Funding Opportunities


Students enrolled in MSc and PhD programs may be eligible for a variety of funding options through scholarships, tuition awards, and scholarship top-ups. Additional financial support is available through Research Assistantships, competitive awards, and research and training programs.

UBC Funding

UBC provides funding for graduate students through a variety of funding programs.

Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)

All UBC PhD and Master's students, domestic and international, are eligible to receive GSI funding, a system for funding graduate students through entrance scholarships, multi-year funding packages, tuition awards and scholarship top-ups. These funds are distributed through students’ graduate programs.

Four-Year Fellowship Program (4YF)

These multi-year scholarships are available to the top 200 new PhD students for the first four years of their studies. Students with CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC awards are automatically provided 4YF funding. Graduate programs offer Four Year Fellowships to their very best students, with priority given to incoming students.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate students are eligible for reimbursement from the Travel Fund once per degree program. Travel costs will be covered for students presenting a paper or poster at an official conference or symposium.

» For more information on Graduate Awards and Financial Aid, see the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

CHSPR Funding

Where there is close alignment between student research interests and a supervisor’s research program, CHSPR students may be partly funded by a CHSPR faculty research grant, or alternatively may be offered a Research Assistantship. Students are encouraged to contact individual CHSPR faculty to learn about specific funding opportunities, based on research interests.

Competitive Awards

Competitive awards are offered based on academic performance. Students at CHSPR are consistently successful in competing for research grants from major research institutions, including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) , as well as other more specialized funding sources. CHSPR faculty supervisors support students in developing competitive grant proposals. We proudly acknowledge that our students have been consistently funded and recognized in local and national award competitions year after year.

» For more information on External Awards and Funding Programs, see the School of Population and Public Health Funding website.

Research and Training Programs

Research and training programs provide funding and enhanced research training for students focusing on specific areas of study.

Western Regional Training Centre (WRTC)

The WRTC is a CHSPR affiliated training partner. WRTC trainees receive an annual stipend and travel support to attend workshops, institutes, and the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Health Services Policy and Research (CAHSPR).