Awards and Funding

At UBC there are many funding opportunities available to graduate students in research-based programs. Students are recommended to discuss their funding options with their supervisors. Below is a list of the largest award competitions held at UBC each year, which many of our ECE students are eligible to apply for. For a full list of all graduate student awards available to at UBC, please visit the Graduate Studies Award Opportunities website.

2021-2022 ECE Scholarship Committee

The ECE Scholarship Committee is responsible for receiving, reviewing, and adjudicating applications for the larger award competitions listed below. For questions about award opportunities, students are welcome to email help@ece.ubc.ca.

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Lutz Lampe – Committee Chair
  • Dr. Lele Wang
  • Dr. Jane Wang
  • Dr. Kosta Beznosov
  • Dr. Edmond Cretu
  • Dr. Prashant Nair
  • Dr. Juri Jatskevich

Main Award Competitions for Graduate Students:

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/four-year-doctoral-fellowship-4yf

Who can apply?: International and Domestic PhD applicants

2020 Competition Timeline: The competition will be announced to the ECE faculty in January each year, who are directed to nominate their chosen students. Students hoping to be nominated for this award are recommended to speak with their supervisors upon admission to the program. In order to be nominated, students must have completed their graduate program application by the time of nomination.

The ECE department is pleased to offer a number of Four Year Fellowships to outstanding selected Ph.D. applicants. This fellowship consists of an annual stipend of $18,200 plus full tuition for 4 years. In addition, the nominating supervisor will offer a minimum top-up award of $4,000 to FYF award holders for a total award package of $22,200 plus full tuition. Applicants will be nominated by accepting supervisors.

NSERC Doctoral Award Competition

Who can apply?:  Canadians and Permanent Residents (Some restrictions may apply based on months in program. See the graduate studies website above for details. Those who are not eligible for NSERC may still be able to apply for the Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Competition).

2021 Competition Timeline: All applications (including references) must be received by the department by 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.

PROCESS: There are three adjudication stages in the NSERC Scholarship process: Departmental, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and NSERC.

You will submit your application to the ECE Department. The Department's Scholarship Committee will rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the Department's quota is filled) to the University. The G+PS Graduate Scholarship Committee(s) will then rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the University's quota is filled) to NSERC. Finally, NSERC's Scholarship Committee(s) will rank applications and inform the University as to which applications have been chosen for funding.

Please note that all students who submit an application to the NSERC Scholarship Competition are automatically considered in the Affiliated Scholarship Competition and the departmental GSI competition. To be considered for CRITERIA BASED AFFILIATED AWARDS, please complete the Criteria-Based Affiliated Fellowship Checklist and submit it to help@ece.ubc.ca with your NSERC application, as mentioned in the procedures below.

The below information details the submission procedure you should follow:

(1) Email help@ece.ubc.ca to generate a service request and to declare your intention to apply. Please include your full name, student number, and the award name in your email, and use a subject line of the following format:

"2021W DOCTORAL NSERC APPLICATION - <YOUR NAME>"

(2) Keep track of the service request reference number.  You will receive an automatic response with a reference number of the format "[ece.ubc.ca #123456]". Take note of the service request reference number (eg "123456"; hereafter RT#) in the automatic reply as you will need it for further processing of your file.

(3) Prepare your NSERC application

Visit the NSERC website and create an application.  Please ensure that you complete all the sections per the instructions on the NSERC website.  We suggest that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues.  Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that the reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal.

REGARDING TRANSCRIPTS:  The NSERC application will ask for an institution contact and email address for your transcripts. Please enter: Ross Sheppard, help@ece.ubc.ca. Applicants are responsible to confirm with the graduate program office which transcripts our graduate program already has on file for you. If you would like us to use the transcripts we have on your student file, please email help.

REGARDING REFERENCES:  The NSERC application will ask for your referee names and their email addresses.  Your referees will submit directly to NSERC.  Be sure to follow up with your referees to ensure that they submit the documents by the deadline of September 14th, 2021, 12:00pm. NSERC will forward the referee letters to the University who, in turn, will forward them to the Department for the Department Scholarship Committee's use.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES: When listing publications, please identify the type of publication (paper, poster, something else), include the number of pages, and state if a listed item has been submitted but has not been accepted for publication or published yet. Please also make sure that all of the details on your application are correct before you submit your application through the NSERC portal. There may need to be modifications and corrections to the details of your application after you submit to our graduate program, so you are welcome to email help if you have any questions or concerns before submitting to NSERC.

(4) When you are ready to provide your application to help@ece.ubc.ca, please complete the following steps:

  • Save the NSERC application as a PDF document by clicking Preview [REMEMBER TO NOT CLICK SUBMIT]. Please name the file with the following format: "LastName_FirstName_NSERC_Application.pdf"
  • Save a PDF of the Criteria-Based Affiliated Fellowship Checklist. Please name the file with the following format: "LastName_FirstName_ApplicationAffiliated.pdf"
  • Email both of the files to rt+(your RT#)@ece.ubc.ca (eg: rt+123456@ece.ubc.ca. This will attach the files to the help request that you created in step 1 above.
  • Combine all of your transcripts into one PDF file (in order, starting with the most recent transcript) and name the file with the following format: "LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf". Email this transcript file to your RT ticket to attach your transcript to the service request that you created in step one above.

As mentioned above, if you need to request transcripts that the department already has on your student file, please email help@ece.ubc.ca. If the department does not have usable transcripts on your file, you will need to submit original transcripts in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s) to the Graduate Program office (KAIS 5500).

For details on the doctoral Affiliated competition, see below and please visit here.

NSERC Master's Award Competition

Who can apply?:  Canadians and Permanent Residents (Some restrictions may apply based on months in program. See the graduate students website above for details. Those who are not eligible for NSERC may still be able to apply for the Affiliated Fellowships Masters Competition).

2021 Competition Timeline: All applications (including references) must be received by the department by December 1st, 2021, 5:00pm

PROCESS: There are three adjudication stages in the NSERC Scholarship process: Departmental, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and NSERC.

You will submit your application to the Department. The Department's Scholarship Committee will rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the Department's quota is filled) to the University. The G+PS Graduate Scholarship Committee(s) will then rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the University's quota is filled) to NSERC. Finally, NSERC's Scholarship Committee(s) will rank applications and inform the University as to which applications have been chosen for funding.

Please note that all students who submit an application to the NSERC Scholarship Competition are automatically considered in the Affiliated Scholarship Competition and the departmental GSI competition. To be considered for CRITERIA BASED AFFILIATED AWARDS, please complete the Criteria-Based Affiliated Fellowship Checklist and submit it to help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca with your NSERC application, as mentioned in the procedures below.
The below information details the submission procedure you should follow:

(1) Email help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca to generate a service request and to declare your intention to apply.  Please include your full name, student number, and the award name in your email, and use a subject line of the following format:

"2021W MASTERS NSERC APPLICATION - YOUR NAME"

(2) Keep track of the service request reference number.  You will receive an automatic response with a reference number of the format "[ece.ubc.ca #123456]". Take note of the service request reference number (eg "123456"; hereafter RT#) in the automatic reply as you will need it for further processing of your file.

(3) Prepare your application

Visit the NSERC website and create an application.  Please ensure that you complete all the sections per the instructions on the NSERC website.  We recommend that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues.  Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that the reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal.

REGARDING TRANSCRIPTS: The NSERC application will ask for an institution contact and email address for your transcripts. Please enter: "Ross Sheppard help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca". Applicants are responsible to confirm with the graduate program office which transcripts our graduate program already has on file for you. If you would like us to use the transcripts we have on your student file, please email help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca.

