Graduate Program Financial Support

All students who are accepted to our graduate program are guaranteed at least a minimum level of financial support, sufficient to cover tuition and living expenses. The funding levels for the 2014-2015 academic year are shown in the table below. These levels are guaranteed for two years for students in the M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. program and three years for students in the Ph.D. program, subject to satisfactory performance in TA and RA duties and academic progress.

Funding Overview

2014-2015 M.Sc./M.A.Sc. Ph.D.
TA1 $9,083               $9,440        
RA2 $12,400       $12,800        

GSI Tuition Award3
(subject tochange)

$2,000 $2,000     $4,436 $4,436 $4,436 $4,436
Scholarship   $17,500       $18,000 $21,000 $35,000  

Award Top-Up 4
(subject to change)

  $6,000       $8,000 $6,000    
Total Funding $23,483 $25,500     $26,676 $30,436 $31,436 $39,436  

(subject to change)

$4,436 $4,436     $4,436 $4,436 $4,436 $4,436  

(subject to change)

$1,036 $1,036     $1,036 $1,036 $1,036 $1,036  
Net Funding $18,011 $20,028     $21,204 $24,964 $25,964 $33,964  
  1. 4 TA units. Scholarship students may receive TA funding as space permits (amount subject to change).
  2. Supervisors may elect to pay more than the minimum amounts if consistent with funding agency rules.
  3. Limited to the first 2 years of an MSc/MASc program and the first 4 years of a PhD program (amount subject to change).
  4. NSERC CGS M scholarship holders will receive $6,000 award top-up in the first year of their program.  4YF holders will receive an $8,000 award top-up for as long as they hold the fellowship (up to four years).  PGS D scholarship holders will receive $6,000 award top-up for as long as they hold their scholarship.  These top-ups are funded by the student's research supervisor through a research assistanceship (RA).
  5. International students pay tuition of $7,949.38, but receive an International Tuition Award (ITA) of up to $3,200 unless they are receiving external funding. When the ITA ends, the department will provide an award equal to the difference between international and domestic tuition (amount subject to change).
  6. Includes AMS extended medical and dental plan and transit U-pass (fees subject to change). Please see a listing of Student Fees in the UBC Calendar.

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Teaching Assistantship

Graduate students form an essential component of the teaching environment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  TAing can provide graduate students with valuable experience that will be useful in later careers.  As a TA, you will have the opportunity to interact with fellow students, develop presentation skills, act as a role model and also benefit monetarily.  The contribution made by graduate students is recognized and for the past 5 years graduate students from this Department have received University Graduate Teaching Assistant awards for teaching.

For more information, including TA workload, duties, course assignments, evaluations, and professional development opportunities, visit the Physics & Astronomy Teaching Assistantship Page.

Important Dates

March 15 Summer Job Postings
March 31 Winter Job Postings
April 30* Deadline for TA Application
1st week of September Offers of Appointment

*new incoming graduate students are given a reasonable extension to this deadline

TA Contacts

Leanne Ebbs, Assistant to Head, Hennings Building, Room 325,">

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Research Assistantship

Research Assistantships are provided by the Supervisors to provided support for graduate students while they are pursuing research activities. Students without fellowships receive the balance of their financial aid via these Research Assistantships. For new students in their first four months of the M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. program, the Department will cover the cost of the Research Assistantship until the Supervisor is selected, up to a maximum of four months. For more information, visit the UBC Graduate Studies Research Assistant Page.

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Tuition Awards and Scholarship Supplements, will be provided through the universitiy's new Graduate Support Initiative (GSI).

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Affiliated Fellowships are awarded by competition by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applications are due in September. Students who apply for an NSERC award are automatically considered for UGF and PCGS awards.

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