Graduate Student Awards

ELIGIBILITY

Full-time graduate students who are registered in any UBC Faculty of Medicine graduate program, 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.

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.

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
  2. Mary Adele Norman Postgraduate Award in Medical Research

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

Stage I is NOT required for applicants of the other Graduate Student Awards. If you are not applying for the two above awards, you may proceed to Stage II.

Once all Declarations of Intent for the two above named awards are reviewed, applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are invited to apply to the larger competition for those awards.

Declarations of Intent are due: Likely late September, 2020

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

1. Application for the Fellowship
a.) Complete, sign and scan the Application Form in either PDF or Word format.
b.) Submit the Application Form via the Online Portal (now closed).

2. Post-secondary transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Copies of transcripts are accepted, but must be initialed by the candidate’s supervisor. Initialing of official sealed transcripts is not required. Electronic copies are also accepted, and do not require initialing if sent directly from the applicant’s graduate program assistant.

3. Letters of support from two sponsors
One letter should be from the proposed or current supervisor of the candidate, and the other from an individual familiar with the candidate’s academic and research abilities. Sponsors should be asked to comment on the candidate’s research potential and achievements, interpersonal skills, academic abilities, and greatest strengths and weaknesses. 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.

Transcripts and Letters of Support may be submitted to:

med.research@ubc.ca
Research Education Facilitator
Faculty of Medicine, Dean’s Office
317-2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z3

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

Complete Applications are due: Likely late October, 2020

AWARDS

NOTE: All award values may be subject to change.

Scholarships totaling $5,000 have been endowed to support basic scientific research into the causes of and cure for Parkinson's disease.

Scholarships totaling $5,000 have been endowed by the Bertrand and Nelia Galloway Fund for Research and Leukemia to support research into the causes of and cure for leukemia.

Scholarships totaling $5,950 have 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. (Award #5619)

A $10,850 fellowship has been endowed in memory of Dorothy May Ladner through a bequest by her sister, Edna F. 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 master’s 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. (Award #6373)

A $3,850 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. (Award #0139)

A fellowship totaling $10,800 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. (Award #5617)

A $4,075 scholarship has been endowed by Mary Adele Norman for graduate students doing medical research. This award is administered by the Faculty of Medicine.

Two awards of $1,500 have been made available annually by friends, colleagues, and family to honour 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. (Award #6777)

A $600 scholarship has been endowed by family and friends in honour 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. (Award #6330)

A $5,000 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.

A $4,950 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. (Award #6452)

A $3,800 service award has been endowed by Richard A. Robertson’s wife, family and friends to honour 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. NOTE: There is a supplementary page on the application form specifically for this award. (Award #5633)