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UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA - [UBC], VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - SCHOLARSHIP

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University of British Columbia Scholarships: Types, Benefits, Eligibility, and Application Process

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
Study Abroad Expert

Acknowledging the potential and achievements of its new and continuing students, University of British Columbia offers more than CAD 200 million annually through UBC scholarships, awards, bursaries, loans, and grants. As per the university’s enrollment stats, 1 of every 5 bachelor program students (20% of UBC student headcount) and 1 of every 2 masters program students (53% of UBC student headcount) have benefited from the University of British Columbia scholarships to study in Canada.

In 2018-2019, University of British Columbia full-time students were provided CAD 325.9 million in total student financial support. Chart given below highlights the total funding put towards the University of  British Scholarships, Fellowships, and Bursaries over the last five years.

UBC Total Funding in Scholarships

As per  UBC scholarships financial assistance reports, all the University of British Columbia scholarships for bachelors, masters, and doctoral students are categorized under three types:

  • UBC Academic merit-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic scores and constitute up to 25-30% of total offered funding.
  • UBC Need-based awards comprise 65-70% of total funding and are based solely on the financial needs of the student.
  • UBC Hybrid scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit (academics, leadership skills, etc.) and student’s financial requirements. These makeup to 10% of the UBC funding.

Apart from this, the University of British Columbia also offers work-study programs, which annually contribute up to 2-3% of the total available funds.

Majority of international scholarships are offered to students at the time of their admission to University of British Columbia. Benefits and eligibility criteria for the various University of British Columbia Scholarships vary as per the student’s level of study- bachelors, masters, and doctoral.

University of British Columbia Scholarships for Bachelor Programs

International bachelor's scholarships at the University of British Columbia are designed in such a manner that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds will benefit from it. All bachelor scholarships awarded along with the confirmation of admission to chosen UBC bachelor's program.

UBC scholarships for international students pursuing bachelor’s programs are mentioned in the table below. No separate application form is required to apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship BenefitsEligibility
International Major Entrance Scholarship16,000 CAD- 20,000 CAD (renewable for up to 3 years)New student; Academically excellent
Outstanding International Student Award6,000 CAD- 14,000 CADNew student; No gap year; academic merit
International Community Achievement Award5,000 CADContinuing student; Demonstrated significant contribution to UBC community
Faculty and School-Specific Scholarships10,000 CADContinuing student; strong academic achievement; engagement in their faculty
Vantage One Excellence AwardTuition + living expensesEnrolled in a Vantage pathway program


The University of British Columbia scholarships tabulated above is offered as awards which must be used towards tuition fee payment. However, the university also offers two full-ride scholarships to incoming undergraduate students. Both are hybrid UBC scholarships (offered on the basis of merit and financial need) and are applicable for all bachelor programs:

Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award

  • Eligibility:
    • Fulfill university’s English language standard by achieving IELTS score: 6.5 or TOEFL score: 90.
    • Demonstrate financial requirements.
    • Consistent academic grades in High school
  • Application Process:
    • Complete an Online application form
    • Choose two undergraduate degree programs.

The application package for Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award must be submitted before December 1.

Donal A Wehrung International Student Award

  • Eligibility:
    • Recently completed high school
    • Belong to a war-torn, politically unstable, or economically disadvantaged region.
  • Application Process
    • Complete online scholarship form
    • Submit required documents

For Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, students are asked to submit two essays on the following topic:

  • Albert Einstein said “ A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” Tell us what you need to be happy? (in 500 words)
  • Tell us about any experience or idea that you have had that shows your creativity and intellectual curiosity. (in 300 words)

Application package for this UBC scholarship must also be submitted before December 1.

Students must note that recipients of these University of British Columbia scholarships are ineligible for the other entrance-based bachelor's scholarships.

University of British Columbia Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Programs

University of British Columbia scholarships for international students enrolled in UBC masters and doctoral programs are comparatively less. However, number of scholarships offered at the graduate level is higher.

Also, the majority of the scholarships offered to graduate students are available for both masters and doctoral programs. Some of UBC scholarships designed for international graduate students are given below:

Scholarship BenefitsEligibilityApplication Process
Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)VariesNo specific requirementRecommendation from UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarships5,000 CADDemonstrate academic excellenceAdmission application
International Tuition Awards3,200 CADAcademic excellence; Opting for research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.Admission application
Four-year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)Tuition+ 18,200 CADAcademic excellence; Enrolled in a doctoral programRecommendation by department based on admission application


In 2019, the CoGS declared that GPA will not be a sole indicator of academic excellence. Therefore, increasing funding opportunities for students making satisfactory progress in their graduate studies.

Apart from these general merit-based scholarships, there are several scholarships offered by graduate departments. Some of the University of British Columbia Scholarships for graduate students are listed below:

Scholarship BenefitsProgram
Madhu VARSHNEY MBA Entrance ScholarshipOne-half of tuition feeMBA
Earl R. PETERSON Memorial Scholarship in Civil Engineering7,000 CADEngineering
Iva Maria LESTER Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Accounting10,200 CADAccounting
HOEGG Family MBA Scholarship25,000 CADMBA
Malcolm LOWRY Scholarship4,900 CADCreative writing program


No scholarship application is required for these program-specific UBC scholarships.

Other Funding Opportunities for UBC Graduate Students

University of British Columbia Scholarships is not the sole funding source available for students enrolled in various UBC Doctoral and master's programs. There are other opportunities offered by the university to students.

  • Research-based masters and doctoral students are likely to receive a stipend from their thesis supervisor at UBC.
  • Doctoral students may be offered teaching assistant positions. With this, they will not only be able to support themselves but also gain relevant experience.
  • Various on and off-campus work-study opportunities are designed for students.

Aside from this, international students can also opt for various external and government-funded scholarships to pursue higher education in Canada.

With all the University of British Columbia Scholarships and other funding opportunities, international students can easily pursue their chosen bachelor's, masters or doctoral programs.

Scholarships Offered


UBC Outstanding International Student Award


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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UBC Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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UBC Vantage One Excellence Award


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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UBC International Major Entrance Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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UBC Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Philip L. Brocking Award


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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UBC Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Debesh Kamal Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,385
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Aga khan Foundation Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Go Clean Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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VueVille Future Technology Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 20

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $35,393
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: N/A
  • Number of Scholarships: 166

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Forte Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $24,623
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 3

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JN Tata Endowment Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $52,637
  • Type: N/A
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 70

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Paul Foundation scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $20,174
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Diploma
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 10

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Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: 6

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FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $150
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 3000

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QS Leadership Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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BrokerFish International student scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Bachelor
  • Number of Scholarships: 1

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Ontario Graduate Fellowship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: $8,459
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Rotary Foundation Scholarships


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: N/A
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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Bhajan Lal Scholarship


  • International Student Eligible: Yes
  • Amount: Variable Amount
  • Type: Merit-Based
  • Level of Study: Doctorate
  • Number of Scholarships: N/A

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