Canada Graduate Scholarships are designated for research training in Canada but can also be used by graduate students pursuing a degree program with an international research component.

Depending on an applicant’s status and award type, applications are submitted through UBC or directly to the funding agency. For UBC-submitted applications, students should contact their UBC Graduate Program directly (submission deadlines generally range from Mid-September to early October).

The Vanier and Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships are open to international students.

UBC Four-Year Fellowship Program

The new Four-Year Fellowship (4YF) program offers International and Canadian PhD students an annual $16,000 CAD stipend, plus tuition, for the first four years of study. Top-up funding is available through individual faculties and programs.

All successful PhD applicants are automatically considered for this funding. Students holding the following Tri-Agency awards automatically become 4YF designates: Vanier Scholarships, Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD), CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, NSERC Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarships (PGSD), and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. Selection is based on academic excellence.

Additional information on UBC academic scholarships is available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Frederick Banting or Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) (Master’s & Doctoral) & CIHR Doctoral Research Award

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) offers research training scholarships to Canadian students (citizens and permanent residents) pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in a health related research program. Candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. 

Check the CIHR website for priority announcements in specific research areas. Masters ($17,500/1 yr) and PhD ($30K/yr CGS Award; $21K/yr CIHR Doctoral Award) scholarships may also include a research training allowance.

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarships (Master’s and Doctoral)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
(NSERC) offers scholarships to high-calibre students (citizens or permanent residents) who are pursuing full-time graduate and studies and research at the master’s or doctoral level in the natural sciences or engineering.

Master’s awards are $17K for 1 year and PhD students may receive $35K/yr for a CGS Award or $21K/yr for a NSERC Post-Graduate scholarship. Eligibility varies between awards. Candidates currently registered or recently graduated from a Canadian university should apply through their universities, and candidates registered at foreign universities or who have graduated more than 12 months prior should apply directly to NSERC.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) (Master’s & Doctoral) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council offers scholarships for students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) registered in a master’s or doctoral level program in the social sciences or humanities at a Canadian university. 
Master’s ($17,500/1 yr) and PhD ($35K/yr CGS Award; $21K SSHRC Fellowship).  Scholarships may also include a research training allowance. For a full list of awards and fellowships available, please consult the SSHRC website. Candidates must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada to be eligible for most grants and fellowships.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Doctoral)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program awards 500 international and Canadian doctoral students with three-year fellowships valued at $50K/yr for up to 3 years. This program aims to attract world-class doctoral students who demonstrate high scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health; as well as leadership skills. Individuals must be nominated by a recognized Canadian University.

CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

The CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program program is supported by CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC and enables Canadian graduate students to build global linkages and international networks at research institutions outside Canada.
Available to Canadians citizens or permanent residents who hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) or a Vanier Graduate Scholarship, up to $6,000 is provided for a period of research study abroad (3 to 6 months). Qualified applicants must submit the necessary documentation to their institution's Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Up to 15 Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research touching on at least one of the four themes of the Foundation: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, and People in Their Natural Environment. 
Scholars are selected through an application process that includes nomination by a university. Foreign students who have been accepted or will be accepted into a doctoral program at a Canadian university are eligible for nomination by a university; applications from students of developing countries will be favoured.
Scholarship value: up to $240K, including $40K stipend and $20K travel allowance.

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