Finances

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is the comprehensive and authoritative resource regarding graduate student tuition and fees.

 

Tuition and fees are billed in three installments per year, corresponding to the start of Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and the Summer Term. Tuition is paid online prior to the start of the term at the UBC Student Service Centre.

 

The following tables indicate the tuition fees paid by EOAS graduate students. Rates are subject to change.

Doctoral Students

2015/2016 Tuition fees

Years in Program Domestic International
First Four Years Tuition covered by an automatically awarded scholarship.
Student fees still apply.

Tuition covered by an automatically awarded scholarship.
Student fees still apply.

Fifth to End of Sixth Year $2,109 per year $4,800 per year

 

MSc and MASc Students

2015/2016 Tuition fees

Years in Program Domestic International
First Two Years $4,616 per year $4,800 per year
Third to Fifth Year $2,109 per year $4,800 per year

 

MEng Students

2015/2016 Tuition fees

Years in Program Domestic International
First Two Years $5,500 per year $17,816 per year
Third to Fifth Year $2,109 per year $17,816 per year

Minimum Funding

All thesis based graduate students are offered stipends based on thier level of study as follows:
  • Master's: minimum $21,536.00 CAD/year guaranteed for the first two years.
  • PhD: tuition fee coverage and $21,240 CAD/year guaranteed for four years.

Funds for stipends are generally a combination of your supervisor's research account and money earned through teaching assistantship. Stipend levels are subject to change depending on any external scholarships held.

Non-thesis students are not eligible for these stipends or any of the following competitive awards.

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate students are hired to help teach undergraduate courses. TAships are open to all admitted students and are advertised via email prior to the start of each term. Masters students earn $30.30/hour and PhD students $31.49/hour (figures valid until end of August 2017).

Awards

The awards listed below are the main sources of non-stipend funding for EOAS students. Your supervisor will also bring your attention to relevant funding sources. Scholarships (merit-based) and bursaries (need-based) are also available.

Four Year Fellowships

Eligibility:  PhD students
The department offers a small number of Four Year Fellowships (FYF) to outstanding doctoral students worth $18,200 per year with free tuition coverage. Preference is given to incoming applicants but current students are eligible. Nominations for the award are made by a prospective or current supervisor.

Department Awards

Eligibility: All graduate students
Every year the department awards around $40,000 in graduate scholarships from our endowed funds. These include both of entrance scholarships and awards for current students. Department awards are granted based on nomination by a faculty member. Calls for these awards are distributed by e-mail during the academic year.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Eligibility: Canadian citizen and permanent residents
Value: $17,500 for a Masters student and $21,000 or $35,000 for a PhD
NSERC is the federal agency for funding research in the natural sciences and engineering. The main competition is open to domestic (Canadian citizen and permanent resident) applicants only. The next departmental competition will held in September. Domestic and international Students can also apply for a NSERC Industrial scholarship, which has a rolling deadline.

Affiliated Fellowships

Eligibility: All graduate students
Value: Most awards are worth $16,000 - $17,000 a year
These are a collection of awards held by UBC which are supported by private donors. Anyone who applies for a NSERC award is automatically considered for an Affiliated award. Application is in September of each year,

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Eligibility: PhD students
Value: $50,000 a year for up to two years.
Prestigious scholarship awarded to 60 individuals across Canada each year. Students can apply through ResearchNet. Application is in September of each year.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Eligibility: All graduate students
Value: $300 for a masters student and $600 for a PhD.
The Graduate Student Travel Fund provides support for conference travel and expenses. An additional award of $500 (sponsored by Chevron) is available to students presenting an abstract or poster at CSEG or SEG conferences.

Conditions

Only claimable for conference attended within first two (Master's) or four (PhD) years of program.

  • If a student transfers from the masters to the PhD program they can claim both the $300 and $600 awards.
  • Completed claims must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator for processing within three months of incurring the expense.
  • Claims will not be accepted from students who are no longer registered or on leave of absence.
  • Eligible expenses include
    • travel (economy airfare or other public transport, vehicle rental, or mileage at approved rates
    • accommodation
    • conference registration
    • meals
  • For the Chevron Award please attach notice of acceptance of abstract/poster presentation.

How to Claim

Submit an EOAS Application for Graduate Student Travel Fund and EOAS Expense Claim Worksheet along with the appropriate receipts to the Graduate Coordinator.