Doctor of Philosophy in French (PhD)
The Graduate Program in French Studies offers a dynamic curriculum that focuses on a contextualized understanding of the languages, literatures, and cultures of France, Québec and the Francophone world. Students may specialize in literature or linguistics, or propose a research program combining both fields.
The PhD program in French and Québécois literatures was established in 1957.
What makes the program unique?
Students have the possibility of holding Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Our students have access, in addition to all the libraries of UBC, to a Reading Room with a collection of several thousand books, as well as computers.
A Graduate Forum, organized by students in conjunction with faculty members, is held once a month. Every year a symposium is held at which students present their research to the department.
The 15 faculty members have a wide compass of research. The department offers a co-tutelle doctoral program in conjunction with French universities. This credential allows students access to academic positions in both North America and Europe.
Named after one of UBC's first MA students, the Dorothy Dallas Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to meritorious students specializing in 17th or 18th French literature.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.
January 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 May 2019
All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.
8 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 8 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):
RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher EducationLakehead University
University of Waterloo
Rhode Island College
University of British Columbia
University of Otago
University of Strasbourg
Sample Employers Outside Higher EducationPostcard Teas
Russian Educational Club
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationOrganization Manager
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThese data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,665.26||$2,925.58|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Boccassini, Daniela (Italian Verbal and visual arts, mediterranean cultural exchanges)
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel (The Enlightenment and the French Revolution, History of the book and print culture, Science and literature, Québec literature and culture)
Curat, Herve (Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Fundamental Properties of Language, Semantics, Formalism, Syntax, Stylistics, Grammar, Morphology, Grammatical semantics of modern French, linguistic analysis of texts, structural analysis, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jean de La Fontaine, native mythology of the Americas)
Frelick, Nancy (16th century literature, theory &criticism, genre studies, women's writing &gender studies, early modern medicine)
Godfrey, Sima (French culture; fashion and French culture; North American reception of French culture; French; teaching French in Canada and U.S.; French literature; European Studies., Fashionability in modern French culture, french culture history, 19th century French poetry, Baudelaire)
Hodgson, Richard (17th century French novel, Baroque theories, theory of novel, analysis of narrative texts before 1800, bilingualism in texts, literature & cities )
Lamontagne, Andre (Quebecois Literature, Literary Theory, Canadian Studies)
Laroussi, Farid (Contemporary French studies, Maghreb literature(s) in French and postcolonial studies)
Moran, Patrick (Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media, Medieval French Literature, Reader-Response Theory, Genre Theory, Narrative Theory, Material Philology, Comparative Medieval Literature, Arthurian Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Interactive Fiction, Cognitive Poetics, Medieval Narrative Literature, Old French, Medievalism)
Onyeoziri-Miller, Gloria (Memory, Artistic and Literary Marginality, African and Caribbean Literatures, African and Caribbean Women Writers, Utopian Studies, Memory Studies and Marginalized groups)
Rocheleau, Alain-Michel (French cinema; French and Quebecois theatre; Anglican Church and Roman Catholic Tradition )
Rouget, Christine (Corpus lingustics, syntax of spoken French, French grammar, romance comparative linguistics)
Sarkonak, Ralph (20th C French novel, Claude Simon, Marcel Proust, Herv)
Testa, Carlo (Italian literature, history of cinema, theory/film studies )
Winder, William (Digital Humanities, Semantics, Lexicology)
Zhang, Gaoheng (Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships, Cultural Exchanges, Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Media and Society, Media Ethics, Media and Democratization, Migration Studies, Mobility Studies , Postcolonial Studies , Gender and Masculinity Studies, Race Theory, Film and Media Studies, Rhetoric and Communication Studies , Cultural Theory, Italian-Chinese relations , Italy's global networks , Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture)
Recent Doctoral Citations
- Dr. Margherita Romengo
"Dr. Romengo examined the paratexts, work that accompanies a text, of sixteenth century French writer, Marguerite de Navarre. Her analysis brought to light not only the material and historical conditions of their publication, but also the literary and extraliterary stakes involved in the early editions of Marguerite de Navarre's works." (May 2017)
- Dr. Luc Fotsing Fondjo
"Dr. Fotsing examined the concept of culture in the contemporary African novel. His analysis demonstrates that there is a mixture of local and global cultures in fictional books written by African authors. It is therefore difficult to refer to that literature as if it had one single identity. This research challenges assumptions about African writing." (May 2015)
- Dr. Moustapha Fall
"Dr. Fall's research in Senegal examined the role of the mother tongue, Wolof, in the development of French as a second language. He found that school children who had early exposure to written Arabic decode and read French better than those with little or no exposure. This study illuminates the role of early literacy in learning a second language." (May 2014)
- Dr. Molleen Alice Shilliday
"Dr. Shilliday studied trauma and World War Two in the French contemporary novel. Her research explored the works of World War Two survivors and authors and second-generation writers. Her findings underline the importance of an empathetic engagement with testimony, an aesthetic relationship to the text and a sense of responsibility towards history." (November 2013)
- Dr. Marina Lushchenko
"Dr Lushchenko examined the role of mentality and ideology in shaping medieval French attitudes towards and stereotypes about the Turks. She argues that underlying the stereotyping process are cultural values and ideologies of Western feudal society as well as its immediate political objectives." (May 2011)