Funding for International Students

UBC offers a wide range of funding opportunities for international graduate students.

Most excellent international graduate students will receive funding support of some kind from UBC.

International Tuition Award

All international students in eligible research-intensive graduate programs at UBC (PhD, MSc, MA, MASc and some others) will receive the International Tuition Award, unless their tuition is paid for by a third-party agency. This scholarship significantly lowers the amount of tuition paid by international students. See Fees and Costs section for more information.

Other awards, scholarships and fellowships

Many UBC graduate programs offer Graduate Support Initiative scholarships, stipends, or other awards to outstanding international students. Programs will consider you for such awards or positions when making admissions decisions. Visit the Scholarships, Awards & Funding page to learn more and consult with your prospective graduate program.

Research and Teaching Assistantships 

These assistantships (also called RAs and TAs) are part-time jobs with duties related to teaching or conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member.  International students are eligible to apply for these positions through their specific graduate program.  More information about Research and Teaching Assistantships.

Bursaries, loans and other needs-based funding

International graduate students may be eligible for limited needs-based funding such as emergency bursaries or work-study programs.  See UBC's Financial Aid and Awards website for more information.

International funding agreements

UBC has agreements with several countries to host graduate students who have financial support from their home governments. Some of these include:

Students from all countries should visit the Government of Canada international scholarship database for more opportunities.