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 accepted into the program.

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 1, 2014, the minimum level of support for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students is $22,000 per year.

  • Support will be provided for 2 years for MSc students.
  • Support will be provided for 4 years for PhD students. For those PhD students who started their graduate program from September 2011 onwards, there will be a possibility of an additional 5th year of funding providing that satisfactory progress in the program has been made.
  • For students who transfer from a MSc to a PhD support will be 5 years in total.
  • 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 be a Teaching Assistant (TA).

Teaching Assistantships

2014-15 salary rates for Graduate Teaching Assistants are as follows:
Here is some more info about being a TA.


PhD Tuition Waiver

(Graduate Support Initiative Program)
Graduate Support Initiative funds are currently used to cover 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 $18,000 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 February of each year.

Zoology Graduate Fellowships Competition

1-year fellowship of up to $16,000
  • Deadline: 15 January 2016 (Friday)
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

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