REGARDING REFERENCES: The NSERC application will ask for your referee names and their email addresses.  Your referees will submit directly to NSERC.  Be sure to follow up with your referees to ensure that they submit the documents by the deadline of December 2nd, 2019, 5:00pm. NSERC will forward the referee letters to the University who, in turn, will forward them to the Department for the Department Scholarship Committee's use.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure that all of the details on your application are correct before you submit your application through the NSERC portal. There may need to be modifications and corrections to the details of your application after you submit to our graduate program, so you are welcome to email us at help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca if you have any questions or concerns before submitting to NSERC.

(4) When you are ready to provide your application to the graduate program, please complete the following steps:

  • Save the NSERC application as a PDF document by clicking Preview. Please name the file with the following format: "LastName_FirstName_NSERC_Application.pdf"
  • Save a PDF of the Criteria-Based Affiliated Fellowship Checklist. Please name the file with the following format: "LastName_FirstName_ApplicationAffiliated.pdf"
  • Email both of the files to rt+<RT#>@ece.ubc.ca (eg: rt+123456 [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca). This will attach the files to the help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca request that you created in step 1 above.
  • Combine all of your transcripts into one PDF file (in order, starting with the most recent transcript) and name the file with the following format: "LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf". Email this transript file to rt+<RT#>@ece.ubc.ca (eg: rt+123456 [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca). This will attach your transcript to the service request that you created in step one above.

As mentioned above, if you need to request transcripts that the department already has on your student file, please email help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca. If the department does not have usable transcripts on your file, you will need to submit original transcripts in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s) to the Graduate Program office (KAIS 5500).

For details on the masters-level Affiliated competition, please visit here.

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-doctoral-program

Who can apply?:  Canadians, Permanent Residents and International Students

2021 Competition Timeline:  All award applications must be sent to the department by September 14th, 2021 at 12:00pm. Please note that all applicants for the 2021 Affiliated-Doctoral competition must apply for PhD admission by December 1, 2021.

Process: There are two adjudication stages in the Affiliated Scholarship process: Departmental and University. You will submit your application to the ECE Department. The Department's Award Committee will rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the Department's quota is filled) to the University for a second round of ranking. Please note that some awards are "criteria-based" meaning that there are certain criteria that the applicant (gender, first nations' status, etc.) or that the research (multiple sclerosis, etc.) must meet.

EECE applicants applying for the affiliated award will also be automatically considered for the GSI award competition. A separate GSI application is not required.

PROCEDURE:

(1) Email help@ece.ubc.ca to generate a service request and to declare your intention to apply.  Please use a subject line of the following format: "2021W DOCTORAL AFFILIATED APPLICATION - <NAME>".

(2) Keep track of the service request reference number.  You will receive an automatic response with a reference number of the format "[ece.ubc.ca #123456]". Take note of the service request reference number (eg "123456"; hereafter RT#) in the automatic reply as you will need it for further processing of your file.

(3) Prepare your application

Visit the G+PS website [1] and create your application.

Please ensure that you complete all the sections as indicated by the instructions on the application instructions.  We suggest that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues.  Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that the reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal. IMPORTANT NOTE: When listing publications, please identify the type of publication (paper, poster, something else), include the number of pages, and state if a listed item has been submitted but not been accepted for publication or published yet

When ready to provide your application to the Department, save the Affiliated application as a PDF document.  Please use a file name of the following format: "LastName_FirstName_AffiliatedApplication.pdf". Email your application PDF file to rt+<RT#>@ece.ubc.ca (eg: rt+123456@ece.ubc.ca). This will attach your application to the service request that you created previously.

(4) Save a PDF version of your official transcript. Please combine the scans for all your original transcripts (in order, starting with the most recent transcript) into one PDF file, and use a file name of the following format: "LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf". Email your transcript file to your RT ticket to attach your transcript to the service request that you created previously.

(5) If necessary, submit original transcripts in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s) to the Grad Program Office (KAIS 5500) if you have not already confirmed that EECE has usable transcripts on file. To confirm if we have your transcripts, you are welcome to email help.

Please note that you must submit transcripts for all the post-secondary institutions (including colleges) that you have attended other than UBC.

