Funding

Make the most of the financial resources available to you as a UBC student.

UBC’s policy on financial support declares that no eligible Canadian student will be prevented from attending UBC for financial reasons alone.


Financial planning

Gain a better understanding of your costs and funding options by meeting with your Enrolment Services Advisor.


Funding options

Explore the financial support options available to you by considering a student loan, applying for a scholarship or bursary, or browsing through job opportunities.

UBC provides financial support through scholarships, bursaries, and other assistance programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are usually awarded based on merit, while bursaries are typically awarded based on financial need. There are also awards specifically for different types of students, as well as external award opportunities.

In UBC Arts, graduate students have access to a range of internal and external awards as well as employment opportunities as research and teaching assistants.


Undergraduate Arts awards that require an application

Arts Aboriginal Valour Award

  • Eligibility: Indigenous student studying within the Faculty of Arts and registered in at least 3 credits during the current winter session.
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Application deadline: November 1, 2020

This award was established to support an Aboriginal student pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts, who demonstrates leadership and has overcome adversity in completing their degree. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts, in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning. This award is endowed and can vary in amount each year. Normally it is in the range of $2,500

You must be recognized by UBC as an Indigenous student studying within the Faculty of Arts and registered in at least 3 credits during the current winter session.

Material Required

  • Resume:which includes all activities relating to community involvement with dates (maximum two pages)
  • Personal Statement:focusing on your community involvement and ways in which you have demonstrated leadership, positive influence and strength of purpose (maximum two pages)
  • 2 Reference Letters:letters must be submitted to us separately (outside of the application form you will complete). When deciding on your references please consider two references who can comment on your leadership and community involvement (faculty, employers, managers, or recent high school teachers). Reference letters should be submitted electronically and will only be accepted from professional e-mail accounts, personal-mail accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. will not be accepted. Reference letters should be e-mailed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected by an Arts Adjudication Committee. In selecting recipients, consideration is given to:

  • Community Involvement:Recipients of this scholarship will provide evidence of extensive involvement in activities at school, in the community and/or at the national/international level. Leadership and a passion for giving back or providing aid should be highlighted.

Submissions

  • We encourage you to have your Personal Statement and Resume ready to be uploaded at the time you begin your application. You will also have the option to save and continue should you need to.
  • Reference letters should be submitted electronically and will only be accepted from professional e-mail accounts, personal-mail accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. will not be accepted. Reference letters should be e-mailed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

If you have questions, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.


Eileen Clinton Award in Arts

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts enrolled in a minimum of 18 credits or sufficient to graduate, who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Application deadline: October 15, 2020

A $1,000 award is offered by Dr. Catherine Rawn in honour of Eileen Clinton, an influential high school teacher who encouraged Dr. Rawn to attend university. The award is available to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts enrolled in a minimum of 18 credits or sufficient to graduate, who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Preference is given to a student who is the first person in his or her immediate family to attend university.

You must be recognized by UBC as a full-time student studying within the Faculty of Arts and registered in a minimum of 18 credits in the current winter session, or sufficient credits to graduate. “Immediate family” includes only siblings, parents, grandparents, step-parents, and step-grandparents. Extended family is not included in the eligibility of this award.

Material Required

  • Resume: include all relevant activities, with dates.
  • Personal Statement: In a maximum of 500 words, explain why you chose to come to UBC. What was your drive? Did you have a mentor? Who influenced you to pursue your post-secondary studies? Are you the first person in your immediate family to attend university?

Submissions

  • We encourage you to have your Personal Statement and Resume ready to be uploaded at the time you begin your application. You will also have the option to save and continue should you need to.

If you have questions, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.


International Student Scholarship

  • Eligibility:  International Arts students
  • Amount: $2,500 - $5,000
  • Application deadline: November 4, 2020

The International Student Scholarship recognizes international Arts students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, engagement in the Faculty, and the potential to make a scholarly contribution within their chosen field of study.

