Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards


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The Graduate Support Initiative is a program for funding graduate students through entrance scholarships, multi-year funding packages, tuition awards and scholarship top-ups. GSI funding cannot be used as payment for employment; nor will it replace funding for TA-ships. Approximately $6.5 million in GSI funding is awarded each year across all UBC graduate programs.



Students in all fields of graduate study at the UBC-Vancouver campus are eligible to receive GSI funding, except for those enrolled in the program listed below:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Engineering (in Faculty of Applied Science)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy

GSI funding is available to both international and domestic students.

Application Procedures

GSI allocations are made to disciplinary Faculties, who in turn allocate those funds amongst their graduate programs. Faculties and graduate programs are to establish and publish criteria by which the GSI funding will be distributed amongst their graduate students. Students should refer questions regarding funding criteria and amounts to their graduate program or Faculty.

Profiles of Award Holders

Jay Martiniuk

Master of Science in Food Science (MSc)
Metagenomic Survey of Wine Yeast Populations in Okanagan Vineyards and Wineries

Hassan Halawa

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Artemis: Defending Against Automated Large-Scale Cyber Intrusions by Focusing on the Vulnerable Population
Mirza Sarwara

Mirza Sarwar

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Transparent and Flexible Tactile Interface for Human Computer Interaction

Bulmaro Valdés Benavides

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
Reducing Compensatory Movements in Stroke Therapy through the Use of Robotic Devices and Augmented Feedback

Vasilii Triandafilidi

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Molecular Dynamics simulation of piezo-ionic sensors

Arman Seyed-Ahmadi

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Momentum and Heat Transfer in Suspension Flows

Sarah Fessenden

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
"We just Wanna Warm some Bellies": Food Not Bombs, Anarchism, and Recycling Wasted Food for Protest

Dennis Louie

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Walking recovery after stroke using a robotic exoskeleton
Tebogo Thandie Leepile

Tebogo Thandie Leepile

Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
Is household food security associated with nutritional status of indigenous women of childbearing age and young children? The case of the San in rural Botswana.