Application Information


The main purpose of the ISGP is to enable qualified graduate students to pursue advanced interdisciplinary research exceeding the provisions of existing departmental programs. It facilitates neither the avoidance of academic requirements nor the pursuit of a particular definition of interdisciplinarity.


Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirement outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


Tuition cost, student fees, and cost of living can be calculated here. As per UBC-V Senate policy, all PhD applicants to the ISGP will be considered for Minimum Guaranteed Funding packages from the ISGP. Full/partial funding commitments from UBC supervisors or other confirmed UBC-sourced funding may increase the chance of an applicant being admitted, in the event an applicant is not qualified to receive one of ISGP funding packages.


Online applications open on November 1. Complete applications are due every year by January 15 @ 11:59 pm PST, for program start in the following September. All required application materials must be uploaded to your online application by the deadline. The ISGP office will not consider incomplete applications.

Applicants are evaluated by the ISGP Faculty Advisory Committee, and notified in March. If admitted, students may postpone program start date for up to one year. Students are also required to reside in Vancouver for the first year of their degree.

Application Deadline: January 15 (complete application including all supporting documents submitted online)


Application to the ISGP program is a lengthy process. Successful applicants often begin the process months in advance of the application deadline. If you are considering applying to the ISGP, the first steps are to to start approaching potential Co-Supervisors and to work with them on finalizing your research proposal, and after that to consult with the ISGP Program Chair for feedback on your Statement of Proposed Research Topic (SPRT) Form. For more information on the recommended timeline, please visit our Recommended Timeline page.

  1. Reach out to faculty with your preliminary Statement of Proposed Research Topic (SPRT) Form
  2. (Optional) With the help of potential Co-Supervisors, fine-tune and finalize your Statement of Proposed Research Topic (SPRT) Form and submit it to (by 4:30 pm on December 1, or 4:30 pm the following Monday only if December 1 falls on a weekend) well in advance of the application deadline (January 15) for a final review. The Program Chair will provide one-time feedback on your research proposal. This step also ensures that the ISGP program is suitable for you. Please note that this feedback is for consultation purposes and is not part of the formal application process. Since you will only receive feedback on your research proposal once, it is crucial to ensure the version you send to the ISGP is well-developed close to its final iteration. Please note that your SPRT Form must be reviewed by at least one potential Co-Supervisor in order to receive feedback. For more information on filling out the SPRT Form, go to Application Materials. NOTE: The ISGP will only review and provide feedback on the SPRT Form submitted before the 4:30 pm, December 1 deadline, prior to formal admission application.
  3. The online application comprises of:

    Document Uploads (by applicant)
    – Cover Letter of Intent – max. 1 page (“Statement of Intent” in online application)
    – Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Statement of Proposed Research Topic (SPRT) Form (NEW!) – max. 2 1/2 pages of text (not including bibliography) 
    Scan of (ALL) Official Post-Secondary Transcripts. Transcript submission guidelines are found

    Email Submission (by Co-Supervisors)

    – Two (2) ISGP Co-Supervisor Assessment & Agreement Forms (NEW!) – emailed by applicant’s two Co-Supervisors directly to 

    Online Submission/Uploads (by three referees)
    *NOTE: Your referees will only receive email notifications to submit references AFTER you finish and submit your online application.  Referees would have a week to complete and submit their references by January 22. Three (3) references must be submitted through your online application either as:1) eRef (for referees with institutional email) – click link within email notificationor2) “Report on Applicant” form / free-form letter in letterhead bearing signatures (for referees with non-institutional emails e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo…etc.) – emailed directly to

IMPORTANT NOTE: All required documents must be submitted through the online application portal as document uploads. Applicants’ documents emailed or submitted in person will not be accepted.