Funding

Tuition

See the current tuition rates for PhD programs.

The School endeavours to support its PhD students to the fullest extent possible.  However, it is important that students have their own sources of funding with support from the School being regarding as supplemental.  This is especially important for international students.  The School’s offer of admission will include an indication of the financial support available for your studies. On this page are some of the funding possibilities available.

More details are available on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ website, including information on the workshops offered to guide you through the process of submission and development, useful tips for successful scholarship applications, and other additional scholarship opportunities.

International students will automatically receive the International Partial Tuition Scholarship (IPTS).

IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended that first year students spend time developing scholarship proposals the summer prior to starting. Some awards require submitting scholarship proposals in September, so starting the process for reference letters and proposal development will help decrease stress during your transition into the first year of the program.

Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)

The Graduate Support Initiative is a system for funding graduate students through entrance scholarships, multi-year funding packages, tuition awards and scholarship top-ups.

Value and duration
This varies from year to year, depending on the resources allotted to the School.  In recent years, the amount has been approximately $6,000.

Eligibility
Both domestic and international students are eligible.

Application procedure
Students are considered automatically when they apply to the program.

Selection criteria
The School will recommend a funding package for top-ranking students, based on the same criteria used to determine admission.

1. Academic Excellence & Preparedness (50%), as demonstrated by academic transcripts, awards and distinctions, and relevance of academic background to area of study.

2. Research Potential (30%), i.e., Quality of analytical skills, ability to think critically, ability to apply skills and knowledge, judgment, originality, initiative and autonomy, determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time as demonstrated in the description of program of study and by a minimum of three years of professional social work experience (including relevance to area of study), research contributions, letters of reference, and

3. Communication Skills (20%), as demonstrated in the description of the program of study and by work experience, community involvement and other extracurricular activities, letters of reference, and the quality of presentation of the application.

Four Year Doctoral Fellowships

Under this program, UBC ensures its best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,000 per year for the first four years of their PhD studies. 4YF awards are offered on a competitive basis, with a strong emphasis on scholastic achievement.  Please note that the School typically has only one such award to offer to a student each year.

Value and Duration
Subject to satisfactory progress in their academic program, students designated as 4YF holders are guaranteed a minimum level of funding until the end of their fourth year of PhD studies. Fellows with no external scholarship support will receive a minimum stipend of $18,000 per year plus tuition (approximately $4,700 in 2015-16).

Eligibility
Both domestic and international students are eligible. In general, the fellowships are offered to students beginning their first year of PhD studies, but may be offered to continuing PhD students. In all cases, funding is offered until the end of the fourth year of PhD studies.

Application procedure
Students are considered automatically when they apply to the program.

National Research Scholarships (SSHRC, CIHR)

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of high scholastic achievement and evidence of capacity to do research. All eligible students are required to apply for SSHRC or CIHR funding prior to or during their first year. These scholarships are not available to international students.

There is a national competition for these scholarships and students must complete an extensive application.

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) post-graduate scholarships are awards that range in value from $20,000-$35,000 per annum for periods from 12 to 48 months.

CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) awards range in value from $21,000-$35,000 for periods from 12 to 36 months.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards administered by CIHR are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a PhD in a health related field in Canada. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

Students complete an extensive application for these scholarships, which is due in late September. The School is allowed to forward a small number of such applications to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which then ranks the applications university-wide. The top-ranked UBC applications are forwarded to Ottawa, where there is a national competition. Results are announced in approximately April of the following year.

Details about the coming year’s competition will be sent to students in August.

IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended first year students spend time developing scholarship proposals the summer prior to starting. Some awards require submitting scholarship proposals, so starting the process for reference letters and proposal development will help decrease stress during your transition into the first year of the program.

More details are available on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ website, including information on the workshops offered to guide you through the process of submission and development, useful tips for successful scholarship applications, and other additional scholarship opportunities.

Teaching Assistant positions

A small number of TA positions are available each year. TA positions are union positions and are advertised on the School of Social Work website by March 31st each year as per CUPE 2278 regulations. Application procedures, forms, details of positions available, and application deadlines are posted on the website at that time.

After students have achieved candidacy they will be given priority for sessional teaching opportunities relevant to their areas of expertise.

Research Assistant positions

RA positions are normally not advertised. If you are interested in becoming an RA, view the individual faculty members’ research interests on our website and contact them directly to ask if they have any available positions.

International Partial Tuition Scholarship

School of Social Work students automatically receive an International Partial Tuition Scholarship of $3,200 per year.