We recognize the importance of financial support to academic success and are committed to funding all of our graduate students. MA students are typically offered 20 months of funding and PhD students are offered a minimum of four years of funding. All applicants, domestic and international, are automatically considered for funding as part of the application process.
Funding packages consist of a combination of scholarships and employment, usually in the form of teaching assistantships and, when available, research assistantships.
Approximately one-half to two-thirds of a funding package offered on admission will consist of scholarships. Scholarship funding comes either from internal funding allocated by the Department or from external awards won by application or departmental nomination. We are usually able to offer one or two Four Year Fellowships to PhD applicants.
All eligible international students receive an International Tuition Award for the duration of their program that reduces the amount of their tuition to approximately the domestic rate.
Beyond the first year of their programs, our students have been successful in obtaining major financial awards such as the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s, SSHRC CGS Doctoral and the UBC Killam Doctoral Fellowship.
In addition, students are eligible for funding from the Graduate Travel Fund and the department is typically able to fund at least one research trip per graduate career.
See the list of awards below for more detailed information.
Approximately one-third to one-quarter of a funding package offered on admission will consist of income as a teaching assistant for one or more the Department’s undergraduate courses. Teaching assistantships are an integral part of the graduate student experience through which students have the opportunity to hone their expertise in an area or learn about new topics and to develop strong organizational, communication, and instructional skills.
We regularly run a TA Training program, through which students gain valuable skills that are applicable to teaching, academic success, and professional development within and beyond the academy. We have also been able to offer free registration in UBC’s Instructional Skills Workshop to two or three students each year.
Research Assistantships and Other Employment
Many of our faculty hold grants which allow them to hire qualified graduate students as research assistants.
In some years the Department hires graduate students to provide administrative assistance, such as for the TA Training Program and the Graduate Reading Room.
We understand the importance of teaching experience for our doctoral students. In additional to gaining experience as a TA, students are encouraged to take advantage of the many instructional development opportunities offered through the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology.
Total funding is always taken into consideration when hiring graduate students. PhD students in their fifth year who are making good progress on their dissertations are often the first to be considered for employment.
Advanced studies in the Humanities can be very intellectually and professionally rewarding, but a graduate degree, funded or not, is a considerable financial commitment. Although we provide generous and competitive funding packages, prospective students should consider costs of living and budget carefully.
Additionally, it is important that students reliant on funding are confident in their ability to complete program requirements in a timely fashion, as we are not able to provide funding for students who extend their programs beyond the expected completion time.
Visit Student Services for advice on financial planning.
The below information is current as of June, 2021. For the most up-to-date information on awards and funding, please consult the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or contact the Department.
Teaching Assistants are paid the pay rates set by CUPE 2278, the labour union representing TAs at UBC. The salary for a full TAship (12 hours/week for two terms) is approximately $12 700 (MA) or $13 200 (PhD) per year. An average TAship for incoming students is for one term, equaling half of the above salaries.
The wage for RAs and administrative jobs is determined by the supervisor.
Major UBC and Department Awards
Graduate Fellowships (amounts vary)
Open to domestic and international students. No separate application required, all students are automatically considered.
Four Year Doctoral Fellowships ($18 200 per year for up to 4 years plus tuition waiver)
Open to domestic and international students. All PhD applicants are automatically considered for the 4YF. No separate application required.
UBC Affiliated Fellowships: Doctoral and Master’s (up to $30 000 a year)
Open to domestic and international students. Domestic students who apply for Tri-Council funding are automatically considered. International students must apply directly to the department by mid-September (doctoral) or December 1 (Master’s).
Killam Doctoral Fellowships ($30 000 a year for up to 2 years plus tuition waiver)
Open to domestic and international students. Students who apply for a Tri-Council doctoral scholarships (SSHRC Doctoral and SSHRC CGS) or UBC Affiliated Fellowships are automatically considered for the Killam. CNERS currently has two Killam award holders.
David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship (amounts vary)
Open to domestic and international students. For students studying topics in religion. Administered by the department. No separate application required.
Diversity Fund (amounts vary)
The CNERS department has committed funding to support MA and PhD students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in our fields. Prospective graduate students who identify as Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour may apply for this fund as part of their admissions application. Depending on available funding, admitted students may receive up to $5,000 per year as a top-up to their funding packages.
Major External Awards
Vanier Scholarship ($50 000 a year for up to 3 years)
Open to domestic and international doctoral students. Applications are due to the Department in early September.
Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s ($17 500 for one year)
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Applications are due December 1 for the following academic year. Applications are made directly through the Tri-Council Research Portal. The best applications are nominated by the Department for consideration at the next round of adjudication.
SSHRC Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral ($20 000 per year for up to 4 years plus tuition waiver or $35 000 per year for up to 3 years)
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. A single application for both the Doctoral Fellowship and the Canada Graduate Scholarship awards is due directly to the Department in mid-September for the following academic year. The best applications are nominated by the Department for consideration at the next round of adjudication.
Other UBC Awards
International Tuition Award (approx. $3 200 per year)
All accepted international applicants typically receive an International Tuition Award every year. This award reduces international tuition to approximately the same as domestic tuition.
Scholarships for exchange students
No separate application required.
Research and Conference Travel Awards
The Department is committed to funding graduate student travel to conduct research, fieldwork, and/or attend conferences. Typically we are able to fund at least one research trip or conference per graduate career.
Dennis Molnar Graduate Student Travel Scholarship
By application to the Department in February.
Homer Armstrong Thompson Travel Scholarship
By application to the Department in February.
Departmental Travel Fund
By application to the Department in February. Funds will be reimbursed after travel is completed.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Graduate Student Travel Fund
By application to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Malcolm F. McGregor Memorial Scholarship (amounts vary)
For students studying in Classics or Classical Archaeology. No application required. Administered by the department.
Doctoral students on an extended degree completion timeline may apply for dissertation completion support to cover tuition costs.
Various awards and bursaries administered through Student Financial Assistance & Awards