Make the most of the financial resources available to you as a UBC student.

The Department of Linguistics has various funding opportunities for all graduate students including internal and external awards, scholarships, and research funding. New applicants to our MA and PhD programs will automatically be considered for any UBC-based funding, and don’t need to apply for this separately.

MA Program Funding

While there is no guarantee of MA funding, students in the Linguistics MA program typically receive a funding package of $25,500 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.

MDS-CL Program Funding

Students in the Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics will have access to a variety of funding options including bursaries and scholarships. For a comprehensive list of tuition and financial aid information, please visit the Master of Data Science website.

PhD Program Funding

All full-time PHD students will be provided with a minimum funding package of $25,500 for each of the first five years of their 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.

Program Funding Requirements

Students in either the MA, MDS, or PHD programs must meet two major requirements to receive this 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 (TAs) and Research Assistantships when these job ads are posted. Additionally, you must demonstrate a concerted effort in your applications for internal and external awards. Failure to apply for these opportunities will result in a loss of funding.

*Please review each award carefully before applying, certain restrictions may apply.


There are various internal and external awards available to graduate students in the Department of Linguistics. Please note that international students can only apply for Affiliated Awards, whereas Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for SSHRC and NSERC awards, in addition to certain Affiliated Awards.

Department Internal Awards

The department has a Graduate Student Job Interview Fund, which intends to support graduate (MA and PhD) 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”)

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 PhD 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 online form below. Please note that each application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's supervisor, to be either uploaded via the online form or emailed directly to by the relevant application deadline.

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

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.

Please 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 attendance.
  • 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.

An award of $1,000 is offered annually by alumni, faculty, students, and staff of the UBC Department of Linguistics in honour of Edna Dharmaratne for students in the Department of Linguistics who have achieved good academic standing and demonstrated volunteerism. Financial need may also be considered.

External Awards

Affiliated Awards

Research Proposals

For certain awards, you will be requested to submit a research proposal with your application. Below, we’ve included a few samples of successful research proposals from UBC Linguistics students.

*This proposal did not adhere to the formatting and length requirements, and was therefore truncated by Graduate Studies before being passed on to the adjudication committee.

Here are some additional guidelines that we’ve created to help you write your research proposal:

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