Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Program
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 $30,000, but most are in the range of $16,000.
Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.
Applicants who plan to be registered in a Master's program in September 2019, should refer to Affiliated Fellowships Master's Program.
Effective fall 2018, first-class academic standing is no longer an eligibility requirement (updated on 19 Sep 2018).
All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are required to apply for graduate scholarship funding from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC, if they are eligible to do so. See the websites of these funding agencies for details regarding eligibility.
Fields of Study
With the exception of those program listed below, students in all fields of graduate study are eligible to apply. Exceptions:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Management
- Master of Engineering (in Faculty of Applied Science)
- Doctor of Pharmacy
Applicants who plan to be registered full-time graduate students at UBC's Vancouver campus as of September 2019 are eligible to apply.
Months of Graduate Funding
To be eligible, applicants must have completed, as of December 31, 2018:
- between zero and 36 months of full-time (or full-time equivalent) doctoral studies, if they have undertaken Master’s-level studies (whether completed or not). In cases where a student has transferred directly from a Master’s program into a doctoral program without receiving a Master’s degree, eligibility for doctoral funding will be counted from the effective date of transfer to the doctoral program.
- between zero and 48 months of full-time (or full-time equivalent) doctoral studies, if they have proceeded directly from a Bachelor’s or equivalent program to their doctoral program and have not held four years of combined doctoral funding from Tri-Agency scholarships, Affiliated Fellowships, Four Year Fellowship, Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship, and Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship
Please note that:
- all previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of institution and discipline, will be included in determining eligibility
- successful applicants for doctoral-level funding who have undertaken Master’s-level studies (first point immediately above) will not receive funding past the end of their 48th month of doctoral-level study
- successful applicants for doctoral-level funding who have proceeded directly from a Bachelor’s or equivalent program (second point immediately above) will not receive funding past the end of their 60th month of doctoral-level study
- Students registered in a fast-track program (accelerated from a Master’s program into a doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree) or a direct-entry doctoral program (no Master’s-level studies) who have completed between zero and 12 months of graduate-level studies by December 31, 2018 may choose to submit their application to the Master’s-level funding competition. This will result in their application being ranked against applications from other students at a similar point in their graduate career. Should they submit their application to the Master’s-level funding competition, any funding offer will be restricted to a maximum of 12 months and they will not be considered for doctoral-level funding such as a Killam Doctoral Scholarship. They can subsequently apply to future doctoral-level competitions for further funding.
Evaluation criteria differ depending on the applicant’s program of study and type of application. Refer to the Affiliated Fellowships Selection Criteria for details.
Applicants submit their application materials to their graduate program. Please note that students who submit an NSERC or SSHRC doctoral award application to their graduate program are also eligible for Affiliated Fellowship funding, and do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowship application. Students who submit a CIHR Doctoral Research Award application directly to CIHR must submit a separate Affiliated Fellowship application to their graduate program to be considered for Affiliated Fellowship funding.
The deadline by which applications for doctoral-level funding must be submitted to the applicant's UBC graduate program are set by each graduate program (likely mid- to late September 2018). Potential applicants should verify the deadline with their graduate program.
Many of the Affiliated Fellowships have no specific criteria (unrestricted), while many others have some affiliation or special research focus as part of their criteria (criteria-based). All graduate students in the Affiliated Fellowships competition are eligible for unrestricted awards. In order to be considered for any criteria-based awards, students are asked to:
- review the list of criteria-based affiliated awards at the end of the application to determine if they meet any of these awards' criteria
- check in their Affiliated Fellowship application the award numbers of any and all criteria-based affiliated awards for which they are eligible
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Applications for doctoral-level funding
Graduate programs review and rank the applications they receive, and forward their top applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Nominations for doctoral-level Affiliated Fellowship funding must be submitted by graduate programs to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00pm on Friday, 12 October 2018.
Further information for graduate programs is available at: Award Resources for Programs.
Affiliated Fellowships are adjudicated at both departmental and university levels. Rankings reached at each of these levels are independent, thus applicants' rankings at the departmental level may be different from their rankings at the university level.
Graduate programs conduct their own internal Affiliated Fellowships review process, after which they recommend only their highest ranked candidates to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies co-ordinates the university-wide ranking which is carried out by six sub-committees comprising faculty members representing various disciplines.