Funding sources


For further information on any of the below contact the Zoology Graduate Program or phone 604 822-5807.

Financial Support

The Department of Zoology has a minimum funding policy for all Graduate students, which guarantees a set take-home salary after any tuition costs. Total salary will depend on nationality and year, according to tuition costs. The minimum level of take home support will be adjusted yearly for cost of living. Typical adjustments are 2-3%. Changes in tuition costs will also be reflected in total salary required for each year.

Support will be in the form of a combination of teaching assistantships (TA), awards/scholarships (excludes any tuition waiver), or research assistantships (GRA) paid from the supervisor’s research grants.

Effective September 2017, the minimum level of support will total salary support will include any tuition costs not covered by another source.

  • MSc students will have a minimum take home salary of $20,536. PhD students will have a minimum take home salary of $23,293 during the first four years of their studies. PhD students will have a minimum take home salary of $22,714 in years five and beyond.

  • The total salary will be the sum of the minimum take home salary and any portion of the tuition not covered by another source. For example, an international PhD student in their 5th (or later) year has tuition costs of $5,070 so the total salary will be $27,784 per year. A Canadian PhD student at the same level has tuition costs of $2,151 so their total salary will be $24,865.

  • All students making satisfactory progress will continue to be supported throughout their graduate degree at the minimum level or higher.

  • All financial support is contingent on satisfactory performance and subject to yearly review.

  • To achieve the minimum level of support a student may be required to TA up to two terms per year. Graduate students in Zoology are not permitted to TA more than two times in an academic year.

  • The graduate program and the department may cover some of the tuition costs when funds are available.

  • Students are personally responsible for paying their student fees.

  • The figures listed above are subject to change based upon cost-of-living adjustments and tuition fee changes.

2017-18 salary rates for Graduate Teaching Assistants are as follows:

  • Full-time GTA-1 (PhD student) is $12,032.88/winter term*

  • Full-time GTA-2 (MSc student) is $ 11,578.8/winter term*

  • *A full TA position involves 384 hours during the winter term (September to April)

Here is some more info about being a TA.


PhD Tuition Waiver

The Faculty of Science currently covers tuition fees for students in their first four years of their PhD program. To be considered, tuition must not be funded from other sources.

Four Year Doctoral Fellowships

A small number of Four Year Doctoral Fellowships are available to outstanding PhD students, with preference given to incoming students. Fellows will receive a minimum stipend of $18,200 per year plus tuition, until the end of their fourth year of PhD studies. All doctoral students accepted into the program will be considered and priority will be given to those that apply by the January 15 deadline - there is no separate application process.

Zoology MSc Partial Tuition Waiver

Currently, all Zoology Master's students will receive a partial tuition waiver of $1,000 per year until the end of their second year of MSc studies. The award will be assigned in August of each year.

Zoology Graduate Fellowships Competition

1-year fellowship of up to $16,000

  • Deadline: 15 January 2016

For more information, see Zoology Graduate Fellowships

NSERC/CIHR Master's/Affiliated Fellowships Competition

Competition: Fall of each year

NSERC: National Science and Engineering Research Council
Annual Value: $17,500 to $35,000
Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
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CIHR: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Annual Value: $17,500 to $35,000
Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
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Affiliated Fellowships
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students for full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, and are open to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status. Fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000, but most are in the range of $16,000.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition

Competition: September of each year
Value: $50,000 per year for up to 3 years
Open to both Canadian and international students.
For details, check out G+PS Vanier Scholarship

International Doctoral Fellowship

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year. Approximately 35 new fellowships will be awarded each year.

Zoology Graduate Student Travel Award

12 travel awards of $500 each are given out every year.
Competition: Spring of each year

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate students who present a paper or poster at an official conference or symposium may apply once per degree program for the Graduate Student Travel Fund (maximum value $500).

Further information and a complete listing of all graduate level awards can be found at:
G+PS Scholarships-Awards-Funding

Postdoctoral Fellowships

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications are submitted directly to NSERC. Please visit NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships for program information.

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

Competition: Fall of each year

Undergraduate Awards

NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

Deadline: Each year in February
Check the UBC Careers Services page for full details