Awards and Funding Opportunities

Graduate students who have questions about need-based funding should contact Enrolment Services.

Research Assistantships (GRAs)

For students without scholarships or external funding, minimum stipends for nominal periods are provided to graduate students by their supervisors. Funding is subject to satisfactory annual performance and progress and availability of research funds. Beyond the nominal timeframe, student stipends are determined by the supervisor(s).

ProgramNominal program timeAmount
MASc, MSc2 years$30,000/year
PhD4 years$30,000/year


Entrance scholarships

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department awards exemplary students with the Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) and Graduate Student Initiative awards. Incoming students are automatically considered for these awards.

PhDFour Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)Incoming students are considered once during the first 12 months of their PhD program.
Students transferring from MASc to PhD are considered within the first year following their transfer.
$18,200 per year plus full tuition for a maximum of 4 years
Supervisors provide supplementary funding of $8,000 each year
MASc, MSc, PhDGraduate Student Initiative (GSI)Students without external funding but with first-class standing in their four most recent academic years are considered for the one-time GSI Awards during their first program year. The award is subject to the availability of funds.Up to $5000

Department scholarships

CHBE donors and alumni generously provide funding for scholarships supporting CHBE students. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for these awards.

A. J. Shaw Graduate Scholarship in EngineeringIn honour of alumnus, A. John Shaw (BASc Eng. 1944) for a graduate student focused on undertaking research related to innovations and advancement of clean or renewable energy technologies. As an alumnus, John loved his time at UBC and continued the pursuit of knowledge throughout his life. He appreciates the opportunities that the education at UBC has provided him, his sons and his grandchildren. The scholarship is open to all MASc, MSc and PhD students within the Faculty of Applied Science, with preference given to applicants in Chemical and Biological Engineering.$6,150
John R. Grace Graduate Scholarship in Chemical and Biological EngineeringIn honour of Dr. John R. Grace by his wife, Dr. Sherrill E. Grace, for graduate students in Chemical and Biological Engineering who demonstrate academic excellence and potential for service to society by performing research on energy, the environment, and/or multi-phase systems.$3,250
Helsa Leong Memorial Graduate Award in Chemical and Biological EngineeringIn memory of Mrs. Helsa Leong, who was a staff member for over thirty-five years in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and a pillar of the graduate programs within the department. The award is offered to an outstanding graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with preference given to those who have demonstrated leadership and community service.$3,100
Petrov Family Graduate Scholarship in Chemical and Biological EngineeringOffered annually by Dr. Olga Petrov (PhD 2018), Dr. Aleksandar Petrov (PhD 1996), and Irina Petrov (BSc 2012) for outstanding Ph.D. students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The Petrovs emigrated from Belgrade in 1996, then the capital of Yugoslavia. Olga completed her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC in 2018. The Petrovs felt it was a privilege to study at UBC and established this award to provide support and encouragement to future generations of students.$2,000
Grace Mentorship Award in Chemical and Biological EngineeringEndowed by Dr. John Grace, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Faculty of Applied Science. The award is offered to a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, who has been highly effective in mentoring undergraduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.$1,850

NSERC and Vanier Scholarships

Annual scholarship plus supplementary funding from supervisor(s) amount exceeds GRA stipends.

ScholarshipScholarship amount
CGS M (for Masters)$17,500 for 12 months (non-renewable)
PGS D (for PhDs)$21,000 a year (for two or three years)
CGS D (for PhDs)$35,000 a year (for two or three years)
Vanier$50,000 per year (for three years)

UBC affiliated scholarships

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies posts awards opportunities and students are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)

Research graduate students may apply for Teaching Assistantships with the agreement of their supervisors. Remuneration typically ranges from $1,000 to ­$3,600 per year.

Additional Payments (GAAs)

Supervisors may have additional work and learning opportunities outside the individual graduate student’s research project. Supervisors will provide a Graduate Academic Assistantship to remunerate students for this additional work which is not related to their individual graduate study project.