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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:||No Scholarship||NSERC CGS M||No Scholarship||UBC 4YF||NSERC PGS D||NSERC CGS D|
GSI Tuition Award3
Award Top-Up 4
- 4 TA units. Scholarship students may receive TA funding as space permits.
- Supervisors may elect to pay more than the minimum amounts if consistent with funding agency rules.
- Limited to the first 2 years of an MSc/MASc program (paid through a RA appointment) and the first 4 years of a PhD program (PhD tution award applies directly through tuition fees).
- 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 Assistantship (RA).
- International students pay tuition fees of $8,270 (approximately) but receive an International Tuition Award (ITA) of up to $3,200 unless they are receiving external funding.
- Includes AMS extended medical and dental plan and transit U-pass (fees subject to change). Please see current listing of Student Fees in the UBC Calendar.
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.
|March 15||Summer Job Postings|
|March 31||Winter Job Postings|
|May*||TA Application opens|
|August||Offers of Appointment|
*new incoming graduate students are given a reasonable extension to this deadline
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.
External scholarships are available from many sources. You should investigate all sources of financial support for which you are eligible. Canadian students with first-class averages should apply for NSERC awards.
- Tuition Awards and Scholarship Supplements, will be provided through the universitiy's Graduate Support Initiative (GSI).
- International Tuition Awards are provided by the university for international students.
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 4YF and Affiliated Fellowship awards.