Financial Support

Awards, Financial Aid and Research Funding Opportunities for Forestry Graduate Students

The Faculty of Forestry offers competitive funding packages for Doctoral and research-based Masters students.  Financial support is provided during the first 2 years of a thesis-based Masters or the first 4 years of a PhD program, unless otherwise agreed upon at the outset of the program. This does not apply to students taking course-based Masters degrees, and may not be possible for students in the social sciences.

Financial support is drawn from a number of sources including awards (external awards, UBC awards, Faculty of Forestry internal awards), graduate teaching assistantships (GTA), and graduate research assistant stipends (GRA) from professors’ research grants.

Students are expected to be proactive in applying for awards and supervisors are expected to ensure that adequate support is maintained for 2 or 4 years. The funding plan is described to the student in an agreement letter sent from the Associate Dean as part of the admission package.  Students and their supervisors are expected to review the funding plan on an annual basis to ensure that there is no lapse in funding. Students are expected to make sufficient progress to finish within the 2-year or 4-year time frame.

Award Resources

For a compendium of awards available for UBC graduate students, see the Awards and Financial Aid page of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

For a compendium of opportunities for research funding, check the Research Funding page of the UBC Office of Research Services.

Expand the sections below for details about the main award and funding opportunities available to Forestry graduate students.

Questions about Forestry Graduate Award opportunities?  Please email Gayle Kosh:

Deadline: November 24, 2017

Open to domestic & international students.

Applicants must intend to undertake doctoral research in one of the list areas of excellence (please see website) for the Faculty of Forestry. The research must be conducted, at least in part, in British Columbia, and should result in an outcome which has practical application in BC.

Visit the Future Forests Fellowship website for more details.

This Fellowship is funded by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)

No Fixed Deadline

Open to both domestic & international incoming research students (PhD, MSc, MASc programs). Students cannot nominate themselves for this award but must be nominated by their supervisor, prior to their program start date. Faculty should contact the Forestry Graduate Admissions Coordinator for nomination procedures.  The eligible weighted GPA in each of the last two years of full time study is A- (80% at UBC) or higher (or equivalent).

The Faculty of Forestry Strategic Recruitment Fellowships are designed to attract and recruit excellent research students, particularly in disciplines where there is capacity for additional students. The SRF is primarily meant to be a top-up to the minimum total funding package arranged by the student’s supervisor.  SRFs are available in increments of $6,000 per year for 2 years (Masters) or 4 years (PhD). However, renewal after the first year is dependent on successful academic progress and annual progress reports are required. SRF recipients must apply for all Major Awards (e.g., Tri-Council and University, etc.) for which they are eligible. However, because the SRF is to primarily be considered a top-up to the minimum funding package, success in receiving a major award will normally not affect SRF funding. The main exception to this policy is if the total of a student’s funding package (excluding research allowance) exceeds $35,000 annually. In these cases, the SRF payment for that year will be reduced accordingly.

No Fixed Deadline

Open to both domestic & international incoming PhD students.  Students cannot nominate themselves for this award but must be nominated by their supervisor, prior to their program start date. Faculty should contact the Forestry Graduate Admissions Coordinator for nomination procedures.  The eligible weighted GPA in each of the last two years of full time study is A+ (90% at UBC) or higher (or equivalent).

This program provides UBC's best PhD students with a stipend plus full tuition coverage for the first four years of their PhD studies. Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 4YF page for complete information.

4YF domestic students are required to apply for the Affiliated Fellowships, NSERC or SSHRC.  All 4YF holders are required to submit annual progress reports to secure continued 4YF funding for years 2-4.

Affiliated Awards, NSERC, SSHRC and Vanier awards are made on the basis of high scholastic achievement and evidence of skill (or potential skill) at research. Applications for these competitions are made in early Fall each year.
Note that the application process is extensive, and students are strongly encouraged to begin preparation for their applications well in advance (notices will begin to be distributed to students as early as May).

Affiliated Fellowships

Doctoral-level - early Fall each year
Masters-level - early December each year
(date by which students must have their completed applications submitted to the Forestry Graduate Program office).

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year, with values ranging from $175 to $30,000 (though most are in the range of $16,000). Applications are open to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students in all disciplines and regardless of citizenship or visa status. The Affiliated Fellowship competition runs in concert with the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) Graduate Scholarships competitions, whereby students who submit a Tri-Agency application to their graduate program are automatically considered for Affiliated Fellowship funding (without needing to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships application package).

