Major Funding Opportunities

Applying for Funding

We encourage students to start planning their award applications as early as the Summer months.  As is expected in interdisciplinary studies, the content and format of the proposals vary tremendously.

Here are some documents to help get you started:

Information on proposal writing

Resources for Award Applicants

Soliciting Great Scholarship Reference Letters

Tips for Successful Funding Applications

Also check out the Resources for Award Applicants on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) web site.

The sample proposals below are from successful applications, and can give you some ideas about how to present your research, background, and methodology in your upcoming proposals.

*Please note that information on the specific awards may change and the latest updates can be found on the funding agencies web sites.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Deadline: 11:59pm, September 12, 2016 on ResearchNet (online)

Vanier web site

Vanier information on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) web site

Vanier Selection Criteria

Sample Proposal 1 - Vanier
Sample Proposal 2 - Vanier
Sample Proposal 3 - Vanier

Application_nomination instructions - Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (*Document accurate as of downloaded date. Information may be updated without notice. Check Vanier web site for most current version)

(SAMPLE) Vanier Application (2016)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Deadline: October 4, 2016 @ 5:00pm PST on ResearchNet (online) 
IMPORTANT NOTE: UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) requires CIHR Routing Slip (pg.1), Signature Page with Supervisor signature (pg.2), and Institutional page - no signature in ink required (pg.3) one week before October 4th deadline.

CIHR Application Instructions

CIHR Application on ResearchNet

CIHR information on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) web site

ORS Instructions (under “CIHR eSubmission Procedures (Institutional e-Approval)”)

Sample Proposal 1 - CIHR
Sample Proposal 2 - CIHR

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Deadline (ISGP internal): Friday September 30, 2016 @4:00pm (to ISGP Office)

NSERC web site

NSERC information on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) web site

NSERC Doctoral Scholarships Application (Form 201) Instruction

NSERC Postgraduate (Doctoral) Scholarships Application (Form 201) - SAMPLE

UBC Affiliated Fellowships (Doctoral)

Deadline (ISGP internal): Friday September 30, 2016 @4:00pm (to ISGP Office)

- Both Domestic and International students are eligible
- If you are applying for SSHRC / NSERC, you are automatically considered for the Affiliated Fellowships (no separate application needed), but you must indicate (to ISGP) for which awards you would like to be considered on the list of Criteria-based UBC Affiliated Fellowships.
- If you are applying for CIHR, you must submit separate Affiliated Fellowship application if you want to be considered.

UBC Affiliated Fellowships information on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) web site

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Deadline (Trudeau Foundation Online Portal): Monday October 24, 2016 @ 11:59pm (PST)

Applications are submitted via the Trudeau Foundation application portal:

  • Create an account online at:
    • For University Name, enter "The University of British Columbia"
    • For Faculty or Department, enter "Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program"
  • Registrants will receive a username and password in 2-3 business days (check the spam folder)
  • Once access is granted, complete the application form, request three letters of recommendation, and upload transcripts
  • Verify with ISGP office that all your non-UBC academic transcripts are in file.
  • Order official UBC transcripts and send/bring to ISGP.
  • ISGP will email you a scan of all your transcripts in one PDF file.
  • Letters of Recommendation must be signed and either on letterhead or have referees’ names and contacts within letter.

Detailed application procedures are available here.

Trudeau web site

Trudeau Selection Criteria

Trudeau information on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) web site

Tri-Agencies CGS-M / UBC Affiliated Fellowships (Master's)

Deadline: Thursday December 1, 2016 @ 5:00pm PST

CGSM Online Application on Research Portal - Step-by-Step Guide

- email the ISGP office to request a scan of all your academic transcripts: you do not need to order official UBC transcripts.

- Confirm with your referees their willingness to submit a reference for you online. Let them know the timeline and when they would receive the email invitation

- Check out the detailed step-by-step application guide above

- Before you begin your online application, work on the following:

1) Outline of Proposed Research (1 pg. max) + bibliography/citation (1 pg. max)

2) Have the transcript scan ready

3) Create/update your Canadian Common CV (CCV) and have the confirmation # ready

Tri-Agencies CGS-M

- Detailed Information

- Application Instructions

- Research Portal (online application)

- With your CGS-M application, you will be automatically considered for the UBC Affiliated Fellowships. There is no need to submit a separate application. You must email the ISGP a list of Criteria-based Fellowships for which you would like to be considered

UBC Affiliated Fellowships (Master’s)

- Detailed Information

- Application form & Instructions

- Reference form

- If you are ineligible to apply to the Tri-Agencies CGS-M, you may still apply to the UBC Affiliated Fellowships (Master’s)

- Application deadline is also Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:00pm PST to the ISGP office via email

- Only electronic submission (by email) will be accepted

- Referees must use designated reference forms. No free-form letters will be accepted

- 2 references must be signed (e-signature OK) and emailed to the ISGP office directly from referees by the deadline