Graduate Student Awards

ELIGIBILITY

Full-time graduate students who are registered in any of the graduate programs overseen by the Faculty of Medicine or full-time graduate students whose main supervisor has a primary appointment with the UBC Faculty of Medicine are eligible to apply for the Graduate Student Awards.

  • For Master’s student: the applicant must have started the program within the last 18 months at the time of the application (excluding any months on extended leave)*,
  • For Doctoral students: the applicant must have started the program within the last 42 months at the time of the application (excluding any months on extended leave)**
  • For MD/Ph.D. students-  the applicant must have started the program within the last 36 months at the time of application (excluding any months on extended leave)

All applicants must be in good academic standing with the University and must be making satisfactory progress towards their degree as defined by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

*Please note that if you have been within your program as a graduate student longer than the indicated months and were on extended leave during this period, you will have an opportunity to mention that in the online application form.

**Start date of the program for Ph.D. students:

  • If you have completed all Masters’ requirements before enrolling in your doctoral program, then the start date of your Ph.D. program is the actual start date of the doctoral program.
  • If you have transferred from a Master’s program to your Ph.D. program without completing all of the requirements of the Master’s degree, then the start date of your Ph.D. program is the start date of the Master’s program.
  • If you have enrolled directly after completing an undergraduate degree without any Masters’ training, the start date of your Ph.D. program is the actual start date of the doctoral program.

Please refer to the Instructions and FAQs for complete eligibility guidelines.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

STAGE I

A Declaration of Intent is required from all graduate students applying to the following two Graduate Student Awards:

  1. Harry and Florence Dennison Fellowship in Medical Research ($12,050)
  2. Mary Adele Norman Postgraduate Award in Medical Research ($4,230)

Submit a completed Declaration of Intent in either PDF or Word format via the Online Portal.

Stage I is ONLY required for those candidates who are applying for the above mentioned awards. If you are not applying for them, you may proceed to Stage II. Once all the received Declarations of Intent for the two awards are reviewed, successful applicants will be notified if they are considered for the larger pool for those awards.

Due date for Declaration of Intent is:  Thursday, September 22, 2022 at noon Pacific Time

STAGE II

To apply, you must submit a Complete Application by the deadline, which consists of:

1. Main Application form

  • Complete, sign and submit the Application Form in either PDF or Word format.
  • Submit the Application Form via the Online Portal (opens on October 3,2022).

2. Post-secondary transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Electronic copies of transcripts must be shared with the GPE Office via OneDrive or through email at med.research@ubc.ca by your graduate program assistant or coordinator. In case, the applicant is submitting transcripts by themselves, each page has to be initialed by the candidate’s supervisor.

3. Sponsor Assessment Form from two sponsors

  • One of the sponsors should be your proposed or current supervisor.
  • Second sponsor should be familiar with the your academic and research abilities.

Sponsors are requested to comment on the candidate’s research potential and achievements, interpersonal skills, and academic abilities. Please download the Sponsor Assessment Form PDF or Word.  Filled forms should be submitted directly to us at med.research@ubc.ca.

To facilitate a blind review process, please ask your sponsors to not use your name, gender specific pronouns, or similar identifying characteristics in their letters. They should refer to you as “The Trainee” as needed.

Please refer to the Instructions and FAQs for complete formatting and submission guidelines.

Due date to receive Complete Application is: Friday, October 21, 2022 at noon Pacific Time

AWARDS

NOTE: All award values may be subject to change.

AwardAmountDescription
Harry and Florence Dennison Fellowship in Medical Research (Award#5617)$12,050 A $12,050 scholarship has been endowed through a bequest by Florence Helen Dennison for masters and doctoral students undertaking research in Medicine. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Mary Adele Norman Postgraduate Award in Medical Research$4,230 A $4,230 scholarship has been endowed by Mary Adele Norman for graduate students doing medical research. This award is administered by the Faculty of Medicine.
Bert Bauman Parkinson's Disease Research Fund$315A $315 scholarship has been endowed to support basic scientific research into the causes of and cure for Parkinson's disease.
Bertrand and Neila Galloway Leukemia Research Fund$6,513 A $6,513 scholarship has been endowed by the Bertrand and Nelia Galloway Fund for Research and Leukemia to support research into the causes of and cure for leukemia.
Nettie Polischuk Memorial Cancer Research Fund$1,500 A $1,500 scholarship has been endowed through a bequest from the Estate of Nettie Polischuk. The fund specifically supports cancer research. This award is administered by the Faculty of Medicine.
Team KOA$3,000 This funding is to support research and training in pediatrics cancers, with a preference to NMC and Head and neck cancers.
Edward Squires Memorial Scholarship (Award#139)$4,250 A $4,250 scholarship has been endowed by Mrs. Katherine Borden, in memory of her son. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, to a student undertaking research into spinal meningitis or related diseases of the nervous system.
Dorothy Helmer Scholarship in Medicine (Award#5619)$6,600 A $6,600 scholarship has been endowed through a bequest by Dorothy Evelyn Helmer for masters and doctoral students in Medicine undertaking research concerning infectious diseases. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Richard A. Robertson Memorial Service Award in Medicine (Award#5633)$4,900 A $4,900 service award has been endowed by Richard A. Robertson's wife, family and friends to honor and remember him. A UBC graduate (B.A.1971), he was known for his intellect, curiosity, passion and "pushing the envelope." This award is intended for graduate students, with a supervisor whose primary appointment is in the Faculty of Medicine, undertaking research into HIV/AIDS, with consideration also given to those studying other infectious diseases or immune disorders. Adjudication is based on academic standing and research potential, as well as demonstrated leadership skills, involvement in extracurricular activities and commitment to community service. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine.
Millie and Ralph Drabinsky Graduate Scholarship in Medicine (Award#6330)$700A $700 scholarship has been endowed by family and friends in honor of Ralph and Millie Drabinsky's fiftieth wedding anniversary. The award is offered to a masters or doctoral student, whose supervisor has a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, undertaking research into the etiology or treatment of Alzheimer's or related neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system. No individual will receive support from this fund for more than two consecutive years. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Dorothy May Ladner Memorial Fellowship (Award#6373)$14,550 A $14,550 fellowship has been endowed in memory of Dorothy May Ladner through a bequest by her sister, Edna G. Ladner, for a graduate student doing research which could lead to the effective treatment of traumatic brain injury. One of the first women from British Columbia to receive a masters degree in public health nursing, Dorothy Ladner was known throughout the province for her administrative skills in public health. She assisted with the development of the Variety Club's Children's Treatment Centre in Surrey of which she later became Director. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine.
Masayuki HASHIMOTO Memorial Award in Glioblastoma Research (Award#6777)$1,500 A $1,500 award has been made available annually by friends, colleagues, and family to honor the memory of Masayuki Hashimoto for a graduate student researching glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in the Faculty of Medicine. GBM is the deadliest form of brain cancer affecting adults. Despite improvements in diagnostic imaging, surgical techniques, and therapeutics, this devastating disease has eluded major treatment advances. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Omer H. Patrick II Memorial Prize (Award#6452)$3,350 A $3,350 prize has been endowed in memory of Omer H. Patrick II by his family to recognize excellence in Alzheimer's research by a doctoral student whose work is contributing to a greater understanding of the disease. Preference is given to students pursuing research directly into the causes and potential cures for the disease, but related research may also be considered. The Patrick family wishes to express gratitude for the efforts of the recipients in pursuing Alzheimer's research. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.