Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding


Applicants: check with graduate program; Graduate program nomination deadline: likely June 2018

Annual Value

up to $8,000 from Graduate and Postdoctoral 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 and doctoral Aboriginal students registered at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2017/18 academic year (i.e., from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018). This funding is intended to support students until they can apply for the next regular Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship competition. It is also intended to support students who were not successful in receiving other funding, such as Tri-Agency Master's or doctoral awards, Affiliated Fellowships, etc., for the 2017/18 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 Aboriginal students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Aboriginal graduate students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and may include Aboriginal students from Alaska and the northern states of the USA.
  • Applicants must be registered in a UBC graduate program as full-time students as of September 2017. 
  • Students in the following programs are not eligible:  MEng, MM, MBA, and PharmD.
  • Students must be registered in a graduate program at the UBC-Vancouver campus.
  • Recipients are required to limit their number of hours of employment to an average of 12 hours per week.

Evaluation Criteria

Academic excellence (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%; applicants for doctoral funding - 20%)

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

Research ability or potential (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%; applicants for doctoral funding - 50%)

  • Quality of contributions to research and development
  • 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%; applicants for doctoral funding - 30%)

  • 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 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 2017 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:

  • Completed Aboriginal Graduate Fellowships Bridge Funding application form.
  • Outline of Proposed Research (maximum one page for outline of proposed research and maximum one page for citations)
  • Academic records for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed) up to December 31, 2016. For institutions other than UBC, only official transcripts will be accepted. These may be original or certified true copies provided by the applicant's graduate program. For UBC, the applicant's "Academic History" printed from the SISC by the applicant's graduate program will be accepted. Please note that students must request certified true copies of transcripts from their graduate program, not from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Canadian Common CV - applicants fill out the CGSM template and save the PDF version of their CV
  • Two letters of recommendation - Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship reference forms (preferred). Only recommendation letters signed by the person providing the reference are acceptable; original, faxed, and scanned copies sent by e-mail directly to the student’s graduate program are acceptable.

Nomination Procedures

Graduate programs are to:

  • verify eligibility of applicants
  • review and rank applicants
  • prepare a department nomination cover sheet for each student (see bottom of this page)
  • Forward complete nomination file(s) (including materials listed under "Application Procedures" above) to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via Workspace. 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).

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee made up of UBC faculty members, 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.

Profiles of Award Holders

Leah Grantham

Master of Arts in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (MA)
Eugenics, Settler Colonialism, and Public Space: The Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta and Indigenous People

Maggie Low

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Indigenous Rights and Environmental Governance: Implications of the Reconciliation Protocol Agreement for Heiltsuk Nation

Further Information

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