Awards, scholarships and bursaries

UBC and our donors provide a range of financial support options to reward your academic and extracurricular achievements and meet your financial needs.

Award types

The most common types of awards administered by UBC are scholarships, based on academic achievement, and bursaries, which are based on financial need. Other merit-based awards based on criteria like community involvement or athletics may also be available. You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar.


Scholarships and bursaries

The UBC Bursary Program is available to domestic students with student loans and demonstrated unmet financial need. Your student loans must be confirmed by the bursary deadline, so we strongly recommend that you apply by July 15th for Winter session and April 1st for Summer session bursaries. Read more

Scholarships, awards, and prizes are provided by the University and many other donors and are usually based on academic performance. While most do not require that you indicate financial need, some combine need and merit. Read more

Affiliation bursaries and scholarships require that students have a connection to a specific group. Affilation bursaries are awarded based on demonstrated financial need, and affiliation scholarships are awarded on academic and other merit criteria. Read more

Awards for specific student groups

Visit to learn more about awards for students starting their studies UBC.

Visit Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to search for awards for graduate students

Find awards for international students as well as eligibility criteria and application instructions.

See what scholarships and bursaries are available to Aboriginal students, and what you need to apply.

UBC offers about 20 scholarships and bursaries to students with disabilities. Read more

There is a wide range of scholarships and bursaries available to students on Go Global exchange programs. Read more