Tuition and Stipends

All students admitted into our graduate program are offered a competitive stipend, sufficient to cover living expenses and tuition.

The stipend derives from a combination of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and scholarships for highly qualified students. Outstanding students can benefit from a number of NSERC scholarships and internal awards such as the Four Year Fellowships (4YF). The table below summarizes a few examples of stipends for Canadian students during the academic year 2019-20. Of note, there is a 50% reduction in the Teaching Assistantship workload for all major scholarship holders.

As you can see, all PhD students receive a Tuition Award that will cover their tuition fully. The tuition award is offered for five years. As no such award is available for MSc students, we have adjusted their stipend upwards to defray the tuition.

2019-20 MSc Students PhD Students
Regular Stipend NSERC CGSM Regular Stipend UBC 4YF NSERC PGSD NSERC CGSD
TA $8,154 $4,077 $8,474 $4,237 $4,237 $4,237
GRA $16,064 $13,452
Tuition Award $4,996 $4,996 $4,996 $4,996
Scholarship $17,500 $18,200 $21,000 $35,000
Laird Fellowship $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Total Funding $24,218 $23,597 $26,922 $29,433 $32,233 $46,233
Tuition Fees $4,996 $4,996 $4,996 $4,996 $4,996 $4,996
Net Funding $19,222 $18,581 $21,926 $24,437 $27,237 $41,237

Annual student fees include assessment for the transit U-pass covering public transportation throughout Metro Vancouver. Please visit The UBC Calendar for details about student fees including those with opt-out provisions.