University of British Columbia International Doctoral Fellowship 2018, Canada

Publish Date: Dec 28, 2017

Deadline: Feb 02, 2018

International Doctoral Fellowship

Quick Facts:

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBCO doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of four years: a $25,000 stipend plus tuition for four years from the College of Graduate Studies; also, each recipient's supervisor, department, or Faculty may wish to provide additional funds (top-ups) comprised of awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships in any or all of the four years of the Fellowship.   

Annual Value: $25,000 stipend + tuition 
Deadline: confirm with graduate program


  • Hold a valid student visa and be registered full time when they begin their UBCO doctoral program
  • Be starting a UBCO doctoral program in September 2018
  • For fast-track students (who advance/transfer from a master's to a doctoral program without completing their master's degree), the effective date of transfer to the doctoral program must be September 2018
  • Have an admission GPA of first class standing


  • International

Degree Level:

  • Doctoral

Applicant Status:

  • Incoming students

Evaluation Criteria:

Academic excellence - 30%

  • Academic record
  • Scholarships and awards held
  • Duration of previous studies

Research ability or potential - 50%

  • Quality of contributions to research and development
  • Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
  • Significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed research, and justification for location of tenure
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge
  • Judgment
  • Originality
  • Initiative and autonomy
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time

Communication, interpersonal, and leadership abilities - 20%

  • The ability or potential to communicate scientific/academic concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats. For example, this could include:
    • Quality of the application's presentation
    • Participation in preparing publications
    • Awards for oral presentations or papers
  • Professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations. For example, this could include:
    • Mentoring
    • Teaching
    • Supervisory experience
    • Project management
    • Chairing committees
    • Organizing conferences and meetings
    • Elected positions held

Application Procedures:

Route A: Submitting New Application For PHD Admission 

Applicants for admission to the September 2018 intake must meet their proposed graduate program’s internal IDF deadline. Deadlines will vary from mid November to mid January; applicants are to contact their proposed graduate program to confirm that program’s internal IDF deadline. 

Students must complete an International Doctoral Fellowship application by the deadline date specified by their graduate program. Applications must be submitted directly to the graduate program in which the student will be registered. Graduate programs must determine an internal deadline for students in their program. It is important for graduate programs to establish a deadline that will allow sufficient time to provide nominations for the annual College of Graduate Studies deadline of February 2, 2018.

On the basis of the submitted admission application materials, graduate programs will select a maximum of two nominees to the campus wide IDF competition. Graduate Programs are responsible for submitting the nomination package to the College of Graduate Studies for those  nominated to the campus wide competition. Each nomination must include the IDF application form. Two reference letters and transcripts from the online admission application plus the IDF application form will comprise the application file to be  considered by the Scholarship & Awards Committee.

Route B: Fast-Track/Transfer From Master's Program To PHD Program(No Admission Application)

Master’s students who intend to fast-track/transfer from their Master’s program to the PhD program as of September 2018 must contact their graduate program to indicate their interest in being considered for the IDF competition by their graduate program’s internal IDF deadline. Deadlines vary by graduate program and range from mid November to mid January. Applicants are to contact their proposed graduate program to confirm that program’s internal IDF deadline. Those nominated to the campus wide competition are required to submit an IDF application form to their Graduate Program. The graduate program will use reference letters from the applicant’s previous admission application. The IDF application, two references and all transcripts will comprise the nomination file to be considered by the Scholarship & Awards Committee.

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