Awards for students with disabilities

About the awards

Awards of different values and eligibility criteria are available for students with disabilities.

  • Scholarships are based on academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership. 
  • Bursaries are based on demonstrated financial need. 

Read award descriptions

Disability programs

British Columbia (BC) residents who are student loan approved and have a disability are encouraged to submit a Disability Programs Application to Student Aid BC. Once approved, you may be eligible for grants, additional financial support for services and equipment, and a reduced course load.

Eligibility requirements

You must meet all the following requirements to apply:

  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You are a UBC Vancouver student with a disability.
  • You're considered a full-time student (or approved by the Centre for Accessibility to study at a reduced course load).
  • You meet the terms for awards eligibility set out in UBC's Regulations Governing University Awards.
  • If you are not registered with the Centre for Accessibility, you must also provide supporting documentation.

Each scholarship or bursary has additional eligibility requirements such as financial need, nature of disability, or demonstrated merit. Read the award descriptions to determine your eligibility for specific awards.

If you are a part-time student and you have a disability that causes you to take a reduced course load, you may be considered for awards even if you registered for fewer than 24 credits per academic year.

For more information, contact an advisor from the Centre for Accessibility.

Before you apply

Detailed instructions are provided on the application form, but before you start your application, make sure you complete the following:

  1. Read through the awards descriptions to view specific eligibility criteria.
  2. To be considered for a bursary, you must apply for the UBC Bursary program by September 15, 2023.
  3. If you aren’t registered with the Centre for Accessibility, you’ll need to provide medical documentation to confirm your eligibility for award consideration. Email your documentation before Sep 29, 2023 to Accessibility Advisor AJ Krause at as well as to All medical information received by the Centre will be treated as confidential.


  • Applications open: Fri, Jul 14, 2023
  • Applications close: Fri, Sep 15, 2023

Additional resources

If you have questions

You can also connect with the Centre for Accessibility for disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives.