The University of British Columbia will be receiving a $6 million graduate student scholarship fund, as part of an effort to encourage research and innovation in the province. This will make 400 awards of $15,000 each available for eligible domestic students. In addition, UBC is leveraging this provincial funding to encourage donors to support graduate students.
The graduate scholarships are research focused, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as Indigenous and regional programs.
There are about 16,000 domestic students enrolled in graduate degree programs at 10 public post-secondary institutions in B.C. The University of British Columbia has about 7,700 students in the province’s widest variety of graduate and professional programs.
G+PS welcomes this important funding commitment from the province. Other Canadian provinces have offered graduate scholarships for some time. As UBC competes globally in recruiting excellent graduate students, this commitment from the province is an important symbol for British Columbia as a centre of research, but it also provides concrete support to students in pursuing their graduate degrees. More and better-supported graduate students, including Indigenous students, means more knowledge generated in BC and more opportunities for that research to benefit our communities, the province, and the world.