Awards & Funding

Before applying for a scholarship

  • Check that you are eligible for any of the scholarships below
  • Discuss eligibility with your supervisor
  • Complete all required forms
  • Assemble all necessary supporting documents
  • Obtain required signatures (where needed)
  • Inform our administrators that you will be applying
  • Complete the following information and upload all non Tri-Council applications into the following portal (Apply Now icon)

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Current Funding Opportunities:

The following list of awards, scholarships, and funding opportunities available to RHSC students are trainees are updated weekly.

  • Rhode Scholarships (China Constituency) | 8 October 2021 at 23:59 China Standard Time
  • IODE War Memorial Scholarships | Deadlines on 1 October & 1 November, 2021
  • Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring (for Faculty) | 17 September 2021 at 4pm PDT
  • CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements | 10 September 2021 at 4 pm PDT
  • Available Fall Awards for MSc and PhD Students 2021-2022
  • UBC Graduate Covid Program Delay Tuition Award Program Launched

  • Rehabilitation Sciences Internal Funding Opportunities

    Each year, the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences distribute financial awards to deserving students. This funding includes bursaries, scholarships and prizes and fellowships. In most cases, these awards are judged by faculty members of the Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program. See below for more information. Information on the application process is also emailed to all RHSC students by the Graduate Research Program Coordinator.

    The UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Margaret Hood Scholarship in Occupational Therapy is endowed by alumni, friends and The British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists in honour of Margaret R. Hood, a founding member of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine. The scholarship is awarded to a MSc or PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences who is making significant contributions to the profession of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy with their research.

    Eligibility: PhD or MSc students who are occupational therapists (must have proof of license, certificate or transcript stating individual has graduated from a MOT program) and conducting research based in Occupational Therapy. While applicants are reviewed primarily based on academic excellence and research, factors such as character, school involvement, community involvement, and athletic achievement may be considered.

    Award Amount: $4,450

    Award Number: #4898

    Number Awarded: 1 per year

    Application Deadline: October 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm noon Pacific Time

    How to Apply: RHSC Internal Awards Application Instructions 2021-2022

    Apply Now: RHSC Internal Awards Application Portal

    The UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Alumni Jane Hudson Scholarship in Physical Therapy is endowed by alumni and friends in honour of W. Jane Hudson, a founding member of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine. The scholarship will be awarded to student who is making significant contributions to the profession of Physical Therapy with their research. Preference will be given to students who do not have significant funding from Tri-Council or major UBC scholarships (i.e. 4YF).

    Eligibility: PhD or MSc students who are physiotherapists (must have proof of license, certificate or transcript stating individual has graduated from a MPT program) and conducting research based in Physical Therapy. While applicants are reviewed primarily based on academic excellence and research, factors such as character, school involvement, community involvement, and athletic achievement may be considered.

    Award Amount: $7,350

    Award Number: #4899

    Number Awarded: 1 per year

    Application Deadline: October 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm noon Pacific Time

    How to Apply: RHSC Internal Awards Application Instructions 2021-2022

    Apply Now: RHSC Internal Awards Application Portal

    The Louise McGregor Memorial Scholarship in Neurorehabilitation is endowed in memory of Louise McGregor, a former faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. This award is offered to a MSc or PhD student making significant research contributions in the area of neurorehabilitation within Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Science (RHSC).

    Eligibility: PhD or MSc students conducting research in the field of neurorehabilitation. While applicants are reviewed primarily based on academic excellence and research, factors such as character, school involvement, community involvement, and athletic achievement may be considered.

    Award Amount: $2,300

    Award Number: #4132

    Number Awarded: 1 per year

    Application Deadline: October 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm noon Pacific Time

    How to Apply: RHSC Internal Awards Application Instructions 2021-2022

    Apply Now: RHSC Internal Awards Application Portal

    Eligibility: PhD and MSc students who do not hold an existing travel stipend through CIHR, MITACS, etc.

    Award Amount: $1,000 for PhD and $500 for MSc students.

    Number Awarded: Each student is eligible for 1 award during their program.

    Application Deadline: Ongoing

    How to Apply: The application form is here. Submit the completed application to the Graduate Research Program Coordinator.


    UBC Funding Opportunities

    The list below is not complete. UBC will often introduce new awards each year. Information on those awards will be sent to all graduate students via email.

    This award is given to the top incoming PhD student(s) in the program.

    Eligibility: PhD students. Students cannot hold a 4YF and tri-council funding concurrently

    Award Amount: $18,200 per year for four years, plus a tuition waiver.

    Number Awarded: 2- 4 per year (can change year to year)

    Application Deadline: N/A

    How to Apply: No application necessary. All incoming PhD students are automatically eligible for this award. Applications are adjudicated 1-2 weeks after the January 15th admissions deadline and based on information detailed within the application form at the time of application. For example, students who commenced study in January will still be considered for the award, but their application will be adjudicated based on information provided at the previous June admissions meeting.

