Funding Opportunities

Graduate students should discuss with their supervisor or graduate advisor whether they meet the criteria for one or more of the following awards.

Travel Funding

The goal of this grant is to provide financial support to Faculty of Education graduate students for travel to present work as a first author at local, national or international conferences. This funding is offered with a view to increasing opportunity for all graduate students to build and enhance their scholarly profiles/track records. To qualify for this funding, applicants must be first author or presenter of a paper, poster, session, or workshop at a local, national or international conference. This award is administered by the Faculty of Education Finance Office.

For eligibility criteria and information about available funding, please visit the Faculty of Education Finance Office page.

Note: In light of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, the Faculty of Education will reimburse virtual conference registration fees for first authors who are presenting.

How to Apply

Please refer to Faculty of Education's Policies, Procedures, Guidelines & Forms page under 'Finance' for instructions in relation to how to apply for the Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant. Please submit completed forms to the Finance Office.

Grad Student Conference Travel Grant form: https://resources-educ.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2018/05/Graduate-Student-Conference-Travel-Grant.pdf

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate students are also eligible to apply for the Graduate Student Travel Fund through the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies once per degree program. The Graduate Student Travel Fund is administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Eligibility: Full-time graduate students must be a presenter at a local, national or international conference.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

Maximum Reimbursement Amount: $500

Eligible costs: Eligible expenses include travel (at economy airfare prices), accommodation, conference registration, meals.

Additional information and the application procedure can be found here: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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Research Funding

Full-time Faculty of Education graduate students (magistral or doctoral) may apply for the "Graduate Student Research Grant," which is intended to offset the financial costs of conducting or producing research that is necessary for the completion of the applicant's current degree. Eligible expenses are those that can be shown to be necessary to complete the research, such as transcription services, translation services, travel to archives, etc. Conference travel is not eligible.

The Graduate Student Research Grant is administered by departments. Please contact your department administrator for further information.

Graduate Student Endowed Awards

The nine scholarships listed below are awarded on the basis of merit. The financial value of individual awards in this competition typically ranges from $1000-$2500. Although of modest financial value, these awards represent an important recognition of academic achievement and can be a meaningful credential for future competitions (e.g. SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC, etc.).

HOW TO APPLY FOR ENDOWED AWARDS

Application deadline: Thursday, 28 October 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Late applications will not be considered.

Approximately $25,000 per year has been endowed by alumni and friends of the Faculty of Education for Dean of Education Scholarships at the graduate level. Several Dean of Education Scholarships will be awarded (normally ranging in value from $1,000-$2,500) in recognition of magistral or doctoral students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and who have made substantial contributions to the field in which they are researching. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their fields of research. The awards will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "Combined Award" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

A scholarship of approximately $1,500 has been endowed through a bequest by James Sigurd Eckman for graduate students in the Faculty of Education. This award is given in recognition of a magistral or doctoral student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and who has made substantial contributions to the field in which they are researching. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their fields of research. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "Combined Award" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

Two or three scholarships of approximately $2,500 each will be awarded to students in doctoral programs (Ed.D. or Ph.D.). Preference will be given to a doctoral student entering second or third year. These awards will be given in recognition of doctoral students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and who have made substantial contributions to the fields in which they are researching. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their fields of research. The awards will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "Combined Award" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

A scholarship of approximately $1,500 has been endowed through a bequest by John Francis Lidstone. Each year the scholarship is offered to a student either in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Education (alternating between Faculties and undergraduate/graduate students across years). This award is given in recognition of a magistral or doctoral student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and who has made substantial contributions to the field in which they are researching. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their fields of research. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

NOTE: The John Francis Lidstone Scholarship is shared with the Faculty of Arts and is not available every year. Next year of availability: 2021.

