Typical support for doctoral students is approximately $30,000 per year for four years but often continues for five years, contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and funding availability. Updated average funding amounts are listed in the “Average Funding” section below. Funding packages may include scholarships, grants, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships, depending on the student’s area of specialty and the department’s funding resources.
Our graduate students receive extensive support and mentorship from faculty in the required annual applications for awards (e.g., SSHRC, Affiliated, external funding agencies). Successful applications in these competitions can substantially increase students’ annual financial packages.
Graduate students are guaranteed up to $1,500 in research and professional development support from the department each year, in addition to the resources available from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Faculty of Arts.
From September 2024 all full-time students in UBC-Vancouver PhD programs will be provided with a funding package of at least $24,000 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 $24,000 per year.