Refer to this page for further details:

NSERC Scholarships (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council)

Doctoral-level Deadline: early Fall each year
Masters-level Deadline: early December each year
(date by which students must have their completed applications submitted to the Forestry Graduate Program office).

NSERC is one of three federal agencies that provide research funding for university students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors.

Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies NSERC page for complete eligibility information for Master's and PhD students.

SSHRC Scholarships (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)

Doctoral-level Deadline: early Fall each year
Master-level Deadline: early December each year
(date by which students must have their completed applications submitted to the Forestry Graduate Program office).

SSHRC is one of three federal agencies that provide research funding for university students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors.

Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies SSHRC page for complete eligibility information for Master's and PhD students.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: Early September each year

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies and leadership skills. Vanier Scholarships have a stipend of $50,000 per annum, and are tenable for 24 or 36 months, depending on student eligibility.  Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Vanier Scholarship page for complete eligibility details.

Deadline: early May each year

Each Spring, the Faculty of Forestry holds an annual internal award competition for graduate students.  More than 20 merit-based awards are available.  The purpose is to recognize and reward outstanding academic performance of graduate students in the Faculty of Forestry.  Several awards are in memory of persons who have contributed significantly to the discipline of forestry in their lifetime. Some awards are to be given to graduate students doing research in a particular specialization or geographic area.

These awards are provided by external donors and are assigned by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and the Forestry Graduate Programs Scholarship Committee.

Forestry Internal Awards will be exclusively used to reward students making exceptional progress and contributions. Forestry Internal Awards are not to be considered part of the student’s stipend, such that the stipend shall not be reduced should the student receive an Internal Award. However, if you are successful in receiving an Internal Award which is more than $3,000, the financial support as outlined in your student agreement letter may be adjusted accordingly.


Students must be registered for a minimum of 8 months but not have been registered for more than 24 months for master’s and 48 months for PhD. Consideration may be made for students beyond 24 master’s and 48 PhD months of study if their supervisor confirms that they are in the final stages of thesis and defense preparation.

Change to minimum months of registration: Students who have transferred to a PhD program from the UBC Forestry master’s program and students who have completed a UBC Forestry master’s program and then started a PhD program are eligible to apply for internal awards if they have less than 8 months in the PhD program at the time of application deadline.

Academic Standing – First-Class GPA (A- or higher) during graduate program to date.

Productivity – publications, reports, conference presentations, extension activities, engagement with Faculty, University or external community, awards (past, current and pending).

Students have opportunity to make the committee aware of particular financial situations such as decline in their stipend resulting from the end of an award or a reduction in grant funds available to them.

Deadline:  None

This scholarship is automatically assigned to eligible international graduate students and is applied toward tuition costs.  Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ITA page for complete details.

Deadlines: Vary

The Government of Canada offers support to Canadian students studying abroad, as well as to international students studying in Canada.  Please refer to the Government of Canada website for complete details and eligibility requirements.

Deadline: early January

The University of British Columbia offers several fellowships and scholarships to Canadian Aboriginal graduate students, an Aboriginal person being a First Nations, Métis or Inuit person of Canada. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition.  Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship page for complete details.

Deadline: mid-January each year

PICS Graduate Fellowships are available on an annual basis to outstanding Masters and PhD students at the Institute's four collaborating universities (UBC, UNBC, SFU and UVic) conducting research in an area related to climate change impacts and adaptation.

Please refer to the PICS website for complete eligibility requirements.

Deadline: None

The Mitacs Accelerate Internship Program connects businesses with university researchers in all disciplines who have advanced levels of expertise in areas that address vital research opportunities. It partners graduate students and postdoctoral fellow interns and their supervising professors with for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations - connections which help partners utilize new tools, technologies and methodologies to address issues that are vital to an organization's success. Businesses benefit from the power of advanced research while graduate student interns benefit from exciting new research opportunities.

Find complete details on the Mitacs Accelerate web site.

Deadline: None

The Graduate Student Travel Fund provides support to allow students to participate in conferences related to their research.  Each award is worth $500.  See the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards page for instructions and forms.

Deadline: None*

The Faculty of Forestry Graduate Student Travel Award provides support to allow students to participate in conferences related to their research. Each award is worth $600. Forestry graduate students are eligible to use the fund once during their graduate degree, after the student has exhausted the funds available to them through the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Travel Award. See the application form for complete eligibility details and procedure and payment information.

