Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)


No application deadline

Annual Value

$18,200 stipend plus full tuition coverage


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


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.



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

Devyani Kumari

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Impacts of Clean Energy Transitions on Forest Sustainability and Climate

Adam Ramzy

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Removing, replacing, and processing proinsulin in beta-cells

Ryan Dwyer

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

Allie Slemon

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
An institutional ethnography of nurses’ integration of an equity-oriented care intervention in an emergency department setting

Leah Baugh

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
Resilience after Childhood Maltreatment

Kaylee Byers

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Rats as a Source of Emerging Zoonoses: Understanding the Interactions between Rats, Pathogens, and the Urban Environment

Lyana Patrick

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Dis/connection in 21st Century Canada: Therapeutic Planning through an Indigenous Lens

Natasha Orr

Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
Educational videos on the pathophysiology of sexual pain in women with endometriosis

Egor Larionov

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
Contact Mechanics in Physically-based Simulation

Further Information

4YF Interruption Form - 4YF payments may be interrupted for non-academic reasons (such as for relevant work experience or paid internships). This form is intended for 4YF recipients who do not intend to apply for a corresponding (professional) leave of absence from UBC.

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