Funding

UBC has a minimum funding policy for Ph.D. students ($18,000/year for the first four years) but no minimum funding policy for M.Sc. students. Departments can require higher minimums so you will see a lot of variety from one Department to the next.

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) has a funding policy that guarantees a minimum level of support to all Ocean and Fisheries (OCF) students. The minimum level of support is intended to assist with various aspects of student life including the cost of living and tuition, and may change yearly to account for changes in these costs, see below for the exact amount.

One of the IOF’s requirements for admission of a graduate student is proof of this minimum level of support, either through an award held by the prospective student or grant funds held by the Faculty member that wishes to recruit the student. Support can be in the form of a combination of awards/scholarships, teaching assistantships (TA), or research assistantships (GRA) paid from the supervisor’s research grants or awards/scholarships.

The minimum yearly salary value accounts for various aspects of a student life including the cost of living (adjusted annually) and tuition, and may change yearly to account for changes in these cost. The total salary will be the sum of the minimum take home salary plus any portion of the tuition not covered by another source.

All students making satisfactory progress will continue to be supported throughout their graduate degree at the minimum level or higher. All financial support is contingent on satisfactory performance and subject to yearly review.

Current funding details are as follows:

OCF M.Sc. students will have minimum funding support of $24,996 per year (calculated as $20,000 plus cost of domestic tuition) during the first two years of their studies. The guarantee of provision for the second year will require that the student has achieved satisfactory progress in their first year of study.

A Funding Plan must be developed with the student’s supervisor(s) and submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator to verify that there is sufficient funding to support the student. The student’s progress will be assessed every year by the supervisory committee during the annual committee meeting. One of the main goals of these meetings is to assess whether the student can complete their degree within two years. It is the responsibility of the student, supervisor, and committee to develop a project that can be completed within two years.

How is the stipend level arrived at?

The minimum stipend level can be achieved through a combination of awards and scholarships, teaching assistantships (TAships), and graduate research assistantships (GRAs) paid from the supervisor’s research program.

All students are expected to apply for the scholarships and awards for which they are eligible. If received, these will automatically count towards reaching the minimum funding level for their stipend.

To achieve the minimum level of support, a student may be required to TA up to two terms per year.

While the IOF has negotiated TAship placements to teach biology and intro-level statistics classes, we cannot guarantee a student a placement in the associated departments, as these depend on qualifications, training session attendance, satisfactory TA evaluation scores, and professional behaviour in previous TAships. Thus the supervisor is required to have sufficient funding to cover the student stipend in case no TAship is found for the student. Supervisors are expected to inquire with their student and OCF Graduate Program Coordinator or other suitable academic units for potential placement options.

Useful additional information

(Effective as of September 1, 2019. To be updated every year)

TA salary (GTA II): $6,009.76/term (max 2 terms per year)
IOF can only guarantee 1 TAship placement per degree for students capable of TAing in biology courses. Other conditions apply, see above.
NSERC-CGSM: $17,500/year (1 year)
Tuition (domestic) $4,995.78/year (2 years)
Continuing fees are assessed afterwards, but IOF only guarantees funding for the first 2 years of the M.Sc. Note that international tuition is higher, but is mostly supported by the international tuition award.

Tuition and Fees

All students are personally responsible for paying their tuition and assessed student fees.

The IOF requires all incoming Ph.D. students to be funded at $23,000 + tuition for each year for the first four years of a Ph.D. degree. The guarantee of provision of funding for year 2-4 will require that the student achieve satisfactory progress in the previous year of study.

A Funding Plan must be developed with the student’s supervisor(s) and submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator to verify that there is sufficient funding to support the student. The student’s progress will be assessed every year by the supervisory committee during the annual committee meeting. One of the main goals of these meetings is to assess whether the student can complete their degree within four years. It is the responsibility of the student, supervisor, and committee to develop a project that can be completed within four years.

How is the stipend level arrived at?

The minimum stipend level can be achieved through a combination of awards and scholarships, teaching assistantships (TAships), and graduate research assistantships (GRAs) paid from the supervisor’s research program.

All students are expected to apply for the scholarships and awards for which they are eligible. If received, these will automatically count towards reaching the minimum funding level for their stipend.

To achieve the minimum level of support, a student may be required to TA up to two terms per year.

While the IOF has negotiated TAship placements to teach biology and intro-level statistics classes, we cannot guarantee a student a placement in the associated departments, as these depend on qualifications, training session attendance, satisfactory TA evaluation scores, and professional behaviour in previous TAships. Thus the supervisor is required to have sufficient funding to cover the student stipend in case no TAship is found for the student. Supervisors are expected to inquire with their student and OCF Graduate Program Coordinator or other suitable academic units for potential placement options.

Useful additional information

(Effective as of September 1, 2019. To be updated every year)

TA salary (GTA I): 6,245.44/term (max 2 terms per year)
IOF can only guarantee 2 one-term TAship placements (or 1 two-term placement) per degree for students capable of TAing in biology courses.
NSERC-PGSD: $21,000/year (2-3 years)
NSERC-CGSD: $35,000/year (2-3 years)
4YF: $18,200/year (4 years)
Tuition The tuition is automatically covered by GSI funding

Tuition and Fees

All students are personally responsible to pay their tuition and assessed student fees. Please note, however, that the tuition will be automatically covered by GSI funding.