International Tuition Award


International students are automatically considered for this award. No application is required.

Annual Value

Up to $3,200 per year



Degree Level


International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.



Students are eligible for the International Tuition Award if they meet the following criteria:

  • Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit)
  • Students must be registered full-time in one of the eligible graduate programs. For program eligibility and award amount, check your graduate program listing under Graduate Degree Programs (see Tuition / Program Costs box)
  • Students who receive external funding (e.g., their home government, Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, or other funding agencies like CIDA, WUSC, DAAD, CONACYT, CONICYT, NSF, etc.) for their tuition which is equal to or higher than the value of the International Tuition Award are not eligible. Students who receive external funding toward their tuition which is lower than the value of the International Tuition Award will have their International Tuition Award reduced by the amount of the external tuition funding.

The University reserves the right to change the value of this scholarship without notice.

Application Procedures

Student Responsibilities

  • Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.
  • Students must verify that they meet the eligibility requirements accepting the scholarship online, via the Student Service Centre.
  • The scholarship is paid in 3 equal instalments - one at the beginning of each term. September and January instalments are assigned in late August each year. May instalment is assigned in late April each year.
  • Students who become Landed Immigrants or Permanent Residents while enrolled at UBC are required to provide a copy of their Record of Landing to the Registrar's Office. If an international student becomes a Landed Immigrant on or before the tuition fee due date of the term, domestic fees will be assessed for that term. If an international student becomes a Landed Immigrant after the first tuition fee due date, domestic fees will be assessed for the following term. Landed Immigrant status is attained as of the "Landed on" date (box 45) indicated on the Record of Landing, not the Date Issued.
  • Students are no longer eligible to receive the International Tuition Award once they are assessed domestic tuition fees. As a result, their International Tuition Award will be pro-rated to the end of the last term for which they were assessed international tuition fees.
  • Students who have not been assigned the International Tuition Award by the start of the term and believe themselves to be eligible should contact the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (all emails should include your student number)

Profiles of Award Holders

Fuhar Dixit

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Wastewater to drinking water: Alternative low cost water reuse technologies

Melissa Barazandegan

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Assessment of type II diabetes mellitus

Kate Smith

Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)
Pb isotopic and trace element signatures in honey: Environmental proxy for pollutant source-tracking
Mohammad Rafiuzzaman, International Doctoral Fellow

Rafiuzzaman Mohammad

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Towards an adaptive, robust and efficient resource allocation system for highly dynamic resource constrained IoT environment.

Yanuar Philip Wijaya

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Electrocatalytic hydrogenation-hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived aromatics for the production of valuable chemicals and fuels

David Wakeham

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Connections between quantum gravity and information

Temitope Onifade

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Law, Society, and the Regulation of Low Carbon Economies

Katriona Stewart

Master of Arts in Political Science (MA)
Resisting Rationality: The Transformative Capacity of Anxiety and its Implications for Political Theory