Financial Awards

I.   Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

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  • Award Amounts: $17,500/year (PGS M); $21,000/year (PGS D); $17,500/year (CGSM); $35,000/year (CGSD)
  • Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

II.  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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  • Award Amounts: $21,000 (doctoral)/year; $35,000/year (CGSD) and $17,500/year (CGSM) 
  • Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

III.  Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)

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  • University of British Columbia offers a Four Year Fellowship for entering PhD students. Each year the Department is assigned a number of 4YF to award to top incoming applicants and transferring master students. The fellowship is valued at $18,200/year for 4 years of the students PhD program plus tuition. All incoming PhD students are eligible.

IV.  Vanier

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  • The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies Canadian and international students are eligible. Valued at $50,000/yr for 3 years.

V.   Zymeworks MSL MI Fellowship

Zymeworks, Inc., a leading biotechnology company within British Columbia, has partnered with the Michael Smith Laboratories and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia to support six 1-year Fellowships in Advanced Protein Therapeutics over three years.

Students conducting thesis research focused on relevant aspects of discovery and development of biologic therapeutics, as defined in the attached proposal, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The award is valued at $20,000 and is available to all PhD students that do not already hold a major award.


VI.   M&I Julia Levy Fellowship

The award is named after Dr. Julia Levy, the first woman faculty member in our department, who had an exceptional career and made important contributions to training the next generation of scientists.

All eligible PhD students conducting research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology should apply.

This $10,000 award is available to all PhD students that do not currently hold a major award.

See PDF attached for full details.

If you also apply for the MSL-M&I Zymeworks fellowship, you can apply to this fellowship as well, using  your Zymeworks application. To be eligible for this award, make sure you notify and send a copy of your  application to Darlene Birkenhead by the stated deadline