Graduate student awards

Faculty-recommended awards

Thanks to the generosity of external donors and UBC Faculties, the University is able to offer several awards to graduate students. These may be awarded in the form of scholarships, prizes, fellowships, and other awards.

The College of Graduate Studies and Individual Faculties are responsible for recommending their students for these awards. They base their recommendations on a range of factors, such as academic achievement, leadership, UBC involvement, and participation on varsity athletic teams.

Types of awards


Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of the academic year for academic achievement. They are based on grades and achievements from the previous Winter Session but can also include non-academic factors such as leadership, UBC or faculty involvement, and other criteria.


Prizes are awarded at the end of the academic year for academic achievement. Criteria for many prizes can include achievement in a particular course or program, leadership, participation, or work on a project. Prizes may be financial awards, books, or medals.

Academic awards

Academic awards are given out either at the beginning or end of the academic year and are based on academic achievement.

Non-academic or service awards

Non-academic or service awards recognize achievement or participation in athletics, leadership, UBC or community involvement, and other rewarding pursuits. They do not appear on transcripts.


The majority of awards do not require an application and students are automatically considered for any scholarships, awards, or prizes for which they are eligible.

Some Faculties do require applications. Contact your Faculty’s scholarship representative or check your Faculty website to find out more.

To see more funding options for graduate students, please visit the College of Graduate Studies website.

How will I know if I have been offered an award?

If you are offered an award, we will email you with information on how to accept your offer. We will also update your Student Service Centre (SSC) account, under Finances > Awards & Financial Assistance.

UBC Okanagan Students' Union Service Award

A $1,250 service award for outstanding campus community engagement has been endowed by the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan for students enrolled at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. This award recognizes one or more students in undergraduate or graduate programs who have demonstrated commendable efforts to enhance on-campus engagement and well-being.


Candidates for the scholarship must demonstrate the following criteria:

  • You demonstrate a dedicated involvement in leadership and enhancing student experience on-campus.
  • You have contributed to campus community by volunteering in such positions or programs for a minimum total of 250 hours.
    • Examples may include positions or participation in student government, Create/Orientation events, student clubs or course unions, aboriginal programs, peer support networks, etc.
  • You are a registered full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program at the UBC Okanagan campus.
  • Paid or course related volunteering will not be considered in the application.


Application for 2019 is now closed. New application form will be available in spring of 2020.


Check back again in 2020.

Electronic submission is preferred to the following email: