International Doctoral Fellowship


No longer accepting applications

Annual Value

$30,000 stipend + tuition



Degree Level


The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year.

Effective fall 2018, the International Doctoral Fellowships will not be awarded through a campus-wide competition.



To be eligible, nominees must:

  • hold a valid student visa when they begin their UBC doctoral program
  • be starting a UBC-V doctoral program in the year of application. For fast-track students (who advance / transfer from a Master's to a doctoral program without completing their Master's degree), the effective date of transfer to the doctoral program must be during the year of application.
  • be pursuing their first thesis-based doctoral degree

Evaluation Criteria

Academic excellence - 30%

  • Academic record
  • Scholarships and awards held
  • Duration of previous studies

Research ability or potential - 50%

  • Quality of contributions to research and development
  • Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
  • Significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed research, and justification for location of tenure
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge
  • Judgment
  • Originality
  • Initiative and autonomy
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time

Communication, interpersonal, and leadership abilities - 20%

  • The ability or potential to communicate scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats. For example, this could include:
    • quality of the application's presentation;
    • participation in preparing publications; and
    • awards for oral presentations or papers.
  • Professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations. For example, this could include:
    • mentoring
    • teaching
    • supervisory experience
    • project management
    • chairing committees
    • organizing conferences and meetings
    • elected positions held

Profiles of Award Holders

Dessie Tibebu

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Modeling Molecular Simulation Through Wood Cell Wall

Erika Gavenus

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Coastal resource access and social-ecological systems as they relate to community health

David Moulton

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Effects of temperature, pathogens, and fishing gear on spawning migrations of Pacific salmon

Maj Britt Jensen

Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
As original contribution to knowledge, I put forward the term: critical inner experience.

Mikael Omstedt

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
The politics of debt crisis management in the U.S.

Rabe Arshad

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
User mobility management in wireless networks

Amir Michalovich

Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Language and literacy education of youth refugees

Patrick Dowd

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Golden Letters Arranged like Stars and Planets: An Ethnography of the Contemporary Life of Tibetan Language

Florian Lüskow

Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
Trophodynamics of planktonic communities in coastal British Columbian waters, with focus on gelatinous zooplankton