME) program supervised by full, joint, or associate SBME Faculty Member.
  • Applications must be submitted 4 weeks in advance of conference date.
  • Student must be presenting a paper, poster, or oral presentation at the conference.
  • Students must be registered as UBC MASc/PhD SBME students during proposed time of travel.

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.

BC MEDTECH Award

OVERVIEW:

A $1,500 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, 29 October, 2020 at 4:00pm.

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to MASc/PhD students who entered the School of Biomedical Engineering in January 2020 or later. 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 single PDF using the following format as the file name: “2020W BC MEDTECH Application – <NAME>”
  3. Email the PDF file to awards@bme.ubc.ca by Thursday, 29 October, 2020 at 4:00pm. Use the following format as the subject line:
    “2020W BC MEDTECH Application – <NAME>”

MASC

CGS-M: CIHR/NSERC

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 CIHR/NSERC is December 1, 2020.

To be considered for this award, students must submit an online application with all required supporting documents to both of the NSERC website and UBC application portal by December 1, 2020. Prospective students are responsible to upload all of their transcripts, as well as completing the final step of application submission.

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, 2021.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Prepare your application.
    Visit the CIHR/NSERC website [2] and create an application. Please ensure that you complete all the sections per the instructions on the CIHR/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. Contact awards@bme.ubc.ca to see if we have official copies of your transcripts on file by Monday, November 9, 2020.

    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. Submit your Criteria-based Affiliated form
    Email the form as a PDF with the file name “LastName_FirstName_2020WAffiliatedApplication” to awards@bme.ubc.ca by 5:00 pm PST on 1 December 2020 with the subject line:
    “2020W Affiliated Application – <NAME>” i.e. “2020W Affiliated Application – Jane Doe”
  3. Submit your application to the CIHR/NSERC Websites by 5:00 pm PST on 1 December 2020

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • CGSM applications cannot be submitted or edited after the application deadline. The portal has crashed around the deadline a couple of years ago because too many students were submitting at the last minute. Submitting earlier (even on the day) will help.
  • Ask for reference letters early and send the instructions to their referees http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/Instructions-Instructions/CGSM_REF-BESCM_REF_eng.asp
  • Order official transcripts for all previous studies (including transfer credits). If we have up-to-date official transcripts for you on file, contact awards@bme.ubc.ca by 9th November for a PDF copy. Keep in mind:
    • UBC transcripts are required for students who had any studies at UBC before 1 December 2020, including September 2020 starts.
    • They can accept printouts of Academic History from SISC in place of official UBC transcripts
    • They cannot accept any other unofficial transcripts
    • Note that the SISC academic history may not be accepted by other universities in Canada, so students applying elsewhere should order UBC transcripts
  • Please use the same email as your portal login as in eVision or SIS. This is absolutely not a requirement, but it helps route the applications to correct programs quicker.
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Affiliated Fellowship (MASC)

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 TBD.

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:

  1. Visit the G+PS website 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.

    REGARDING TRANSCRIPTS: Contact awards@bme.ubc.ca to see if we have official copies of your transcripts on file by Monday, November 9, 2020. If we do not have copies of your transcript, you are responsible for providing official, up-to-date transcripts. Please note that you must submit transcripts for all the post-secondary institutions (including colleges) that you have attended other than UBC.
  2. Confirm your references
    Arrange for your 2 referees to complete the Affiliated Fellowship Reference Form [2]. Please instruct your referees to submit references directly by email to awards@bme.ubc.ca by the Department deadline of 5:00 pm PST on Tuesday, 1 December 2020. Please also remind your referees to sign the form before submitting.
  3. Submit your application
    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. Combine the scans for all your original transcripts (in order, starting with the most recent transcript) and the affiliated application form into a single consolidated PDF file, and use a file name of the following format:”LastName_FirstName_2020WAffiliatedApplication.pdf” For example, “Doe_Jane_2020WAffiliatedApplication.pdf”
    (B) Email the completed file to awards@bme.ubc.ca with the subject line: 2020W Affiliated Application – <NAME>” For example, “2020W AFFILIATED APPLICATION – Jane Doe”.

SBME Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization Fund

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>”

SBME Travel Award

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 (SBME) program supervised by full, joint, or associate SBME Faculty Member.
  • Applications must be submitted 4 weeks in advance of conference date.
  • Student must be presenting a paper, poster, or oral presentation at the conference.
  • Students must be registered as UBC MASc/PhD SBME students during proposed time of travel.

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.

BC MEDTECH Award

OVERVIEW:

A $1,500 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, 29 October, 2020 at 4:00pm.

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to MASc/PhD students who entered the School of Biomedical Engineering in January 2020 or later. 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 single PDF using the following format as the file name: “2020W BC MEDTECH Application – <NAME>”
  3. Email the PDF file to awards@bme.ubc.ca by Thursday, 29 October, 2020 at 4:00pm. Use the following format as the subject line:
    “2020W BC MEDTECH Application – <NAME>”

Contact Us

Questions? Email 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.

For students without scholarships or external funding, minimum stipends for nominal periods are provided to graduate students by their supervisors, subject to satisfactory annual performance and progress and availability of research funds. Beyond the nominal timeframe, student stipends are determined by the supervisor(s).

ProgramMinimum Funding Duration From Program StartMinimum Funding Amount
MASC2 Years$21,000/year
PHD4 Years$23,000/year

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.


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.