(6) Arrange for your 2 referees to complete the Affiliated Fellowship Reference Form. Please instruct your referees to submit references by email to references@ece.ubc.ca by the Department deadline of September 14th, 2021, 12:00pm. Please also remind your referees to sign the form before submitting.

For all forms and eligibility requirements, please visit here.

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-masters-program

Who can apply?: Canadians, Permanent Residents and International Students

2021 Competition Timeline: All award applications must be sent to the department by 5:00pm PST on December 1st, 2021. . Please note that all applicants for the 2021-2022 Affiliated-Master's competition must apply for MASc admission by December 1, 2021.

Process: There are two adjudication stages in the Affiliated Scholarship process: Departmental and University. You will submit your application to the ECE Department. The Department's Award Committee will rank applications and submit the highest ranked applications (until the Department's quota is filled) to the University for a second round of ranking. Please note that some awards are "criteria-based" meaning that there are certain criteria that the applicant (gender, first nations' status, etc.) or that the research (multiple sclerosis, etc.) must meet.

EECE applicants applying for the affiliated award will also be automatically considered for the masters-level GSI award competition. A separate GSI application is not required.

PROCEDURE:

(1) Email help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca to generate a service request and to declare your intention to apply.  Please use a subject line of the following format: "2021W MASTERS AFFILIATED APPLICATION - YOUR NAME".

(2) Keep track of the service request reference number.  You will receive an automatic response with a reference number of the format "[ece.ubc.ca #123456]". Take note of the service request reference number (eg "123456"; hereafter RT#) in the automatic reply as you will need it for further processing of your file.

(3) Prepare your application

Visit the G+PS website and create your application.

Please ensure that you complete all the sections as indicated by the instructions on the application instructions.  We suggest that you review your application with your thesis supervisor and colleagues.  Remember that your application should be concise and without too much technical language so that the reviewers (some of whom will not be intimately familiar with your research area) will understand your proposal.

When ready to provide your application to the Department, save the Affiliated application as a PDF document. Please use a file name of the following format: "LastName_FirstName_AffiliatedApplication.pdf". Email your application PDF file to rt+<RT#>@ece.ubc.ca (eg: rt+123456[at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca). This will attach your application to the service request that you created previously.

(4) Save a PDF version of your official transcript. Please combine the scans for all your original transcripts (in order, starting with the most recent transcript) into one PDF file, and use a file name of the following format: "LastName_FirstName_Transcript.pdf". Email your transcript file to rt+<RT#>@ece.ubc.ca (eg: rt+123456 [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca). This will attach your transcript to the service request that you created previously.

(5) If necessary, submit original transcripts in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution(s) to the Grad Program Office (KAIS 5500) if you have not already confirmed that EECE has usable transcripts on file. To confirm if we have your transcripts, you are welcome to email help[at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca.

Please note that you must submit transcripts for all the post-secondary institutions (including colleges) that you have attended.

(6) Arrange for your 2 referees to complete the Affiliated Fellowship Reference Form [2].  Please instruct your referees to submit references by email to help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca by the Department deadline (date and time to be confirmed in the coming months). Please also remind your referees to sign the form before submitting.

For all forms and eligibility requirements, please visit here.

The GSI scholarships will be allocated during the annual UBC Affiliated/NSERC Scholarship competition. Students do not have to submit a separate application for GSI scholarships as they will be automatically considered when applying for Affiliated/NSERC  scholarships. The scholarships will be allocated based on the departmental ranking of the applicants in the Affiliated/NSERC scholarship competition. Please note that this year the Master's and Doctoral competitions are being held at different times, so please refer to the corresponding award announcement for deadlines.

Eligibility for the GSI:
MASc students are not eligible for the GSI if they have completed over 24 months in the MASc program on April 30, 2022. PhD students are not eligible for the GSI if they have completed over 48 months in the PhD program on April 30, 2022. In the event that a recipient of this award takes a leave of absence, the amount of the award will be reduced accordingly. Students are expected to meet the minimum GPA requirements set for the NSERC/Affiliated competitions.