Full-time students may receive partial salary in return for assisting in teaching undergraduate courses.  GTA’s are required to devote a certain amount of time to marking assignments and instructing in laboratories, or on occasion a student with specific skills or experience may prepare and deliver lectures.   A GTA will be assigned and paid for a prescribed number of hours per week, not to exceed 12 hours.

Appropriate qualifications for a particular course are the major consideration in the selection of GTA’s by the instructor.  Instructions for applying and the positions available are posted by March 31st each year on each Forestry Department bulletin board and on the Forestry website.  Successful applicants are normally contacted in late August or early September.  Forestry students can also apply for TA positions in other faculties on campus. There is a preference system for hiring TA’s based on length in program and experience (refer to the GTA Union website for full details:

To view available positions, please see our Job Postings section.

Many students are paid Graduate Research Assistantships directly from their supervisor’s research grant. GRA’s are given in support of the student’s own research towards their degree. Satisfactory progress towards the student’s research is expected for payment of a GRA, but work not related to the student’s research program should not be required during the 2 or 4 years in which the student is expected to complete their degree.

Deadline: none

The Rufford Small Grants Foundation is a charity established specifically for the development of Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs). Since inception it has given in excess of 1700 grants in 130 countries. The Rufford Small Grants Foundation intends to build on this success.

RSGs are aimed at small conservation programmes and pilot projects. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.  Review all information at:

Deadline: Fall and Spring each year

Students submit applications directly to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports Canadian graduate students pursuing exceptional research experiences at institutions outside of Canada.

Eligibility: This program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) or Vanier funding at the Master's or Doctoral level.

Supplements of up to $6,000 will be awarded to help offset the costs, including travel and accommodation, of undertaking research studies outside Canada for three to six months. Please note that international students who hold a Vanier scholarship are not eligible for this competition.

For details, please see:

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) offers these awards twice a year, in April and October, to Canadians, Permanent Residents of Canada and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC program priorities.

Please see web page for details:

In-depth information about needs-based funding such as loans, bursaries and other types of financial aid is available from the UBC Student Services.

Students may apply for UBC bursaries, but must be in receipt of full Canadian Government student loan funding and have “unmet need” after their loan funding as determined in their loan assessment. UBC bursaries are non-repayable awards. They are designed to help fill unmet need, the gap between your assessed financial need and available government assistance.

Please see the UBC Awards & Money Management website for summer and winter bursary deadlines, and complete details.

UBC has partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to provide full scholarships to academically promising undergraduate and graduate students (at the Master’s level) from Sub-Saharan Africa.   The vision of the program is to educate and develop bright yet economically marginalized young people in Africa who have demonstrated a “give-back” commitment and who seek to use their education to contribute to the transformation of the continent. Complete details, including eligibility requirements and application information and deadlines can be found on the UBC MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program website.

Deadline: late November

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year. Approximately 35 new fellowships will be awarded at UBC each year.  Refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies IDF information page for further details.

Deadline: Early March

This award is part of the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) which intends to build connections, community, and capacity for doctoral students who are interested in explicitly linking their doctoral work to an arena of public benefit and integrating broader and more career-relevant forms of scholarship into their doctoral education process.

More info on the G+PS website.

Deadline: Early January

The Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships enable promising leaders from developing countries to pursue doctoral studies at UBC. The fellowships are to support international students showing outstanding leadership in humanitarian and development work in their home country. Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships thus open the way to a world-class graduate education for emerging scholars from countries with developing educational systems.

More info on the G+PS website.

Deadline: mid-March

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a government agency in China which provides scholarships to students for doctoral and postdoctoral studies abroad. UBC has developed an agreement with the CSC and with specific Chinese universities to be a preferred host institution for CSC scholarship holders. These scholarships will be awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines.

More info on the G+PS website.

Deadline: Late-April
A number of University awards for upcoming academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students.

More info on the G+PS website.

Deadline: applications accepted on a rolling basis, see web page for details.

What is self-directed research abroad?
Students undertake research activity at a recognized research institution or institute under the supervision of a host academic. This can be initiated by the student or by a UBC faculty member wishing to send students abroad for the purposes of academic collaboration. Students enjoy the flexibility of a self-initiated research placement while building an international network of students and professors in their research area. Additionally, students may be able to explore a specific research topic that is not available at UBC and gain exposure to new skills, expertise and equipment.

Go Global offers a Self-Directed Research Abroad Award of $1000 -2000 to support students. There are a limited number of awards available each term. Awards will be approved and issued on a rolling basis to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis, on the following timelines until funding has been exhausted.

More info on the Student Services website.