Scholarships, Awards + Funding

Scholarships, Awards + Funding

UBC offers information, resources and sources of funding, as well as financial planning support to assist your studies. Learn more about how to finance your studies.

Scholarships and Awards

For information on other UBC scholarships, you can visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website and read their Graduate Awards FAQ. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is responsible for merit-based graduate awards at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. Graduate Awards manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of both internally- and externally-funded awards. Graduate students at UBC’s Vancouver campus who have questions about need-based funding should visit the Enrolment Services website.

You may also view the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Grad blog. A few are highlighted below.

Description Application Deadline
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students for full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, with applications open to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status. Fellowship values range from $175 to $16,000. Read more > Likely December 2022

Description Application Deadline
UBC awards for Indigenous students include scholarships and bursaries. When a student applies for these awards, they are considered for both merit and need-based awards. The application period opens in August and closes in September. Read more > September 2022

Description Application Deadline
The CWRA annually offers five scholarships awarded to graduate students whose programs of study focus on applied, natural or social science aspects of water resources. The scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Applicants should submit all application materials to their graduate program. The CWRA Scholarship Committee will accept just one nomination from each graduate program.  Read more > Likely February 2023

Description Application Deadline
To support future agrologists in achieving their career in agrology, the BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) will award up to two $1,500 scholarships annually. Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Read more > CLOSED for 2021

Description Application Deadline
Green College is a graduate residence on the UBC campus, with a mandate to promote exchange between academic disciplines at the graduate and postdoctoral levels. Students may apply for residence at the College at any stage of their UBC academic career and, on admission, sign standard UBC 12-month housing contracts. Applicants for admission to Green College who will be beginning their UBC degree programs in 2021-22 will automatically be considered for graduate entrance scholarships. There is a separate application process for those wishing to become resident members of the College. Read more > On-going application, recommend Feb-May for September start

***MLWS Award is not being offered for the 2024-25 academic year.***

The MLWS program offers scholarships to incoming students through the Master of Land and Water Systems Award. The award is an entrance scholarship for outstanding candidates joining the MLWS program. The criteria for this award include academic merit, financial need and the recipient’s potential contribution to the MLWS program. Potential contribution includes bringing diversity and relevant professional experience to the program.

Examples of MLWS Award opportunities:

  • The MLWS program offers up to five (5) scholarships of $2000 to outstanding new students to the program, who can serve as models and provide leadership to their cohort.
  • International students who bring diversity from their country or ethnic group in the MLWS program.
  • In exceptional circumstances, awards are available for students who would otherwise be prevented from accepting an offer to the MLWS program due to financial hardship.

ALL new students who have sent in a reply form and deposit cheque to the Academic Coordinator will be considered for the MLWS Award, on a competitive basis. There is no need to submit a separate application for this award. Exclusion: This entrance scholarship is not intended for holders of other major awards.

The MLWS Award is paid out in the first tuition installment in September.


Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the Master of Land and Water Systems Award!

  • Yihui (Phyllis) Fang
  • Jacqueline Kwok
  • Kristen Murrell
  • Georgia Stanley
  • Julian Yeo