Doctor of Philosophy in French (PhD)

Overview

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.

What makes the program unique?

Cutting-edge Research:
The doctoral program in French Studies provides a wide variety of graduate courses taught by a growing team of faculty members specializing in innovative research, from Medieval French literature to 21st-century Francophone cultures. The program offers solid academic training through our research clusters, reading groups, and research seminar. Students may participate in or even lead these initiatives, both within the department and in interdisciplinary centres, such as Green College, the Public Humanities Hub, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. In addition, our co-tutelle doctoral program gives students the opportunity to work with two supervisors - one from UBC and one from a French partner institution - and earn a Ph.D. degree with a parchment from each university.

Professional Development:
We provide a comprehensive Teaching Assistant training program as well as academic and professional development workshops - on grant writing, publishing, and conference attendance, among other topics - to help graduate students diversify their skillset and make an impact on society. 75% of graduates from our PhD program successfully landed careers in academia according to a career outcome survey.

Community Involvement:
Our annual Graduate Student Symposium allows graduate students to present their research to the entire Department. The biennial FHIS Graduate Student Conference, organized by the graduate students themselves with the assistance of faculty members, offers a platform to share research results with the wider academic community, network with local and international peers, and plan large-scale academic events. Through the FHIS Learning Centre, graduate students may also volunteer as tutors to help undergraduate students become proficient in the languages that are taught in our Department. In addition, the FHIS Cultural Club encourages students to discuss noteworthy social and cultural phenomena with our tight-knit community, engaging with current debates in our disciplines.

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Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

90
22
21
22
21
6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding supervisor contact for Doctor of Philosophy in French (PhD)
Applicants should browse faculty profiles and indicate in their application who they are interested in working with. However, it is not necessary for applicants to contact faculty members prior to their application.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

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 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 August 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 August 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 June 2020
Transcript Deadline: 30 June 2020
Referee Deadline: 30 June 2020

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Program Funding Packages

All doctoral students are guaranteed a minimum funding package of $18,000 per year for the first five years of full-time study through a combination of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, awards, and scholarships. We offer a variety of additional financial aid options, including a Graduate Research Grant to conduct doctoral research and a Graduate Student Travel Grant to attend conferences abroad. Moreover, the Dorothy Dallas Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to meritorious students specializing in 17th or 18th century French literature.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Student service appointments are intended to help qualified graduate students meet the cost of their studies at the University. Student appointments may involve part-time duties in teaching, research, or other academic activities.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Outcomes

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 Education
Lakehead University
University of Waterloo
Rhode Island College
University of British Columbia
University of Otago
University of Strasbourg
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Postcard Teas
Russian Educational Club
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Organization Manager
Teacher
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These 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.
Career Options

The PhD prepares students for a teaching and research career at the university level. Recent PhD graduates from the department have obtained positions at various universities, such as the University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal College, Lakehead University, Carleton University, Mount Alison University, University of South Carolina, Rhode Island College, University of Aberdeen, and the University of Otago. Former students have also obtained positions in the public sector, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in French (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

 20192018201720162015
Applications571075
Offers2 323
New registrations2 223
Total enrolment1312111211
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 10 March 2020]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Research Supervisors

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)
  • Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent (Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, French Literature (1945 to the present), Québec and French-Canadian Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature, Spatial Poetics, Visual Culture, Creative Writing)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation
2017 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.
2015 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.
2014 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.
2013 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.
2011 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.
2008 Dr. Nobell examined the continued significance of the symbol of the cross in the literature of Quebec after 1960. As represented in the novels studied, the cross becomes a metaphor for the transformation of religious discourse within a cultural framework of secularization.

Further Program Information

Specialization

Graduate French programs offer opportunities for advanced study in the language and literatures of France and Québec, as well as in African and Caribbean literatures in French.

Faculty Overview

Program Identifier

VGDPHD-KA
 

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January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 July 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 June 2020
 

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