Funding and Employment

Funding Within UBC

In emergency situations, Enrollment Services may be able to help out with basic short-term funding. This is available to graduate as well as undergraduate students, and international as well as domestic students.

For more information, see:

EDST also has its own emergency funding for students.

Please see the "EDST Emergency Funding" policy on the EDST Policies page.

UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies (GPS)
Scholarships, Awards and Funding

Major Graduate Student Funding at GPS and EDST  [PDF]

Please check the regular NewsFlash you will receive from the Office of Research for pertinent information on upcoming grants.

UBC Policy 72: Access to the University of British Columbia


UBC Enrolment Services Professionals :

International Student Guide :

EDST : Graduate Student Travel and Conference Funding Policy can be found on our policies page 

G+PS : Graduate Student Travel Fund - LINK

Office of Research (Faculty of Education) : Student Travel Grants - LINK

Department Funding for Doctoral External Examiners was accepted at the Sept. 16, 2012 Department meeting although there was no motion.

Here is the text from the minutes : "The Faculty of Graduate Studies has decided it will match funding to bring in External Examiners for doctoral defenses. The Executive think this is a good idea. Funding would be $500 in North America and $1000 for international people, matched by FOGS."

Link: here

Funding Through SSHRC

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) is a federal agency that supports post-secondary research and training in the humanities and social sciences. See the application  Information Panel Booklet. Although the date on this booklet is for 2009 deadlines, the information remains a valuable resource on the SSHRC/UGF grant application process. Applications must be submitted through UBC.

In order to help you to optimize your success in Tri-Council and UGF grant competitions, the Office of Research have produced videos and other resources to provide you with advice and guidance through the application process.


GTAs are assigned to a course based on the tuition revenue generated by the course. The two main models are  (a) one GTA assigned to assist the instructor in a course with over 50 students, or (b) multiple GTAs assigned to the instructor of a large-lecture course; the GTAs then typically lead break-out discussion groups. EDST currently does not offer any courses that fit these models, although the Faculty of Education is examining whether there are courses that could in the future be converted to either of these models. EDST is also exploring whether it may want to offer new undergraduate courses in the future.

Doctoral candidates can apply to teach a course as a sessional instructor at UBC. Graduate students can teach courses within the conditions stipulated by Policy 75 ( and where they are appointed as Sessionals and hired into positions that have met posting requirements and other aspects of the hiring of Sessionals (

Policy 75 stipulates that:

  • Only post-candidacy PhD students can be appointed to teach courses as Instructors.
  • Permission needs to be provided at a variety of levels, including G+PS, with this form:
  • Those students must be appointed as Sessionals and not as GTAs to teach a course.
  • Policy 75 allows for rare “exceptions” for pre-candidacy PhD students. G+PS may grant exceptions on a one-time, individual case basis.

GRAs are hired by individual faculty members, typically with funding from a research grant. GRA positions can, but do not need to, be posted publicly. GRA positions are not distributed equally across the department: faculty members who obtain larger research grants are able to hire more GRAs.

In the past several years EDST has typically hired several GAAs per year, for roles such as Peer Advisor and Academic Research & Publication Assistant. Available funding and roles may vary year to year.

Students receiving scholarships whose cumulative total is equal to or greater than the value of the Tri-Agency Master’s scholarship ($17,500) are required to limit their number of hours of paid employment to 12 hours per week, averaged over the year. Requests for exceptions may be made to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

International students: Please check the information at