Conference and Research Awards

These funds are available for graduate students.

External Awards

All students are eligible for the funds from Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for conference travel once in their graduate program. To learn more about these funds, check out the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

The Faculty of Arts also offers an Arts Graduate Student Research Award. More information for the 2019-2020 application cycle can be found here.

Department Internal Awards

These awards are available from the Department of Linguistics.

Graduate Student Job Interview Fund

The department has a Graduate Student Job Interview Fund, which intends to support graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) students who are interviewing for academic or non-academic positions by providing funds associated with the purchase of professionally appropriate clothing or accessories for job-interview purposes.

  • Students can apply to the fund once during their graduate program
  • At the time of application, the student must already have a job interview scheduled (incl. interviews at major conferences, such as LSA, MLA)
  • Interviews for academic as well as non-academic (e.g. industry, “alt-ac”) jobs, permanent or temporary, are eligible
  • A maximum of $300 per student can be requested
  • Support will be in the form of a grant; it does not need to be repaid
  • However, recipients who are successful in obtaining a full-time position are encouraged to make a donation to the Edna Dharmaratne Award in Linguistics (an annual prize “to be awarded to a current graduate or undergraduate student in the department who demonstrates academic merit and financial need”)

Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson Graduate Student Conference Award

This award has been created thanks to a substantial contribution from the late Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson’s start-up funds and contributions from the Department of Linguistics operating funds. This is a competitive award and we encourage students who receive it to place it on their CV.

The goal of this travel award is to support student visibility for employment opportunities. The requirements and restrictions reflect this goal. To be eligible for this award, students must be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy and have had a paper/poster submitted or accepted to a conference or workshop at the time of application.

There will be three funding cycles per year, with recurring application deadlines as specified below. Note that UBC guidelines mandate that international travel planning (i.e., booking of flights, accommodations) should take place at least 21 days before the travel. Also note that travel reimbursement requests should be submitted no more than 30 days after travel is completed.

To submit an application, please use the on-line form below. Please note that each application must to be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's supervisor, to be either uploaded via the on-line form or emailed directly to by the relevant application deadline.

Click here to apply for this award.

Travel eligibility for each application cycle:

  • Apply by February 1 for travel departing April 1 to July 31
  • Apply by June 1 for travel departing August 1 to November 30
  • Apply by October 1 for travel departing December 1 to March 31

There is a $5000 cap for each award. Eligible expenses must follow the UBC Policy 83: Travel and Related Expenses, UBC Expenditure Guidelines, and Faculty of Arts guidelines and may include:

  • Airfare
  • Conference Registration fee
  • Accommodations (Given the purpose of this award is to support student visibility, we anticipate the student will be staying in the conference hotel or one nearby to facilitate networking opportunities)
  • Any relevant travel visa costs
  • Per diem for meals not included in conference registration (at current UBC meals per diem rates)
  • Local travel (public transit, taxi, shuttle to/from airport, etc.)
  • Mileage for travel in a personal vehicle (at current UBC mileage rates)
  • Poster printing

To apply, students must submit in an online form:

  1. A budget reflecting the travel expenses
  2. A brief description of the conference and its relevance for the student and their job prospects
  3. A letter from their supervisor justifying why this conference is the right choice for this student at this point in time (this must be submitted online, or emailed to by the application deadline)
  4. Evidence of a lack of other funding (in a demonstration of a lack of other funding, students must provide evidence or make an argument that their supervisor or other relevant faculty member does not have the means through research grants to provide financial support for the conference travel. This point should also be made by the supervisor in the supporting letter)

Decisions will be made within two weeks of each application deadline and will be made with the following priorities in mind:

  •  The committee will prioritize dissertation work.
  • The committee will prioritize students who are not on extension.
  • The committee will prioritize students who have not received the award previously.
  • Each student is eligible for a maximum of 2 of these awards in their graduate career. If a student is offered an award and must decline it for whatever reason, this will not count as having received an award.

For more information on this award, please contact the Graduate Advisor.


Graduate Research Initiative Prize (GRIP)

GRIP is a non-competitive award intended to support graduate student research in Linguistics. Students are eligible for a fixed amount throughout their graduate program. Given the current funding situation, students are eligible for the following amounts:

  • MA students: $500 per student per program, with no more than $500 in a single year.
  • PhD students: $1500 per student per program, with no more than $1000 in a single year.

Note that students are not eligible for this award until the second year of their graduate program. Students who transfer from the MA to PhD program are eligible in year 1 of their PhD program.


To be eligible for funds, students must have or be in the process of taking advantage of other funds for conference travel or research expenses (or have pledged to apply for awards post-completion, according to the rules of the specific awards). Students will be required to provide documentation related to the procurement of such awards, which include:

Eligible expenses for GRIP include:

  • Conference travel (Eligible expenses must follow the UBC Policy 83: Travel and Related Expenses, UBC Expenditure Guidelines, and Faculty of Arts guidelines)
  • Costs related to research. This includes paying research participants and consultants, costs of fieldwork travel, equipment costs, costs to maintain fieldwork community relationships, etc.

To apply for GRIP, you must submit a budget and rationale to the Graduate Advisor. You must also submit receipts or appropriate documentation once the money has been spent.

Email the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Staff to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis at any time of the year. This is a non-competitive award and each request will be granted, given the student and the expense are eligible.