Funding, Scholarships & Awards

IOF administered Awards

COSMOS* International Graduate Travel Award

This award supports deserving international graduate student for research/field work to be conducted in the student’s region or country of origin.

Cecil and Kathleen Morrow Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded for best academic proposal for research travel work using techniques developed at the IOF. Preference given to international travel.

Lawrence Edward Hassell Graduate Field Research Award in Fisheries

The award recognizes graduate student who is engaged in field research pertaining to sustainability of ecosystems.

UBC Awards

Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize in Environmental Sustainability

A $4,000 prize has been made available through an endowment established by Dr. Rashid Sumaila upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate for a Master’s or Ph.D. student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field of environmental sustainability.

Graduate Award Opportunities

UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides a listing of awards and scholarships that are available to both current, prospective and outgoing students.

Some examples of awards:

  • Self-directed Research Abroad – Students undertake research activity at a recognized research institution or institute under the supervision of a host academic. (Deadline: March 28, 2019)
  • Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding – Aboriginal graduate students
  • John W. Davies Memorial Award – Any full time graduate student whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments. (Deadline: July 2019)
  • Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health – Supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with British Columbian communities that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives. (Deadline: Spring)
  • Governor General’s Gold Medal – 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. (Deadline: typically February)

Affiliated Awards

These UBC affiliated awards are open to all students, regardless of citizenship.

Student Development Awards

The Office of the Vice-President, Students annually recognizes exceptional contributions and significant improvements to the student experience and learning environment at UBC.

Some examples of awards:

  • Margaret Fulton Award – This award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of Margaret Fulton’s commitment to university access and student learning.
  • Peter Larkin Award – This award is granted to a graduate program or department that has contributed to student development in honour of Peter Larkin’s commitment and passion for teaching and graduate education.

Federal and Institutional Funding

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Awards are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Awards are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

External Funding

IOF is constantly looking for funding and award opportunities for its students. IOF does not endorse these opportunities, but makes information about them available for students to explore.

Awards and Recognition

IOF makes available lists of awards and recognition opportunities that faculty, postdoctoral fellows and PhD graduate candidates may be interested in.