Awards: scholarships and bursaries

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

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.

  • Scholarships 
    Scholarships are merit-based awards primarily based on academic achievement. In addition, 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 only 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 and/or research ability or 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.

Find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards.

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General awards

Any UBC student meeting the eligibility requirements are invited to apply to these awards.

Awards for specific student groups

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

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External awards

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

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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 Services 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 submit your question through the online form.