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 are merit-based awards that recognize academic achievement. Other merit awards based on achievements in areas like community involvement or athletics may also be available.


Bursaries are based on assessed unmet financial need. Student awards based solely on financial need are not indicated on a student's transcript. 

You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar.

General awards

Name Description Application period
UBC Bursary program Bursaries for students with unmet financial need June-September
Trek Excellence Scholarship Academic awards granted to the top continuing students No application required
Recommended awards Merit-based awards based on strong academic performance and community leadership, selected by faculties No application required
Affiliation scholarships Scholarships for students connected to a specific club or group June-July
Affiliation bursaries Bursaries for students connected to a specific club or group June-July
Premier Undergraduate &
Wesbrook Scholarships
Awarded to senior students with outstanding academics, leadership, and community involvement September-October
Rhodes Scholarship Scholarships to Oxford University, awarded to one student from each province September

Awards for specific student groups

Name Description Application period
Aboriginal students Scholarships and bursaries for Aboriginal Students June-July
Women in part-time studies Academic awards for women enrolled in less than 80% of a full-time course load June-July
Exchange programs Awards for students going on exchange June-July
Students with disabilities Need and merit-based awards for students with disabilities August-October
International students Scholarships for international students August-September
Incoming students Scholarships, bursaries, and financial support for prospective students and recent applicants Varies
Graduate students Funding options for students in graduate and postdoctoral programs  Varies