2021 University of British Columbia Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards to Study in Canada

  1. Funding Available

    The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) provides an annual allocation of Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) funding to disciplinary Faculties, who, in turn, allocate that funding amongst their graduate programs. Approximately $6.5 million is allocated to Faculties in late November each year to allow Faculties and graduate programs to plan their funding for the year ahead; the funds are available to be assigned to students as of the following May (e.g., allocation received in November 2017 can be assigned to students starting in May 2018).

    Disciplinary Faculties, graduate programs and individual supervisors may contribute additional funding toward their GSI funding pool. To do so, arrangements can be made to transfer the additional funds to G+PS, generally by including a Journal Voucher along with the award recommendations submitted to G+PS. Please note:

    • Graduate programs should not transfer funds to G+PS unless the JV is accompanied by award recommendations that spend those transferred funds (plus the base GSI allocation) completely
    • Funds transferred from a research PG are generally not accepted as a source of additional GSI



Students in all fields of graduate study at the UBC-Vancouver campus are eligible to receive GSI funding, except for those enrolled in the programs listed below:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Analytics
  • Master of Data Science
  • Master of Digital Media
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Leadership
  • Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Clinical Education
  • Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care
  • Master of Management
  • Doctor of Pharmacy

GSI funding is available to both international and domestic students.


GSI allocations are made to disciplinary Faculties, who in turn allocate those funds amongst their graduate programs. Faculties and graduate programs are to establish and publish criteria by which the GSI funding will be distributed amongst their graduate students. Students should refer questions regarding funding criteria and amounts to their graduate program or Faculty.