Affiliated Fellowships Master's 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 $16,000.
Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.
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
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 2017 are eligible to apply.
Months of Graduate Funding
To be eligible, applicants must have completed, as of December 31, 2016, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
- the master’s program for which they are requesting funding; or
- the doctoral program for which they are requesting funding if they were admitted into a doctoral program directly from their bachelor’s program (they were never registered in a master’s program, or are registered in a combined Master’s-PhD program); or
- a master’s program, but are requesting funding for a doctoral program (an example is a student who is fast-tracked from a Master’s to a doctoral program within 12 months of starting their Master’s and is seeking funding for the first 12 months of their doctoral program).
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 (first point immediately above) 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 (second and third points immediately above) 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, 2016 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 differ depending on the applicant’s program of study and type of application. Refer to the Affiliated Fellowships Selection Criteria for details.
Note: Students who are eligilbe 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 Thursday, December 1, 2016.
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
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, 3 February 2017.
Further information for graduate programs is available here: 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.