Affiliated Fellowships Master's Program


Applicants: 2 December 2019

Annual Value

$175 - $16,000


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 $16,000.



Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.

Academic Standing

Students with a minimum first class standing in each of the last two years of full-time study are eligible to apply. GPA is calculated using all courses taken in a given year. For UBC courses, first class standing is 80% and higher. At other universities, first class standing is determined from marking keys that accompany transcripts. For transcripts that are not accompanied by marking keys, applicants should consult with their UBC graduate program staff.


All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are required to apply for Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) (or doctoral funding from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC), if they are eligible to do so.

Fields of Study / program of study

Students in all fields of graduate study may apply. However, students must be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program. All eligible graduate program must have a significant research component. A significant research component is considered to be original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program.

Master’s programs that are based only on course work are typically not eligible since they do not include a significant research component. Several examples are listed (but not limited to) below:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Engineering (in Faculty of Applied Science)
  • Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • 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

Master’s-level Funding

To be eligible, applicants must have completed, as of December 31, 2019, between zero and 12 months of full-time (or full-time equivalent) graduate-level studies.

Please note that:

  • all previous studies at the graduate level, regardless of institution and discipline, will be included in determining eligibility*
  • successful applicants for Master's-level funding who plan to hold that funding as a Master's student will not receive funding past the end of their 24th month of Master's-level study.
  • successful applicants for Master's-level funding who plan to hold that funding as a doctoral student will receive a funding offer restricted to a maximum of 12 months, and they will not be considered for doctoral-level funding such as a Killam Doctoral Scholarship.

Students who will have completed more than 12 months of graduate-level studies by December 31, 2019 must apply to the doctoral-level funding competition.

*All previous months of master's will be counted in assessing eligibility, except in cases where the previous master’s study was required by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as a basis of admission to the applicant's UBC graduate program. This exception may affect a small number of students from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Philippines. This exception does not apply in cases where the previous master’s study was required by the applicant’s graduate program, but not by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria differ depending on the applicant’s program of study and type of application. Refer to the Affiliated Fellowships Selection Criteria for details.

Application Procedures

Note: Students who are eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) (such as Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada) are required to apply for CGS M. Students who submit a CGS M application to UBC are also considered for Affiliated Fellowship funding, and do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowship application.

Affiliated Fellowship applicants (such as international students) must submit their application materials to their graduate program. The deadline by which applications for Master's-level funding must be submitted to the applicant's UBC graduate program is Monday, 2 December 2019.

Note for Iranian citizens currently residing in Iran: Please contact your UBC graduate program if you are concerned about meeting the above application deadline due to the recent nation-wide internet shutdown in Iran.

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 automatically considered 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 Fellowships application the award numbers of any and all criteria-based affiliated awards for which they are eligible


application materials

Nomination Procedures

Applications for Master's-level funding

Graduate programs review and rank the applications they receive, and forward their top applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 31 January 2020.

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.