Eligibility

  • You must have successfully completed at least 24 (percentage-graded) credits in the previous academic year, in any year level in the Faculty of Arts at UBC (BA, BFA, BMS, BMUS, BSW, BA/SCPO, BA/MM);
  • You must have an average of 75% or higher (with no failed courses) in the previous academic year, on a minimum of 24 credits. Your record has to be complete, with no missing grades or incomplete standing deferred exams.
  • You must be registered in at least 24 (percentage-graded) credits, in the current academic year or the minimum credit load you require to graduate if you are in Year 4. The only exception to the 24-credit requirement is if you are in your final winter session and need less than 24 credits to graduate, in which case an award may be pro-rated by the number of credits taken.
  • If you were on exchange for one term, or for the full year, you will need to provide your exchange transcript, and you must have completed a minimum of 24 credits with an average of 75% or greater while on exchange.
  • If you were in a half-year Co-op placement in the previous academic year, you are eligible if you were also enrolled in a minimum of (12 percentage-graded)
  • If you are in a half-year Co-op placement in the current academic year, you are eligible if you are also enrolled in a minimum of (12 percentage-graded) credits.
  • If you are in a full-year Co-op placement in the current academic year and receive this award, it will be deferred until the following academic winter term.
  • If you were in a full-year Co-op placement the previous academic year , you are ineligible for this award.

*Courses completed during summer terms do not count towards your GPA, or credit load for award eligibility

**Courses taken as Cr/D/F are not considered percentage-graded credits

Non-academic Criteria

In terms of “engagement in the Faculty, and the potential to make a scholarly contribution within their chosen field of study”, we want to know what interests you, what you are doing to explore your interests, what you feel are your accomplishments, and what you are learning from your time as a UBC Arts student. Think about what you have done, what you are learning, and where you think it is leading you.

Engagement could be through a club, a peer group, a service organization, a sports team, an academic competition or another type of activity that you feel would fall under the umbrella of “involvement”. It could also be that you have done something entirely on your own to make a difference to your field of study or the wider world. Your contribution could be as a “leader”, but that kind of role is not necessary.

Your involvement in Arts could mean, among other things, taking part in a research project as part of a course, volunteering in the community, or connecting with the faculty through a variety of experimental learning opportunities that are available (Co-op, Arts Internship, Global exchanges, tri-mentoring, etc.).

Material Required

In a maximum of 500 words, write a description of your involvement/engagement within the Faculty of Arts, including an explanation of what you have learned about the world and yourself. If you are involved in more than one activity, you may describe the one that has been the most meaningful to you or you may describe more than one. Do not simply list activities. Use the word limit wisely. This is not an essay contest so perfect grammar and spelling are not going to be marked, but “formal” writing (i.e., sentences, paragraphs) is expected. Include your family name, first name and UBC student number in a header on the top of your submission. All submitted documents should be in PDF format.

Submissions

We encourage you to have your submission ready to be uploaded at the time you begin your application. You will also have the option to save and continue should you need to.

If you have questions, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.


Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students entering their third or fourth year of study in the Faculty of Arts (Vancouver Campus).
  • Amount: $17,500
  • Application deadline: October 15, 2020

Scholarship(s) totaling $17,500 have been endowed by friends and family in honour of Associate Professor Emerita Katherine Brearley (BA’35, MA’39, Doctorat Universite de Paris) for undergraduate students entering their third or fourth year of study in the Faculty of Arts (Vancouver Campus) for the current winter session. In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be entering their third or fourth year of study in the Faculty of Arts at the UBC Vancouver Campus for the current winter session
  • Candidates must meet UBC Vancouver Senate Policy on eligibility to receive awards for full time students. Qualified students must have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average of 80% in the previous winter session; and, in their current winter session, students must have officially declared a major/honours/combined specialization. Full-time status means a student within the Faculty of Arts is registered in a minimum of 24 credits in the current winter session, or sufficient to graduate, with 24 percentage graded courses in the previous winter session with no failures or missing grades. However, students registered with the Centre for Accessibilitymay be eligible on an approved reduced course load.

Material Required

  • Resume:which includes all activities relating to community involvement with dates (maximum two pages)
  • Personal Statement:focusing your community/national/international involvement and ways in which you have demonstrated leadership, positive influence and strength of purpose (maximum two pages)
  • 2 reference letters:letters must be submitted to us separately (outside of the application form you will complete). When deciding on your references please consider two references who can comment on your leadership and community involvement (faculty, employers, managers, or recent high school teachers). Reference letters should be submitted electronically and will only be accepted from professional e-mail accounts, personal-mail accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. will not be accepted. Reference letters should be e-mailed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected by an Arts Adjudication Committee. In selecting recipients, consideration is given to:

  • Community Involvement:Recipients of this scholarship will provide evidence of extensive involvement in activities at school, in the community and/or at the national/international level. Leadership and a passion for giving back or providing aid should be highlighted.
  • Strong academic performance:Applicants will have met full time eligibility criteria as noted above and achieved a minimum of 80% in the previous winter session.

Submissions

  • We encourage you to have your Personal Statement and Resume ready to be uploaded at the time you begin your application. You will also have the option to save and continue should you need to.
  • Reference letters should be submitted electronically and will only be accepted from professional e-mail accounts, personal-mail accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. will not be accepted. Reference letters should be e-mailed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

If you have any questions, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.


Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Students who are eligible to apply for this award are determined by Enrolment Services.
  • Amount: Awards range from 20 Wesbrook Scholar designations ($1,000 each) to renewable scholarships of $20,000 over two years (Premier Undergraduate Scholarships).
  • Application deadline: This award is by invitation only. Eligible students will receive an e-mail in early September informing them of their eligibility.

The Premier Undergraduate Scholarships and Wesbrook Scholars are the University’s most prestigious designations given to senior students with outstanding academic performance, leadership and involvement in student and community activities. Awards range from 20 Wesbrook Scholar designations ($1,000 each) to renewable scholarships of $20,000 over two years (Premier Undergraduate Scholarships).

There are strict eligibility requirements which can be found on the PUS/Wesbrook website.

Students who are eligible to apply for this award are determined by Enrolment Services and will receive personal e-mail communication from the Faculty of Arts informing them of their eligibility. If you do not receive this personal invitation and, if after reviewing the PUS/Wesbrook website you believe that you meet the award’s eligibility criteria, please contact your ESP to confirm if you are eligible.

You are also welcome to attend an information webinar hosted by Enrolment Services on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:00pm. The webinar will cover tips and tricks for putting together your personal statement and statement of activities as well as highlighting past winners.

Please note that attending the webinar is not a mandatory component of this award.

Stage 1: Students Request to Apply
Deadline: Noon on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Faculty of Arts has hundreds of students who are eligible to apply for this award. In an effort to select the 20 most outstanding candidates for nomination to the university wide competition, we conduct a pre-screening process (Stage 1). At this stage we ask that you submit your application for review. In reviewing your submission, we are looking to identify students with outstanding leadership experience, and a contribution to community. In our experience, students who are successful in this competition speak to unique experiences and tell a compelling story. This could be as a leader in a group, sports team, or in the community, either on or off campus. A strong application will tell us about yourself, what you are passionate about, your experiences and your goals for the future. This really is an opportunity for you to share your story.

Personal statement (Max 500 words) – An important part of this application is letting UBC know who you are and what makes you extraordinary. In your personal statement, speak to your most important accomplishments and experiences during your undergraduate studies at UBC. This can include your general interests, leadership roles, activities, clubs, academic projects and/or research, sports, volunteer and/or work experiences, as well as your goals for the future. Your statement should be written in the first person, maximum 500 words and submitted as a pdf document.

Statement of Activities (Max 1 page) – Your statement of activities should focus on your accomplishments over the last three to four years. Your statement of activities must be no more than one page, have a minimum font size of 12 and margins of least ¾” and be formatted as follows:

  • Personal Information (name, address)
  • Academic Achievements and Education (details/awards/dates for each)
  • University Activities (details/dates for each)
  • Community & Volunteer Services (details of involvement/dates for each)
  • Athletics (team or individual) (details/dates for each)
  • Other Activities (details/dates for each)

Dates should include the month, year and if applicable, hours per week (e.g. Feb 2017 to Aug 2018; 3 hours per week.)

References – Please DO NOT include any recommendation/reference letters at this point, only tell us who you are planning to ask if you should you proceed to the application stage. Only students who are invited to apply in round 2 will need to seek reference letters.

Stage 2: Submission of Completed Application Package
Deadline:  Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Students who are invited to submit a full application will receive additional information on how to do so. Application items will include an on-line application form, personal statement and reference letters submitted by your referees directly.

