Financial Assistance and Awards

Most students are self-supporting and finance their studies through part-time work and student loans. That said, students on the full-time tuition payment schedule are eligible for the scholarships and/or support below.

Internal Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

These scholarships and awards are available within the School of Social Work, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance. Top-ranked applicants will be considered automatically for scholarships, which range in value from approximately $1,000 to $3,500. The majority of these scholarships will be awarded in the late summer or early fall of each year. Most of these scholarships are based on GPA. Since these scholarships are assigned automatically there is no need to apply: we do all the work for you.

Social work awards and prizes are assigned in April or May of each year and are based on performance in course work and field placements. Again, there is no need to apply for most of these awards. Two awards do require application and this is advertised to students at the appropriate time during the school year.

Other Scholarships and Awards

Students are responsible for researching external funding opportunities. The School will forward any relevant email announcements received about external awards.

To kickstart your research, have a look at these useful websites:


Bursaries are non-repayable awards that are granted primarily on the basis of financial need. If you have successfully demonstrated to the UBC’s Student Financial Assistance and Awards office that you have unmet financial need you may apply for a bursary. First consideration is normally given to those who have also applied for provincial or federal government assistance.


See Student Aid BC for information on how to apply for funding through the federal Canada Student Loans program or the provincial Student Aid BC programs. More information on student loans is also available from UBC’s Student Financial Assistance and Awards office.

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 31 each year as per CUPE 2278 regulations. These positions are available for full-time students registered in the MSW or PhD programs. Application procedures, forms, details of positions available, and application deadlines will be posted on our website at that time.

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.

Cost Calculator

Students may find it useful to refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ cost calculator to help in their planning.