Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
A Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation’s relationship with the forests: the forest is our cupboard, the sea is our fridge
The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master's and doctoral Indigenous students. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition, administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. Approximately a dozen new fellowships are offered each year.
Each fellowship provides a stipend of $18,200 per year for doctoral students or a stipend of $16,175 per year for Master’s students. Additionally, AGF recipients are eligible to receive tuition funding. Tuition funding will not exceed the current value of the standard doctoral or Master's degree tuition fees. Applicants for Master's funding will receive fellowship funding until the end of their second year of Master’s studies; applicants for doctoral funding will receive fellowship funding for four years or until the end of their fifth year of doctoral studies, whichever comes first. In all cases, continued fellowship support is conditional on satisfactory academic progress. Recipients of Master’s fellowship funding must re-apply to be considered for doctoral funding.
Academic excellence (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%; applicants for doctoral funding - 20%)
Research ability or potential (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%; applicants for doctoral funding - 50%)
Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities (applicants for Master's funding - 33.3%; applicants for doctoral funding - 30%)
Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate contributions and/or connection to the Indigenous community.
Applicants must check with their graduate program regarding their program’s internal application deadline. Internal application deadlines are normally several weeks before the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies deadline.
Applicants must submit the following materials to their graduate program at UBC. Applications may not be submitted directly to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Graduate programs are to:
Important note: The Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship (AGF) program is competitive; not all applicants will win AGF funding. The program is intended to complement, rather than provide a substitute for, graduate funding programs such as the Four Year Fellowship (4YF) and Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) programs. It is expected that graduate programs will consider recommending their Indigenous students for funding from the AGF competition in addition to, rather than in place of, considering them for funding from the 4YF, GSI and other graduate funding programs. On the AGF Nomination Form, graduate program are asked if their doctoral nominees are also being recommended for funding from the 4YF program. If so, and the nominee is subsequently ranked high enough to be offered AGF funding, the student will receive the 4YF and an AGF top up of $2,000 per year for the duration of their 4YF.
Submitting nominations to G+PS:
Graduate programs are to submit all nomination materials as electronic, rather than hard-copy, files. Graduate programs are to upload their files to their UBC Workspace folder (named G+PS Awards – GradProgram; e.g., G+PS Awards - EDST).
Each student's application should be submitted as a single PDF with materials in the following order:
The naming convention to be used is: PROGRAM_AGF_LastName_FirstName.pdf. For example, an application file for Jane Smith from EDST would be called EDST_AGF_Smith_Jane.pdf.
In consultation with the First Nations House of Learning, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee made up of UBC faculty members. The committee 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.