Awards: scholarships and bursaries

Award types

UBC and the University's donors provide a range of financial support to reward your academic and extracurricular achievements and meet your financial needs, including:

  • Scholarships 
    Scholarships are merit-based awards primarily based on academic achievement. Other merits such as community involvement or athletic achievements may also be considered.
  • Bursaries
    Bursaries are assessed based on unmet financial need. Student awards based solely or partially on financial need are not shown on a student's transcript.
  • Fellowships
    Fellowships are given at the start of the academic year to a graduate student primarily based on academic achievement, research ability or research potential.
  • Medals
    Medals are non-monetary awards given at the conclusion of an academic year to a graduating student, based primarily on academic achievement.
  • Prizes
    Prizes are given to a student at the end of the academic session to recognize performance in a particular course, research performance, or publication record.

Read through a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards.

Automatic consideration awards

Certain awards do not require an application. As a UBC student, you are automatically considered for the following awards:

  • Student Housing Supplement Grant
    Eligible students can receive additional financial support for their first-year residence experience.

  • Trek Excellence Scholarship
    Academic awards are granted to the top continuing students ranked in the top 5% of their year.

  • Faculty recommended awards
    Merit-based awards are presented based on strong academic performance and community leadership. Some faculties might require an application, so it is highly recommended to check-in with your faculty student services.

Apply for an award

Make sure you meet the award requirements and submit the application by the deadline.

General awards

Any UBC student who meets the eligibility requirements is invited to apply to these awards.

  • UBC Bursary Program
    UBC bursaries are designed to support students with unmet financial need.
  • UBC Vancouver Technology Bursary
    This one-time, needs-based bursary supports the costs of basic technology requirements deemed necessary for academic purposes.
  • Affiliation Bursaries
    These bursaries are based on financial need and for students connected to a specific club or group.
  • Affiliation scholarships
    These scholarships are based on merit such as academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership, for students in a specific club or group.
  • John R. Scarfo Wellness Bursary
    Funding is available for students who demonstrate a financial need and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarship
    These scholarships are awarded to senior students with outstanding academics, leadership, and community involvement.
  • Rhodes Scholarship
    Eleven Canadians are selected each year to join a class of 84 Scholars at the University of Oxford.
  • McCall MacBain Scholarship
    Graduate students in a master’s program at McGill University can apply for a leadership-driven scholarship.
  • 3M National Student Fellowship
    The fellowship honours 10 full-time diploma and undergraduate students at Canadian post-secondary institutions demonstrating outstanding leadership.

Awards for specific student groups

These awards are available for specific groups of students who meet additional requirements.

UBC Award Search

The UBC Award Search is a listing of UBC scholarships, bursaries, prizes, and awards. Find information on award criterias, descriptions on the faculty, scholarship donor, and student reference.

Use the tool

External awards

Organizations and groups outside of UBC also offer external awards for post-secondary students.

Additional resources

If you have questions

If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Service Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.

Graduate, postgraduate, and all other students can contact an Enrolment Services Advisor by calling 604 822 9836 or submitting a question through the online form.