Types of Student Awards

There are a number of different awards available. Many awards are established in honour, in memory or in celebration of a family member, friend or colleague, and can be a fitting way to commemorate the accomplishments of someone who has touched your life. An endowed award can carry the honoree’s name in perpetuity.


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 PhD 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 level. Students must be in the top 10% of their class, by UBC Senate regulations. 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. The primary consideration in the selection for your bursary’s recipients is financial need. UBC suggests a minimum of $1,000 a year is made available for distribution.


Prizes are awarded to students for academic excellence or achievement in a particular subject area. They usually take the form of a monetary award valued at $1,000 or more.

Service Awards

Service awards are provided to both graduate and undergraduate students in good academic standing who have demonstrated excellence in a range of non-academic fields, including community service, student leadership, volunteerism, and athletic or artistic performance. These awards are valued at $1,000 or greater.

Existing UBC awards are available at Awards Search website.