All students who submitted a completed application will be informed if they moved onto the next step – the university-wide stage.

The Faculty of Arts follows a UNIQUE application process with deadlines that differ from those advertised by Enrolment Services.

For the current Academic Year the deadlines that Faculty of Arts students MUST follow are:

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020: By noon – Deadline to complete “Stage 1: Students Request to Apply”.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Deadline to complete “Stage 2: Submission of Completed Application Package”. Deadline for receipt of all reference letters to Enrolment Services.
  • Early November: The Office of the Dean submits 20 nominated applications to Enrolment Services.


Russ Patrick Arts Undergraduate Research Writing Award

  • Eligibility: The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts Awards Committee.
  • Amount: $500 to $1,000
  • Application deadline: November 1, 2020

The Russ Patrick Arts Undergraduate Student Research Award was endowed in 2009 by Russ Patrick to recognize the outstanding achievement in research writing by an Arts undergraduate student.

The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts Awards Committee. Submissions are judged by professional standards and assessed on their ability to communicate the research and its significance to a non-specialist audience.

• Submissions should be structured in a research paper format with citations and formal language, exactly as would be produced for a UBC course, and should not exceed 2,000 words.
• We encourage the faculty supervisor/instructor to include a private nomination with the report/paper.
• Papers should be submitted in PDF format to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

If November 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the first business day after November 1.

If you have any questions, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.


William and Nona Heaslip Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students entering their second year of study in the Faculty of Arts at the UBC Vancouver Campus.
  • Amount: $45,000 scholarship ($15,000 per year over three years)
  • Application deadline: October 15, 2020

The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation offers a $45,000 scholarship ($15,000 per year over three years) to two eligible undergraduate students entering Year 2. Candidates must be in receipt of Government Student Loans, show outstanding community involvement, and leadership tempered with a strong first year academic performance (minimum 75% average). The award is renewable to UBC Vancouver Arts students for an additional two years or until a first undergraduate degree is obtained (whichever is the shorter period). The awards are made on the recommendation of a selection committee within the Faculty of Arts. (Total possible value $45,000 over 3 years.)

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be entering their second year of study in the Faculty of Arts at the UBC Vancouver Campus for the current winter session
  • Demonstrate financial need by receipt of a Government Student Loan in the previous or current winter session. This information must be available from your UBC ESP by the award deadline
  • Candidates must be registered in a minimum of 24 percentage-graded credits in the previous academic year and a minimum of 24 credits in the current academic year with no failures or missing grades. Students with university-approved reduced course loads are also eligible.

Material Required

  • Personal Statement:focusing on your community/national/international involvement and ways in which you have demonstrated leadership, positive influence and strength of purpose (maximum two pages)
  • Resume:which includes all activities relating to community involvement with dates (maximum two pages)
  • 2 reference letters:letters must be submitted to us separately (outside of the application form you will complete). When deciding on your references please consider two references who can comment on your leadership and community involvement (faculty, employers, managers, or recent high school teachers). Reference letters should be submitted electronically and will only be accepted from professional e-mail accounts, personal-mail accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. will not be accepted. Reference letters should be e-mailed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected by an Arts Adjudication Committee. In selecting recipients, consideration is given to:

  • Community involvement:Recipients of this scholarship will provide evidence of extensive involvement in activities at school, in the community and/or at the national/international level. Leadership and a passion for giving back should be highlighted.
  • Strong academic performance:Applicants will have met full time eligibility criteria of 24 credits in the previous and current winter sessions, and achieved a minimum average of 75% in the previous winter session.

Submissions

  • We encourage you to have your Personal Statement and Resume ready to be uploaded at the time you begin your application. You will also have the option to save and continue should you need to.
  • Reference letters should be submitted electronically and will only be accepted from professional e-mail accounts, personal-mail accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. will not be accepted. Reference letters should be e-mailed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

Note: Recipients of “renewable” scholarships should be aware that, if selected for the Heaslip Scholarship, you may be required to decline other “renewable” scholarships you may have received. This may be in your best interest if your previous award was less than $15,000 per year for three years.

If you have any questions, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.

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