All Stipends are set up by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Please provide a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a Direct Deposit Form to the Graduate Program Coordinator in order to have your pay processed. International students must provide a valid study permit to the Graduate Program Coordinator upon arriving at UBC who will set up an Employment Contract in order for you to apply for a SIN. The Department employs graduate students as Graduate Research Assistance (GRA) unless they are supported by scholarships over 30K. Scholarship disbursements are generally governed by G+PS through your SSC. You must set up a separate Direct Deposit through SSC.
MSc students are guaranteed a stipend of 19K + 1K fees + tuition for a maximum of three years while working towards their degree.
PhD students are guaranteed a stipend of 20K + 1K fees + tuition for a maximum of 5 years while working towards their degree.
Students are required to complete 1 full TAship while working towards their degree and may have an opportunity to complete others. TAships are assigned in early summer of each year to students in their second year and beyond. The department employs graduate students not supported by scholarships as teaching assistants or by research supervisors as research assistants. There is no citizenship requirement for teaching assistantships or research assistantships. A list of offered MICB TAships is available here.
Graduate students receive financial support from a variety of sources. The University, on a competitive basis, awards scholarships. Graduate scholarships awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, etc., are tenable in the Department. Scholarships are an important supplement to a student's CV and income. A complete list of Graduate Student Awards is available on the Graduate Studies website. The Graduate Program Coordinator will also send updates and reminders to current students via the Microbiology and Immunology email list.
Click below to view our financial awards page.