Graduate Funding

Cost of Living

Graduate school is a major investment of time and money. The UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has a cost of living calculator to help you estimate your costs. This is an approximation of estimated costs.

 

PhD Students

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in Linguistics in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $22,000 for each of the first five years of their PhD program. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, graduate academic assistantships, or other campus work. UBC Linguistics is committed to guaranteeing all current PhD students into this promised funding level.

There are two major caveats to this promised level of financial support:

  • Students must make satisfactory academic progress. Failure to maintain academic good standing will result in a loss of funding.
  • Students must apply for Teaching Assistantships (two TAships a year; i.e., 8 months of being a TA) and Research Assistantships when these job ads are posted, and students must demonstrate a concerted effort in their applications for internal (Affiliated Awards) and external (SSHRC and NSERC scholarships). Failure to apply for these opportunities will result in a loss of funding. Note that international students can apply only for Affiliated Awards; Canadian citizens and permanent residents should definitely apply for SSHRC and NSERC awards, and can apply for certain Affiliated Awards.

See also our information page about applying for scholarships and awards.

 

MA Students

While there is no guarantee of MA funding, students in the Linguistics MA program typically receive a funding package of $22,000 for the first two years of their MA program. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, graduate academic assistantships, or other campus work.

There are two major caveats to this promised level of financial support:

  • Students must make satisfactory academic progress. Failure to maintain academic good standing will result in a loss of funding.
  • Students must apply for Teaching Assistantships (two TAships a year; i.e., 8 months of being a TA) and Research Assistantships when these job ads are posted, and students must demonstrate a concerted effort in their applications for internal (Affiliated Awards) and external (CGS-M scholarships, i.e. SSHRC / NSERC funded scholarships). Failure to apply for these opportunities will result in a loss of funding. Note that international students can apply only for Affiliated Awards; Canadian citizens and permanent residents should definitely apply for SSHRC and NSERC awards, and can apply for certain Affiliated Awards.

See also our information page about applying for scholarships and awards.