Funding

We aim to support all of our graduate students, with the vast majority receiving funding. Well qualified PhD applicants (with a completed MA) receive approximately $25,000 per year over four years (including scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships; contingent upon academic performance), with exceptional students receiving over $40,000 per year.  Typical support for MA students is around $16,000 per year for two years (contingent upon academic performance).

All graduate students are expected to apply for any of the major awards (listed below) for which they are eligible. CNERS has an excellent record of success in these competitions and will provide assistance in preparing applications.

The below information is current as of September, 2018. 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 Assistantships

Full TAship: 12 hours/week, approximately $11 500 (MA) or $12 000 (PhD) per year.

An average TAship for incoming students is 12 hours/week for one term, or half of the above salaries.

Major UBC and Department Awards
(Over $15,000)

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.

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.

Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships ($8 500 to $10 500)
Open to graduates of Canadian universities. Applications are due in early February for the following academic year.

Other UBC Awards
(Up to $10 000)

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 (amounts vary)
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 (amounts vary)
By application to the Department in February.

Homer Armstrong Thompson Travel Scholarship (amounts vary)
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 (up to $500)
By application to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Additional Awards
(Under $2000)

Malcolm F. McGregor Memorial Scholarship (amounts vary)
For students studying in Classics or Classical Archaeology. No application required. Administered by the department.

Graduate student international research mobility award

Various awards and bursaries administered through Student Financial Assistance & Awards