Graduate Student Funding

There are a number of strategies available for students to help fund their graduate studies in Education. These options include scholarships and awards for our academically strongest applicants, student loans, and degree-related student employment. Visit the Funding Opportunities page to explore the awards, grants, fellowships available to Faculty of Education’s graduate students.

Graduate Students are encouraged to apply to prestigious external awards, including Tri-Agency funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). More information about applying to these prestigious fellowships is available on our Tri-Agency Resources page. Meanwhile, contact your research supervisor early in the summer to begin working on your proposal.

Funding can come in the form of awards, scholarships, prizes and bursaries.

Academic Awards

Academic Awards are offered mainly based on your academic performance. Most will not require that you indicate financial need. Academic awards appear on the student transcript.

Service Awards

Non-Academic Awards or Service Awards may recognize achievement or engagement in a range of non-academic fields, including but not limited to, community service, student leadership, volunteerism, international study abroad, service learning, or artistic performance, etc. Non-academic awards do not appear on the student transcript.


Fellowships are based on academic achievement and/or research ability, but can also include other non-academic factors such as leadership, UBC or Faculty involvement, etc.

Scholarships and prizes

Scholarships and prizes are provided by the University and by many other donors, including the government, community organizations and corporations.

Grants, government loans, and bursaries

Grants, government loans, and bursaries are calculated on a needs-based assessment of the student’s financial need. The assessment is calculated using a standardized method, and helps predict how much money you will need once your resources have been subtracted from your educational costs and living expenses.

Emergency funding

In emergency situations, Student Services may be able to help out with basic short-term funding to cover food and shelter. This is available to all graduate students (international or domestic).

Searching for Awards

Student Financial Services
Please keep in mind that all awards, both undergraduate and graduate, are listed in this search engine. It is your responsibility to check and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for awards before you apply.

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
It is your responsibility to check and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for awards before you apply.