    Other Award Details: Students must apply for tri-council funding until no longer eligible or until they are successful in receiving external funding. More details here.

    UBC has a large number of affiliated awards - Criteria are based on publication record, transcripts, previous awards, and service.

    Eligibility: PhD and MSc students

    Award Amount: varies, typically one-time awards for $3,000 or less

    Number Awarded: varies, the RHSC program receives a quota for how many students we can put forward to the UBC-wide competition

    How to apply: Details are on the MSc or PhD Affiliated Fellowships Page.

    The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides funding for travel for graduate students.

    Eligibility: PhD and MSc students

    Award Amount: $500

    Number Awarded: Each student is eligible for 1 award during their program

    How to apply: Details are on the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

    The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is responsible for merit-based graduate awards at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. Graduate Awards manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of both internally- and externally-funded awards.

    Eligibility: Post-doctoral Fellows, PhD students and MSc students

    How to apply: Information can be found here.

    UBC and its donors provide a range of financial support to reward academic and extracurricular achievements and support financial needs.

    Eligibility: PhD students and MSc students

    How to apply: Please follow the information listed here.


    External Awards

    The list below is not complete. Other agencies will often introduce new awards each year. Information on those awards will be sent to all graduate students via email.

    This is a very prestigious scholarship awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a combination of leadership and academic excellence. The RHSC graduate program submits a pre-specified number (currently, ~ 3) of our PhD students to the UBC adjudication panel, who will be judged with other UBC department students. Selected candidates will then be forwarded to the national competition.

    Eligibility: PhD students; Canadian, Permanent Resident, International

    Award Amount: $50,000

    Number Awarded: varies year to year

    Application Deadline: Thursday, 2 September 2021 at 12:00 noon Pacific Time

    How to apply: Application details can be found here.

    The RHSC graduate program submits a pre-specified number (currently, ~ 4) of our PhD students to the UBC adjudication panel, who will be judged with other UBC department students across all three Tri-Council agencies. Selected candidates will then be forwarded to the national competition.

    Eligibility: PhD students; Canadian or Permanent Resident

    Award Amount: $35,000

    Number Awarded: varies year to year

    Application Deadline: Tuesday, 14 September 2021 at 12 PM noon Pacific Time

    How to apply: Application details can be found here.

    The RHSC graduate program receives one CIHR allocation annually, which means that one of our MSc students will receive this award. We also submit an additional number (varies each year, currently ~6) of MSc candidates to the UBC adjudication panel, who will be judged with other UBC department students across all three Tri-Council agencies. Selected candidates will then be forwarded to the national competition.

    Eligibility: MSc students

    Award Amount: $17,500

    Number Awarded: 1 guaranteed, possibly more

    Application Deadline: December 2021; exact date to be determined.

    How to apply: Application details are found here.

    The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, and through gifts made during her lifetime. Their primary purpose is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts.

    The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. It was Mrs. Killam's desire that those selected to receive fellowships: "be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in a profession. A Killam scholar should not be a one-sided person... Special distinction of intellect should be founded upon sound character."

    Eligibility: Postdoctoral Students

    Award Amount: An annual stipend of $50,000 for a maximum of two years plus a travel and research allowance of $4,000 over two years

    Number Awarded: The number of new awards offered each year presently varies between three and five.

    Application Deadline: October 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm noon Pacific Time

    How to apply: Application details are found here.

    CACR is the national leader of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.

    Eligibility: PhD and MSc students

    Award Amount: $3,000

    Number Awarded: 4 (at least one for a PhD student and 1 for a MSc student)

    Application Deadline: Refer to their website.

    How to apply: Application details can be found here.

    This fellowship is awarded to RHSC students conducting research in respiratory rehabilitation.

    Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows and PhD students

    Award Amount: $12,500

    Number Awarded: 2

    Application Deadline: Spring 2022

    How to Apply: The application can be found here. Email completed application to the Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program Secretary.

    The CCHCSP offers PhD and Post Doc funding for pediatric research. As of October 2nd, 2020 all CCHCSP awards are on hold until further notice. Please check on their website for further update.

    Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows and PhD students

    Award Amount: Refer to their website.

    Number Awarded: Refer to their website.

    Application Deadline: As of October 2nd, 2020 all CCHCSP awards are on hold until further notice.

    How to Apply: The application can be found here. Please contact Dr Liisa Holsti (liisa.holsti@ubc.ca ) well in advance of the deadline if planning to apply.

    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 to be a preferred host institution for CSC scholarship holders. These scholarships will be awarded to students across a wide range of disciplines.

    Eligibility: PhD students who are citizens of China

    Award Amount: Approximately $26,400 stipend plus tuition costs

    Number Awarded: N/A

    Application Deadline: Spring 2022

    How to apply: Please follow the information listed here.

    Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation

    The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada offers a graduate scholarship to female Canadian citizens pursuing Ph.D. studies.

    Eligibility: PhD students

    How to apply: Please follow the information listed here.


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