Apply using the "Combined Award" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

Two or three scholarships of approximately $2,500 each are offered by Donald Poulter in memory of his wife, Ellen, who dedicated her career to inspiring and teaching students. These awards will be given in recognition of doctoral students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and who have made substantial contributions to the fields in which they are researching. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their fields of research. The awards will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "Combined Award" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

Scholarships totaling on average $10,000 have been endowed through a bequest by Mary Katz and by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Joseph Katz, a long-term member of the Faculty of Education, scholarships are awarded to an outstanding Magistral or Doctoral students studying in the area of multicultural and minority education. The awards will be given in recognition of Magistral or Doctoral students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and who have made substantial contributions to the fields of anti-oppressive education and/or education for diversity. Substantial contributions will be considered in terms of both scholarly and service contributions to the field. The awards will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education.

Apply using the "Joseph Katz Memorial Scholarship" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

A scholarship of approximately $1,000 has been endowed by the Lower Mainland Council of the International Reading Association (LOMCIRA) in memory of Dr. Harold Covell. The award is given in recognition of a magistral or doctoral student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and who has made substantial contributions to the field of literacy education. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their area of research. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "LOMCIRA Harold Covell Memorial Scholarship" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

A scholarship of approximately $1,000 is offered to an outstanding graduate student in the Faculty of Education whose research is focused on children’s rights and/or Canadian Indigenous education in the field of Early Childhood Education. This award is to honour the legacy of Janusz Korczak’s life and work. A Polish-Jewish pioneer of child advocacy, Korczak was one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century who devoted his life to establishing and defining the rights of the child. Korczak’s ideas were adopted by the United Nations in the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1959. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including service and scholarly contributions. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "Janusz Korczak Scholarship" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY

Two or three awards of approximately $2000 each are offered by Leon and Joan Tuey for outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Education. These awards will be given in recognition of magistral and doctoral students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and who have made substantial contributions to the fields in which they are researching. The evaluation of award applications is guided by criteria for tri-agency graduate awards applications. Successful applicants submit strong, well-written statements, have a strong academic record, and offer ample evidence of relevant contributions and experience within and beyond academia, including scholarly and artistic contributions, as applicable to their fields of research. The awards will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Apply using the "Leon and Joan Tuey Graduate Scholarship" cover sheet available here: HOW TO APPLY


Teaching Awards

In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in University of British Columbia programs, the Killam Trust annually awards teaching prizes to UBC Teaching Assistants. Two of these awards are allocated to the Faculty of Education. Winners of the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award receive a certificate and $1,000.00.

Also in recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in Faculty of Education programs, the Faculty of Education annually awards two additional teaching prizes. Nominees for the UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award will automatically be considered for the two Faculty of Education Teaching Prizes, and will be considered under the same criteria. Winners of the Faculty of Education Teaching Assistant Award receive a certificate and $1,000.00.

2021-2022 Competition

Information about the 2021-2022 competition can be found here.

Graduating Awards

One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral student. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved most outstanding academic record as a master’s student completing a thesis. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as there is only one award for more than 2,000 master’s graduates and one award for more than 500 doctoral graduates. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada by participating educational institutions, along with a personalized certificate signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the medals

Specific nomination guidelines, criteria and a list of required documentation are available on the GPS website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/governor-generals-gold-medal

Eligibility:  Students must have submitted the final copy of their theses to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between 1 January and 31 December of the year preceding the application deadline (e.g., students applying in Spring 2021 must have submitted the thesis in 2020).

Deadline: The internal Faculty of Education deadline for submission of applications to the Office of Research is Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by 4 PM. Please submit nominations electronically to educ.ore@ubc.ca.

SIS printouts signed and stamped by the Department are acceptable as substitutes for official UBC transcripts.

A prize of $500 has been endowed in honour of the contributions of Professor Ted T. Aoki to recognize an excellent dissertation in the area of curriculum inquiry written by a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education. All Faculty of Education PhD supervisors are invited to nominate one of their PhD graduates whose work resides in the field of curriculum for the Ted T. Aoki Prize

Nomination guidelines for Faculty of Education PhD supervisors for the 2020 competition can be found here.

Supervisors interested in nominating a PhD graduate should send the required documentation to educ.ore@ubc.ca by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

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