In the event that a GSI recipient closes his or her program mid-way through the award year, the award will be adjusted to the end of the term in which the program is closed. For students who are not eligible for the NSERC/Affiliated competition but are eligible for the GSI competition, please submit a complete Affiliated application following the Affiliated instructions above and your application will be considered for GSI funding.

http://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/vanier-scholarship

The Vanier Scholarship application form is available here. Vanier Scholarship program information is available at: www.vanier.gc.ca.

The deadline for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship competition has been set to 12:00 noon (PDT - Vancouver time) on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

The competition is open to Canadian and international students. You are eligible to apply if you will have been in the doctoral program for 20 months or less as of May 1, 2022. Master's students who plan to start the PhD program at UBC in 2022 are also eligible to apply. Applications have to be submitted via ResearchNet by September 2, 2021. These applications will be forwarded to the department and the scholarship committee will rank and select applications that will be forwarded to Grad Studies.

If you plan to apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, please start collecting the required supporting material now as the deadlines are relatively tight. In your application, please make sure that you carefully address the selection criteria for these scholarships (http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/nomination_process-processus_de_mise_en_candidature.html).

Application Process:

(1) Prepare your application and send though ResearchNet by no later than 12:00pm on September 2, 2021.

(2) Email help@ece.ubc.ca by 12:00pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021 to declare your intention to apply. Applicants should also submit official electronic transcripts for all post-secondary studies (up to August 31, 2021) with this email by the deadline. In light of Covid-19, students should be ordering official electronic transcripts from their universities, rather than physical copies. UBC transcripts do not need to be submitted.

Other Funding Opportunities:

Minimum Funding Policy for PhD Students

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $22,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD (effective September 21st, 2021). This funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships.

Many supervisors are pleased to provide funding to graduate students in the form of research assistantships while they work on their thesis. The decision on whether to grant a research assistantship to an MASc or PhD student is made by the individual faculty supervisor. Students who have been accepted into the graduate program should contact their supervisor directly regarding the possibility of a Research Assistantship.

Scroll down this page to browse some of the current supervisors offering RA positions. Not all supervisors and available RA positions are listed.

ECE offers Teaching Assistant positions for our undergraduate courses. Most teaching assistant jobs cover a variety of work including marking, delivering tutorials, supervising undergraduate labs, conducting office hours, etc.

Teaching assistant positions are highly competitive as there are typically many more applicants than available positions in the ECE department. Most positions vary between 40 to 65 hours per term.

For more information on TA positions and how to apply, please click here.

Funding is awarded according to assessed financial need in the form of bursaries, awards, loans and grants. Find out more about awards and scholarships offered at UBC here. For information on the types of financial support, click here. Both links provide information for domestic and international students.

Current Research Assistant Openings:

Below are a few of the current Research Assistant positions that our faculty members are actively recruiting for. If you are an MASc or PhD student interested in any of the positions, please reach out to the corresponding contact person on the listings below.

1 MASc and 1 PhD student

An ideal candidate will have a background in biomedical engineering with experience or interest in ultrasound and/or medical image processing and strong computer programming and experimentation skills.

The Biomedical Signal and Image Computing Lab (BiSICL) has a number of funded positions. Exceptional candidates with strong mathematical, coding and technical writing skills are encouraged to apply. Candidates holding scholarships are eligible for various top-ups.

Please contact Rafeef Garbi for more details

PhD Research Assistantship

There are two Ph.D. RA-ship positions available in online social network security, mobile device security, and usable security. For more information, click here.

Please contact Kostantin Beznosov  for more details.

Seeking a graduate student interested in investigating artificial muscle based on metal nanowires. These nanowires are stronger than steel and we hope to show that they can actively contract in response to applied voltage, creating the strongest 'muscle' known. Please apply to the UBC graduate applications web site and mention your interest in working with John Madden.

Please contact John Madden for more details.

PhD Research Assistantship in MEMS and microfabrication.

The Takahata Lab is seeking motivated, competitive graduate students interested in creating novel microfabrication and MEMS technologies. Visit here for details.