Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)

Deadline

No application deadline

Annual Value

$18,200 stipend plus full tuition coverage

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC's best PhD, DMA, and MDPhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,200 per year plus tuition for up to four years of their Doctoral studies. This program allows UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international Doctoral students, and provide those students with stable, base-level funding for their Doctoral studies and research.

 

Eligibility

Four Year Fellowships may be held by domestic and international students. In general, the fellowships are offered to students beginning their first year of PhD, DMA, or MDPhD studies, but may be offered to continuing students. 4YF funding may be offered for up to four years, but the duration of funding may be less in some circumstances (please refer to the 4YF Guidelines for details). In all cases, funding is subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Students holding the following Tri-Agency awards automatically become 4YF designates: Vanier Scholarships, Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD), CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, NSERC Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarships (PGSD), and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. Doctoral students who obtain Tri-Agency scholarships may be eligible for 4YF tuition coverage and will receive 4YF stipend and tuition support once their external scholarship funding ends, until four years after the external award start date or until the end of their 5th year in Doctoral program, whichever comes first.

Other major external scholarship winners who are selected as 4YF designates may be eligible for 4YF tuition coverage and will receive 4YF stipend and tuition support once their external scholarship funding ends, until four years after the 4YF start date or until the end of their 5th year in Doctoral program, whichever comes first.

Evaluation Criteria

Selection based on academic excellence, upon the recommendation of the graduate program.

Application Procedures

To be considered for Four Year Fellowship funding, students submit an application for admission to the appropriate graduate program at UBC. For information about admission procedures and requirements visit the Application & Admission page.  All PhD, DMA, and MDPhD applicants offered admission are automatically considered for 4YF funding.  

Nomination Procedures

Each graduate program is allocated a number of Four Year Fellowships each year. Graduate programs review their incoming and continuing students and offer Four Year Fellowships to their very best students, with priority given to incoming students.

Graduate programs notify Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies which students have been chosen to receive a Four Year Fellowship by submitting a signed University Award Recommendation Form, listing award number 6456. It is not necessary to list an award amount. Recommendation forms should be submitted at least eight weeks before the requested 4YF start date.

Adjudication Procedures

4YF holders are required to apply for other funding to maintain their eligibility for 4YF funding.

(a) 4YF holders who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are required to apply each year for Tri-Agency funding, if they are eligible. If they do not, they will forfeit their remaining 4YF funding.

(b) 4YF recipients who are international students are not required to submit an application to the annual Affiliated Fellowship competition (held each fall), but they are eligible to do so if they wish to compete for Affiliated Fellowships with higher stipends (such as the Killam Doctoral Fellowship).

Profiles of Award Holders

Chad Atkins

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Assessing the quality of stored red blood cells

Jennifer Guthrie

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Pairing Traditional Epidemiology with Genomics to Understand Tuberculosis Transmission Dynamics

Jens Vent-Schmidt

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Developing a new cell-based therapy to treat inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis)

Yemi Adeyeye

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
The Politics of Knowledge in Multi-level Forest Governance: Perceptions, Roles and Contested Narratives of Knowledge across Scales

Samuel Starko

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
Phylogenomics and evolutionary ecology of kelps

Dustin Grue

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Repeat After Me: The Psychology and Inner Psychology of Speech Reporting Forms

Ezra Greene

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Intergenerational transmission of Inuit knowledge

Ting Chun Kuo

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
Management, economics, and conservation of marine fishes under international trade regulations

Elena Argento

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Investigating the socio-structural context and impact of new Canadian legislation and criminal policies (C-36) on HIV/STI risks among sex workers and their clients

Further Information

Further details about the Four Year Fellowship program are available in the guideline below.