Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding


Applicants: check with graduate program; Graduate program nomination deadline: Likely June 2022

Annual Value

up to $8,000 from Faculty of Graduate Studies, must be matched by graduate program


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will match funds provided by graduate programs (to a maximum of $8,000 per student and to a maximum of $50,000 for the program in total) to support Master’s Indigenous students registered at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2021/22 academic year (i.e., from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022). This funding is intended to support students until they can apply for the next regular Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship competition in February 2022. It is also intended to support students who were not successful in receiving other funding, such as Tri-Agency CGSM, Affiliated Fellowships etc., for the 2021/22 academic year. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through a competition administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.



  • All Indigenous Master's graduate students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Indigenous Master's graduate students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and may include Indigenous students from Alaska and other states of the USA.  The University may request further information to confirm Indigenous eligibility.
  • Applicants must be registered in a UBC-Vancouver Master's graduate program as full-time students as of September 2021.  Incoming and current Master's graduate students are both eligible to apply.
  • Students in the following programs are not eligible to apply:
    • Programs that are not administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (such as MBA, MM, MDS)
    • Programs that do not include a significant research component (ie. coursework only)
    • Doctor of Pharmacy, EDD, and DMA
    • PhD students will not be considered for AGF Bridge funding.  All PhD students who would otherwise be eligible (ie. in the eligible months of study range of years 1-4) are covered by the minimum PhD funding policy and so they are already receiving "significant funding".
  • Months of Study
    • To be eligible to hold AGF funding as a Master’s student, applicants must have completed, as of December 31, 2020, no more than 12 months of full-time (or full-time equivalent) Master’s-level study (at UBC and/or elsewhere).
    • All previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of institution and discipline, will be included in determining eligibility.
  • Students who already hold significant funding ($16,000 /year or greater) for the 2021/22 academic year will not be considered for AGF Bridge funding.  The AGF Bridge is specifically meant to “bridge” applicants who lack funding until they can apply for major award competitions in the fall and spring.

Evaluation Criteria

Academic excellence (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%)

  • Academic record
  • Scholarships and awards held
  • Duration of previous studies

Research ability or potential (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%)

  • Quality of contributions to research and development, including publications and conference presentations
  • Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
  • Significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed research, and justification for location of tenure
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge
  • Judgment
  • Originality
  • Initiative and autonomy
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time

Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%)

  • The ability or potential to communicate concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats. For example, this could include:
    • quality of the application's presentation
    • participation in preparing publications
    • awards for oral presentations or papers
  • Professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations. For example, this could include:
  • mentoring
  • teaching
  • supervisory experience
  • project management
  • chairing committees
  • organizing conferences and meetings
  • elected positions held

Application Procedures

Applicants must check with their graduate program regarding their program’s internal nomination procedures and deadline. Internal application deadlines are normally several weeks before the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies department nomination deadline, as graduate programs must review students' applications well in advance of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies deadline.

Applicants who were previously nominated for the regular Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship competition in February 2021 (but did not win AGF funding) do not need to re-submit application materials, but do need to confirm with their graduate program that they would like to be considered for the Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding.

New applicants must submit the following materials to their graduate program at UBC:

  1. Completed Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships Bridge Funding application form.
  2. Outline of Proposed Research (maximum one page for outline of proposed research and maximum one page for citations) (See application instructions for details)
  3. Transcripts for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed) up to December 31, 2020. (See application instructions for details)
  4. Canadian Common CV - CGS-Master's version (See application instructions for details)
  5. Two references - inputted on Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship reference forms. (See application instructions for details)

Review the AGF Bridge application instructions for complete requirements for each item listed above.

Nomination Procedures

Graduate programs are to:

  • Verify eligibility of applicants (ex. months of study)
  • Review and rank applicants
  • Prepare a department nomination form for each nominee (see "AGF Bridge Nomination Form" at the bottom of this page under 'Further Information')
  • Forward complete nomination file(s) (including materials listed under "Application Procedures" above) to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via your UBC Workspace awards folder (folder name "G+PS Awards - [dept code]"). Each nomination file should be named AGFBF_DEPT_LastName_FirstName.pdf (e.g. if Jane Smith from MATH is nominated, all documents should be in one pdf file named AGFBF_MATH_Smith_Jane.pdf).
  • Note: For nominees who were previously nominated for the regular Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship competition in February 2021, graduate programs would complete the "AGF Bridge Nomination Form" (see "AGF Bridge Nomination Form" at the bottom of this page under 'Further Information') but the rest of the nomination package would be the same files submitted back in February 2021.

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee which will review the applications and select the successful applicants.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will notify graduate programs of the competition results for their applicants in August.

Further Information

Questions about this funding opportunity should be directed to Graduate Awards Clerk Angela Rizzo.


Read tips on applying, reference letters, statement of interest, reaching out to prospective supervisors, interviews and more in our Application Guide!