Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Program


Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 12 PM (noon) PDT

Annual Value

$175 - 30,000


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


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 2020, should refer to Affiliated Fellowships Master's Program.


All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are required to apply to the Tri-Agency CGS D program, if they are eligible to do so. 

Effective fall 2019, Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have now harmonized the Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral program. Please visit the new CGS D Program page for the harmonized application process and timeline. In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHRNSERC and SSHRC for further details.

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

Student Status

Applicants who plan to be registered full-time graduate students at UBC's Vancouver campus as of September 2020 are eligible to apply.

Months of Graduate Funding

Doctoral-level Funding

To be eligible, applicants must have completed, as of December 31, 2019:

  • between zero and 36 months of full-time (or full-time equivalent) doctoral studies, if they have undertaken Masters-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, and other mutli-year UBC fellowships (e.g., Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship, International Doctoral 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 months of study eligibility. For example, a prior PhD's months of study would count towards the applicant's total months of study.
  • successful applicants for doctoral-level funding who have undertaken Masters-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 Masters-level studies) who have completed between zero and 12 months of graduate-level studies by December 31, 2019 may choose to submit their application to the Masters-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 Masters-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

The evaluation of Affiliated Fellowship applications for doctoral funding - for all disciplines - is based on the following criteria:

Research ability and potential - 50%

  • Quality of research proposal
    • specific, focused and feasible research question(s) and objective(s)
    • clear description of the proposed methodology
    • significance and expected contributions to research
  • Relevant training, such as academic training, lived experience and traditional teachings
  • Research experience and achievements relative to the applicant's stage of study, lived experience and knowledge systems
  • Quality of contributions and extent to which they advance the field of research. Contributions may include: publications, patents, reports, posters, abstracts, monographs, presentations, creative outputs, knowledge translation outputs, community products, etc.
  • Demonstration of sound judgment and ability to think critically
  • Demonstration of responsible and ethical research conduct, including honest and thoughtful inquiry, rigorous analysis, commitment to safety and to the dissemination of research results and adherence to the use of professional standards
  • Enthusiasm for research, originality, initiative, autonomy, relevant community involvement and outreach
  • The ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats

Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia - 50%

  • Scholarships, awards and distinctions (amount, duration and prestige)
  • Academic record:
    • Transcripts
    • Duration of previous studies
    • Program requirements and courses pursued
    • Course load
    • Relative standing in program (if available)
  • Professional, academic and extracurricular activities as well as collaborations with supervisors, colleagues, peers, students and members of the community, such as:
    • teaching, mentoring, supervising and/or coaching
    • managing projects
    • participating in science and/or research promotion
    • community outreach, volunteer work and/or civic engagement
    • chairing committees and/or organizing conferences and meetings
    • participating in departmental or institutional organizations, associations, societies and/or clubs

Application Procedures

Note: Students who are eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) (such as Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada) are required to apply for CGS D. Students who submit an NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR 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.  However, Vanier applicants must submit a full Affiliated Fellowship application to be considered for Affiliated Fellowship awards.

Affiliated Fellowship applicants (such as international students) must submit their application materials to their graduate program. The deadline by which applications for doctoral-level funding must be submitted to the applicant's UBC graduate program is Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

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

Application Materials

Health Sciences

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Social Sciences and Humanities

Nomination Procedures

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 4:00 pm on Friday, 11 October 2019.

Further information for graduate programs is available at: Award Resources for Programs.

Adjudication Procedures

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.

Department Ranking 

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.

University-Wide Ranking

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.

Profiles of Award Holders

Ryan Dwyer

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
The Impact of Motivational Interventions to Reduce Homelessness

Santiago David

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
Paramo bird communities: Understanding a poorly known Andean ecosystem under increasing risk of extinction

Hossam Shoman

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Reconfigurable silicon photonics: Controlling and Stabilizing Tunable Filters, Switches, Modulators, and Lasers

Anamaria Crisan

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
Visualizing Public Health Data

Ngaio Hotte

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
How Can Trust be Built Among Parties Engaged in Collaborative Natural Resource Governance in Canada?

Justin Falardeau

Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science (PhD)
The effect of native microflora on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in soft-ripened raw milk cheeses

Justin Chu

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)
High Performance Computational Tools for Nucleic Acid Sequence Classification, Assembly and Analysis

Laura Yvonne Bulk

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Being Blind in a Sighted World

Jennifer DeBoer

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Environmental Threats and Opportunities in the US Pulp and Paper Industry