Financial Aid & Awards – Prospective Students

Graduate entrance funding is available for outstanding M.A. and Ph.D. students who have been accepted for full-time study in the Germanic Studies program. Inquiries about funding and eligibility should be addressed to the Graduate Advisor.

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships.

International students qualify for $3,200 in tuition support.

UBC also offers Four-Year Fellowships (4YF) for qualified PhD students.

The number of Four and Five year Fellowships available varies from year to year. The fellowships are awarded on the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor. Applicants wishing to be considered should ensure that the Graduate Advisor is in possession of their entire dossier by the deadline.

In addition, all students are expected to apply for Teaching and Research Assistantships, SSHRC scholarships, and Affiliated Awards, including the Killam Doctoral Fellowship which amounts to a total of $39,000 in funding, including full tuition coverage and a research travel allowance.

Funding for the 5th year of study is subject to budgetary considerations and to qualification such as satisfactory progress.

A sample PhD student funding breakdown can be obtained upon request.

Travel Support

We also offer Research Support for graduate students conducting research in Europe. Generally, we can offer up to $2,500 per student per trip awarded annually, on a competitive basis.

MA students receive base funding of at least $17,000 for a maximum of two years. This funding typically consists of a combination of Teaching Assistantships, scholarships and research assistantships.

Sample funding breakdowns can be obtained upon request.

UBC offers International Tuition Awards for international students who hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit). Students who receive external funding for their tuition which is equal to or higher than the value of the International Tuition Award are not eligible. Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies awards page for more information.

Additional funding may be available for all students, which may include a combination of the following:

  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Research Assistantships
  • Graduate Support Initiative scholarships: top-up funding
  • SSHRC and Affiliated Awards
  • Department-recommended awards
  • Travel grants
  • DAAD Scholarships and other outside funding sources

Teaching Assistants at UBC belong to the CUPE 2278 union, and are covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Pay Rates (as of Sept 1, 2016)
MA students: 5,789 per term
PhD students: 6,016 per term

Teaching assistants’ hours are limited to an average of no more than 12 hours a week, to a maximum of 196 hours per term.

Students applying to the graduate program in Germanic Studies will be considered for Teaching Assistantships at the time of their application. Students who are offered admission will be invited to submit an updated CV and cover letter during the formal application period for Teaching Assistantships.

Graduate faculty members typically have several Research Assistantships available each year. All graduate students in the Germanic Studies program are eligible to apply for RA positions in our department as well as in any UBC program. Specific details are to be outlined on RA-ship postings, and students are selected based on qualifications and department hiring guidelines.

Per the Graduate Studies website, “the Graduate Support Initiative is a program for funding graduate students through entrance scholarships, multi-year funding packages, tuition awards and scholarship top-up.” Please see the website for more information.

Eligible students enrolled in the M.A. or Ph.D. program in Germanic Studies may apply for Affiliated or SSHRC scholarships as part of the annual Graduate Awards Competition at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and under the guidance of the Graduate Advisor. The departmental deadline for applications to the Ph.D. Awards Competition is normally the fourth week of September. The deadline for M.A. awards applications is normally December 1st.


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) offers several Graduate Scholarships in the M.A. and Ph.D. program to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and meet the eligibility criteria. SSHRC Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence (first class standing) and research potential.

SSHRC-CGS Master’s Competition

The stipend for the Master’s competition is up to $17,500 for one year. Eligible M.A. students who intend to study at UBC in the 2016-2017 academic year may apply to the 2015 SSHRC CGS-Master’s competition. (For deadline information, please see: SSHRC-NSERC Tri-Agency website.) In their online application, students MUST indicate UBC as one of 5 universities they may wish to attend. Applicants to the CGS competition must immediately notify the Graduate Program Assistant of their intention to apply for 2016 admission to the Master’s program, and submit their application for admission before the deadline.

The stipend for the Master’s competition is up to $17,500 for one year. For the Doctoral program there are two types of fellowships in the range of $35,000 annually for up to three years, or $20,000 annually for up to four years.

SSHRC Doctoral Competition

For the Doctoral program there are two types of fellowships in the range of $35,000 annually for up to three years, or $20,000 annually for up to four years. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information.

Affiliated Awards Competition

Affiliated Fellowships are open to Master’s and PhD students regardless of citizenship or visa status. The awards are for full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree and are open to current and prospective full-time students. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, and fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000, but most are in the range of $16,000. Please see the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for full details regarding eligibility.

All graduate students are eligible to apply for travel assistance from the CENES Graduate Travel Award. Students must submit the application form and supporting documents (conference invitation, travel estimate) to the Graduate Advisor. Priority will be given to students who have not yet received a CENES Graduate Student Travel Grant and have been officially accepted by conference organizers to present a paper. Applications are due on April 1 for travel plans that will take place up to October 31 of the same year. If funding permits, a second due date will be November 1, for travel plans up to March 31 in the following year.

The CENES Graduate Student Travel Award may be combined with the graduate student travel award ($500) from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. We strongly encourage all students to apply for and use up the G+PS travel funds, first, including the Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award ($1500) and any other UBC travel awards for fellowship holders first.