The Department of Sociology at UBC works hard to ensure that incoming graduate students have the financial support they require to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study in Sociology at UBC usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and/or the UBC Affiliated Fellowship competitions. Larger funding packages are available for exceptional applicants.
Graduate scholarship money for sociology graduate students comes from the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and from the Faculty of Arts. The Faculty of Arts allocates its Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) funding to its 21 Departments, Schools and Programs for them to use as part of funding packages for their graduate students. The funding is then allocated to students by units according to their best judgement (taking into account academic and scholarly records). If students have any questions or concerns about such funding allocations they are encouraged to raise them with the Graduate Advisor of their Department, School or Program.