Types of Awards

There are a number of different awards available for you to create, allowing UBC students the opportunity to realize their dreams, contribute to society, and go out into the world equipped to make a difference. Many awards are established in honour or in memory of a family member, friend, or colleague, and can be a fitting way to recognize the accomplishments of someone who has touched your life.


Fellowships are prestigious awards, enabling students to concentrate full-time on their studies and research. Usually given to students enrolled in programs at the Master’s or Doctoral level, fellowships are granted on the basis of academic excellence and/or research productivity. UBC suggests a minimum of $20,000 is made available for annual distribution, although some of the University’s more prestigious fellowships have been established at the $25,000 level.


Scholarships recognize academic achievement and assist recipients with the cost of continuing their education. These merit-based awards are granted to students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and are valued at $1,000 or greater. For your scholarship to have a maximum impact, we suggest that each award provides for a significant portion of a student’s tuition, student fees, and textbook costs, which typically range from $5,600 to $9,000 a year.


Bursaries assist students with expenses incurred while pursuing an academic program and are valued at $1,000 or greater. The primary consideration in the selection for your bursary’s recipients is financial need.


Prizes are awarded to students for academic excellence or achievement in a particular subject area and are valued at $1,000 or greater. Some prizes are granted to students only upon graduation.

Service and Other Awards

Service awards are provided to both graduate and undergraduate students in good academic standing who have demonstrated participation or excellence in a range of non-academic fields, such as community service, student leadership, volunteerism, international study abroad, service learning, cooperative education, and/or athletic or artistic performance. These awards are valued at $1,000 or greater.