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Working on campus is an excellent way for students to learn through doing, create strong connections within the UBC Community, and develop professional skills required for life beyond their degree.
$400,000 is available through the Work Study Program each year in minimum wage subsidies to enable faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus to create outstanding student employment opportunities. Funding is awarded to eligible employers via a competitive application and adjudication process.
Work Study will fund 80% of the minimum wage. Faculties/departments will be responsible for the remaining 20% plus any discretionary top-up and employer-paid payroll expenses.
While all full-time undergraduate and master’s level students are still eligible, applicants must indicate the degree level they intend to hire. 10% of Work Study funding will be reserved for grad students, with the remaining 90% reserved for undergrads to reflect the proportions of our campus population
Proposal Hours Max
Project maximum hours have been reduced from 816 to 624 hours for the winter term (Sept 1 – April 30) to address low-hour utilization during exam periods and reading breaks. Individual students will have a maximum of 312 hours available. Summer hours remain the same at 640 hours max per project.
You are encouraged to attend one of the below info sessions to find out more and have your questions answered.
Next application period: December 2022
Information sessions are recommended for any faculty and staff who are considering applying for Work Study funding. Even if you have applied in previous years, info sessions are helpful to keep up to date with any changes to the program. At each info session we will review:
Info sessions will be available in November each year. If you have questions about the upcoming Work Study period, please contact the Program Coordinator
|Summer program||Winter program|
|Session dates||May 1 to August 31||September 1 to April 30|
|Call for proposals||December 1 2022 – January 13 2023|
|Applicant maximums||Two proposals, each for max 680 summer hours and 624 winter hours.|
|Student weekly hour limits and maximums||20 hours per week or 340 hours total||12 hours per week or 312 hours total|
|Funding announcements||Late February|
|Hiring deadline||April 28, 2023||September 15, 2023|
|Waitlist review||Early July||Mid October|
The Work Study Program provides a subsidy of 80% of BC’s minimum wage. Minimum wage in BC is currently $15.65/hr, and the Work Study reimbursement is $12.52/hr.
Employers are responsible for paying the remaining 20% of minimum wage, plus 14% employer paid payroll expenses (CPP, EI, etc.) and any discretionary salary top up via an authorized UBC cost center according to payroll deadlines.
Funding is awarded to faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus who are committed to providing enriched, educational on campus employment opportunities for students. Work Study positions should focus on the student experience and provide opportunity for intentional reflection throughout the experience.
To be considered for funding, employers must clearly identify how their student position fulfills the following Student Learning and Proposal Outcomes. See the Scoring Rubric (PDF) for further details.
Throughout the course of a Work Study position student(s) will gain the following:
Work that is funded through the Work Study program must contribute to the goals and priorities of the faculty/department, campus, and/or university as a whole.
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