Awards and Financial Support for Prospective Students

All applicants will be automatically considered for the following awards.

NSERC top-up award

Canadian students who apply for and receive NSERC awards receive a substantial top-up award from the department. Students should apply directly to NSERC for one of these NSERC scholarships. Note that the NSERC awards are available only to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada living in Canada. Applications are generally due in late September.

Computer Science Merit Scholarship

The UBC Department of Computer Science is offering CS Merit Awards to outstanding incoming international and domestic students. Students awarded a CS Merit Award are guaranteed award-level funding in their first two years at UBC, consisting of a $10,000 top-up to their stipend over two years.

CS Merit Award recipients who also receive an external scholarship (such as an NSERC award) will receive CS Merit Award support once their external scholarship ends. Specifically, they will receive the department's NSERC topup for the duration of their NSERC (1 year for a MSc), and the CS Merit Award for the balance of the two-year period.

All students applying to the MSc and PhD programs will be automatically considered; there is no need to apply separately. These competitive awards are aimed at exceptional student applicants.

Four-Year Doctoral Fellowships

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers Four-Year Doctoral Fellowships each year to meritorious PhD students. The award holder will receive the basic 4YF award and an additional topup.  The combination of the fellowship and topup will equal to $26,000 per year for the award's duration.

Awards are open to PhD students regardless of citizenship or visa status. All PhD applicants are automatically considered for this award; there is no need to apply separately. Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information.

Tuition Fee Awards

Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards for PhD Tuition Fees
PhD students without external tuition support are eligible for Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards for the the first four years of their studies.  For detailed information about the GSI award, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site.

International Tuition Awards
International graduate students who are registered in full-time master's or doctoral programs are eligible for the International Tuition Awards to assist with their tuition fees. Detailed information can be found on the Faculty of Graduate & PostDoctoral Studies website

Complete information about tuition fees can be found in the UBC Calendar Tuition section.

Department's Financial Assistantships

The department provides financial support to incoming graduate students without any scholarships or fellowships.  For information on our financial support, please refer to our web page.

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