The University of British Columbia Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program 2020
This program allows UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international doctoral students, and provide those students with stable, base-level funding for their doctoral studies and research. The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC’s best PhD, DMA, and MDPhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,200 per year plus tuition for up to four years of their doctoral studies.
Four Year Fellowships may be held by domestic and international students. In general, the fellowships are offered to students beginning their first year of PhD, DMA, or MDPhD studies, but may be offered to continuing students. 4YF funding may be offered for up to four years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
Students holding the following Tri-Agency awards automatically become 4YF designates: Vanier Scholarships, Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD), CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, NSERC Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarships (PGSD), and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. Doctoral students who obtain Tri-Agency scholarships may be eligible for 4YF tuition coverage and will receive 4YF stipend and tuition support once their external scholarship funding ends, until four years after the external award start date or until the end of their 5th year in Doctoral program, whichever comes first.
Selection of 4YF Recipients Students become 4YF recipients in one of three ways:
a) Graduate programs select 4YF recipients from among their eligible incoming and continuing students (4YF-G)
b) Eligible students who are awarded a Killam Doctoral Scholarship or a Li Tze Fong Fellowship through the annual Tri-Agency / Affiliated Fellowship competition automatically become 4YF recipients (4YF-U)
c) Eligible students who are awarded the following doctoral-level Tri-Agency awards automatically become 4YF recipients: Vanier Scholarships, Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD), CIHR Doctoral Research Awards
Selection based on academic excellence, upon the recommendation of the graduate program.
To be considered for Four Year Fellowship funding, students submit an application for admission to the appropriate graduate program at UBC. For information about admission procedures and requirements visit the Application & Admission page. All PhD, DMA, and MDPhD applicants offered admission are automatically considered for 4YF funding.
Award Start Dates
a) The award start date for 4YF-G recipients will be determined by the recipient’s graduate program. Possible start dates are 1 May, 1 September, and 1 January.
b) The award start date for 4YF-U recipients will be 1 September.
c) The award start date for 4YF-T recipients will be the start date of their doctoral-level Tri-Agency award