Awards, Financial Aid & Research Funding Opportunities

Supporting tomorrow’s clinician-scientists

MD/PhD Tuition

MD/PhD tuition fee is $5,298.66 per year (2020-2021). This fee is charged in place of, rather than in addition to, the MD-only program tuition charge (currently $18,842.14 per year).

MD/PhD Studentship Awards

All MD/PhD students receive an annual student stipend through the MD/PhD Program (minimum annual stipend $21,000, renewable each year for a maximum of 6 years). Students are also required to apply for external granting agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Kidney Foundation, Canadian Lung Association and other organizations during the first year of their MD/PhD Program.

The MD/PhD Program receives tremendous funding support from the UBC affiliated research institutes for MD/PhD student stipends — BC Cancer Agency, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Providence Health Care Research Institute (St. Paul’s Hospital) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

The MD/PhD Program has increased opportunity to recruit students, due to generous philanthropic donations targeted to supporting clinician-scientist training. With further improvements in funding we hope to increase the number of students in the program, and to further expand and build on the excellence of the program. Two new MD/PhD studentship awards have been set to cover the entire cost of the MD/PhD student’s tuition and stipend. Applicants will automatically be considered for these awards upon their application to the MD/PhD Program. No additional application is required.

>> The UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinician Investigator Scholarship. This 6-year MD/PhD studentship award would be offered to the top-ranked applicant. The first award was assigned with the class that was coming in 2018. This donation is over a 3-year period, so committing funds for three MD/PhD studentship awards in total. We are confident that the donor will continue with further funding if he/she is convinced that the students are outstanding.

>> One 6-year MD/PhD studentship award will be funded by the UBC largest ever endowed scholarship, thanks to a $6-million donation from the Faculty of Medicine’s first two members — Constance Livingstone-Friedman and Sydney Friedman. This MD/PhD studentship award is on-going and the first award was assigned in 2018.

Graduate Support Initiative Awards

Graduate Support Initiative Awards (GSI) is a system for funding graduate students. Eligibility for the GSI awards should follow existing Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) practices, complete details of which can be found on the G+PS webpage.

Criteria by which GSI funds will be allocated in the MD/PhD Program (after prior endorsement from the G+PS) are noted below:
1) These funds will be evenly given to incoming students of each academic year in form of an “entrance award” as a recruitment incentive.
2) No application is required. GSI funding will be assigned on the Student Information System Centre for disbursement to students.

Other Funding Opportunities

For a compendium of awards available for UBC graduate students, see the Awards and Financial Aid page of the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral (G+PS) website.  For a compendium of opportunities for research funding, please visit the Office of Research Services (ORS) website.

Award Recipients

The UBC MD/PhD students have excellent results in external funding competitions. Congratulations to all the recipients and their research supervisors for the outstanding results!

UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship
2020 – Andy An, Katrina Besler, Rohit Singla, Maryam Vaseghi-Shanjani, Li Qing Wang
2019 – Lianne Cho, Daniel Kwon, Wissam Nassrallah
2018 – Jennifer Ji, Mark Trinder, Alvin Qiu
2017 – Paulina Piesik
2016 – Victoria Baronas, Cynthia Ye, Allen Zhang
2015 – Rozlyn Boutin, Parker Jobin, Frank Lee, Adam Ramzy, Michael Skinnider, Jordan Squair
2014 – Andrea Jones, Victor Li, David Twa
2013 – Daniel Woodsworth, Eric Zhao
2012 – Gareth Mercer, Cynthia Min, Julia Pon, Alexander Wright
2011 – Michael Copley, Philip Edgcumbe
2010 – William Guest, Long Nguyen
2009 – David McVea, Clara Westwell-Roper

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

2020 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Katrina Besler Dr. Gordon Francis Smooth muscle cell lysosomal acid lipase in atherosclerosis
Rohit Singla Dr. Robert Rohling / Dr. Christ Nguan Intelligent renal ultrasound: Development of ultrasound-based measures using machine learning to prevent renal disease progression
2019 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Wissam Nassrallah Dr. Lynn Raymond Neuroprotective effect of Sigma-1 receptor and Activin A on synaptic function and calcium handling in Huntington’s disease
2018 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Jennifer Ji Dr. David Huntsman The proteomic and metabolomic characterization of clear cell ovarian carcinoma
Alvin Qiu Dr. Martin Hirst / Dr. Torsten Nielsen Epigenomic dysregulation in synovial sarcoma
Mark Trinder Dr. Liam Brunham Cholesteryl ester transfer protein as a novel regulator, predictor, and therapeutic target of sepsis
2017 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Rozlyn Boutin Dr. Brett Finlay Mechanistic elucidation of the asthma-protective and -predictive effects conferred by specific members of the gut microbiota in early life
Paulina Piesik Dr. Jan Dutz / Dr. Laura Sly Using the skin immune system to induce systemic tolerance
Michael Skinnider Dr. Leonard Foster Understanding human biology and disease through tissue-specific protein-protein interaction networks
2016 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Victoria Baronas Dr. Harley Kurata / Dr. Filip van Petegem Molecular mechanism of use-dependent activation of Kv1.2 channel complexes and its impact on regulation of neuronal electrical excitability
Allen Zhang Dr. Wyeth Wasserman / Dr. Sohrab Shah Deciphering the mechanisms of platinum resistance in high-grade serous ovarian cancer
2015 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Parker Jobin Dr. Christopher Overall tRNA synthetases as extracellular targets of matrix metalloproteinases
Frank Lee Dr. Edward Pryzdial Dissecting the mechanism of a novel clot dissolving agent: Amino acid-tethered clotting factor Xa
Adam Ramzy Dr. Timothy Kieffer An adeno-associated virus based gene therapy treatment for diabetes: Using transcription factors to guide the expansion of insulin producing beta-cell mass in the pancreas
Eric Zhao Dr. Steven Jones Networks, signatures, and personalized medicine: a whole genome approach to cancer therapy
2014 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Philip Edgcumbe Dr. Robert Rohling / Dr. Christ Nguan Augmented Reality Elastography Navigation Aid (ARENA) for robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery
Andrea Jones Dr. William Honer Diamond in the rough: Identifying factors of resilience in a socially marginalized population
Victor Li Dr. Yu-Tian Wang Peptide-mediated clearance of beta-amyloid for alzheimer’s disease therapy
David Twa Dr. Christian Steidl Genomic rearrangements in B-cell Lymphomas
Alexander Wright Dr. Paul van Donkelaar A multidisciplinary approach to sport-related head trauma: using biomechanics, cerebrovascular physiology, neurocognitive function, and neuroimaging towards understanding and diagnosing concussion
2012 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Gareth Mercer Dr. Julie Bettinger Assessment of the relationship between innate immune system ontogeny, infant feeding mode and susceptibility to infection in HIV-exposed but uninfected infants
Julia Pon Dr. Marco Marra The role of MEF2B in non-Hodgkin lymphoma
2011 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
Michael Copley Dr. Connie Eaves Characterizing the role of high-mobility group A2 (Hmga2) expression in regulating the heightened regenerative properties of fetal/neonatal hematopoietic stem cells
Long Nguyen Dr. Connie Eaves Functional and molecular characterization of human breast cancer stem cells
Clara Westwell-Roper Dr. Bruce Verchere Mechanisms of human islet amyloid polypeptide-induced pancreatic islet inflammation
2010 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
William Guest Dr. Neil Cashman Rational design of immunotherapies for protein misfolding diseases
2009 Vanier Supervisor Research Project Title
David McVea Dr. Timothy Murphy Using optical tools to test the role of muscle spindles in plasticity following brain injury

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (CGS-D)
2020 – Reid Vassallo
2019 – Daniel Kwon
2016 – Cynthia Ye
2015 – Jordan Squair
2014 – Cynthia Min
2013 – Daniel Woodsworth

Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award (CGS-M)
2020 – Katherine Baillie, Dhiraj Mannar
2019 – Andy An, Katrina Besler
2017 – Alvin Qiu
2016 – Rozlyn Boutin, Michael Skinnider
2015 – Victoria Baronas, Allen Zhang
2014 – Parker Jobin, Eric Zhao
2012 – Philip Edgcumbe, Daniel Woodsworth
2010 – Long Nguyen

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Award
2020 – Mark Trinder
2019 – Michael Skinnider
2018 – Allen Zhang
2017 – Jordan Squair
2012 – Gareth Mercer

CIHR Scriver MD/PhD Scholarship
2010 – Julia Pon
2005 – Fiona Young

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
2017 – Michael Skinnider
2016 – Jordan Squair
2015 – David Twa