Awards and Scholarships

All of our graduate students who do not hold external scholarships are automatically entitled to a cost of living stipend from their supervisors. On average stipends range from $22,000 to $31,000/year. Example of UBC Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student Financial Support.

Many of our grads hold external scholarships and we strongly encourage students to apply for these external awards. Apart from the prestige attached to winning, holders can also increase their income and gain additional funds in the form of research allowances.

Eligibility for these awards depends on your academic ability, potential for research and whether you are an international student or a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Thinking about applying for one of the Tri-Agency funding opportunities? The three Tri-Agencies are NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC. For students in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science you will only be concerned with the first two agencies as SSHRC is an Arts and Humanities scholarship.

When do you apply? Normally we have a September deadline for all of the PhD level scholarships.  Usually around December 1 will be the deadline for MSc level.

The Astell Award

The Astell Award is to recognize trainees at all levels in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC for outstanding commitment to activities related to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

Postdocs, PhD, Masters and undergraduate students in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are all encouraged to apply for the Astell Award. To apply, send your 2 page CV with an additional 2-3 sentence description of your EDI related activities to by July 31st, 2020 at 5 pm PST. Top candidates will be invited to share their experiences in person with the selection committee in August, and awards will be made directly to the trainee (up to 2 awards of $500) at the first fall talk of BMB departmental seminar series. For more information please contact Annie Ciernia or Thibault Mayor