Most of the financial support for both MA and PhD students in the department is in the form of external awards, teaching assistantships, Four Year Fellowships (university-wide awards) and Graduate Support Initiative Awards.  The department works to combine these resources in order to offer students competitive funding packages. PhD students who are admitted to the program can normally expect offers of four years of support, while Masters students can expect up to two years. The department strongly suggests that potential students apply for external funding concurrently with their applications for admission, and will require that they do so once they are enrolled in the program.  click here for the SSHRC website.

External Awards

Canadian applicants are eligible for  SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and Master's Scholarships.   MA and PhD students may also apply for:

Tuition Awards

Other external awards—check with your current institution and inquire about awards that may be offered by your home country or by Foundations that support research in your area.

International scholarship opportunities for Canadians

Affiliated Fellowship

The FOGS offers AFs each year to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status.

Teaching Assistanships

Teaching Assistantships involve a variety of duties in the department's undergraduate courses, such as directing discussions groups, evaluating papers, and marking examinations. The stipends for 2015-2016 are the following:

MA - $11, 356
PhD - $11, 801

Teaching Assistants spend a maximum of 12 hours per week on average over the academic year teaching or teaching-related duties.

Please note that there are no fee exemptions for Teaching Assistants. All Teaching Assistants must pay the appropriate fees. These fees may be deferred, however, and deducted from the Teaching Assistant stipend. Every effort is made to assign persons to undergraduate courses which fall into their own field of specialization. There will be no renewals for MA students beyond the second year nor for PhD students beyond the fourth year. Teaching Assistants are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2278, and work under a collective agreement.

NOTE: All students who have been accepted into the graduate program will be automatically considered by the graduate committee for Teaching Assistantships; no application is required

Supplementary Fellowships

A small number of supplementary fellowships are awarded each year on the recommendation of the Department. The Chinese Railroad Workers’ Commemorative Scholarship ($1,500) is awarded annually to a graduate student who will make an important contribution to an understanding of multiculturalism in Canada. The Frederic H. Soward Memorial Fellowship ($2,000) is awarded every second year to a full-time graduate student in history studying international relations. The Consular Corps of British Columbia Graduate Scholarship in International Relations ($2,500) is awarded every second year to a graduate student pursuing a topic in international relations. The Native Daughters of B.C. Scholarship ($1,500) is awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student in history who is studying B.C. history and conducting research in the provincial archives. The Conway Travel Scholarship ($3000) supports graduate students traveling to Germany.

Tuition Awards

All prospective students are eligible for a Tuition Award from the Department of History. No application is necessary.

For more information regarding the Tuition Fee Awards, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS) page regarding this matter.

International Partial Tuition Scholarship

International Graduate Students are eligible for an International Partial Tuition Scholarship to assist with their tuition fees if they are registered in a full-time Master’s program or in the fifth or later years of doctoral programs. The award is equivalent to the tuition fee differential for international students; no application is required.

For more information about graduate awards, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.