Tuition fee details can be found on the UBC Academic Calendar.
Many of our awards are entrance awards, although second year funding is also available. There are two main award types: Major External Awards and Faculty/Departmental Awards. Other external funding can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ website www.grad.ubc.ca. We also notify students about various external award opportunities specific to journalism students that are sent to us throughout the year. Major External Awards, for which you must apply, and Faculty/Departmental Awards, which are generally decided by the faculty based on specific criteria, are listed below.
Major External Awards
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Fellowships and Affiliated University Graduate Fellowships: Every year students win a number of SSHRC and Affiliated University Graduate Fellowships. Affiliated UGF awards range in amount from $200 – $20,000. SSHRC awards are $17,500. Note that International students are ineligible for SSHRCs; however, they may apply for UGFs for their second year of funding.
– First Year Funding: prospective domestic journalism students with first-class standings are strongly encouraged to apply for SSHRCs directly through SSHRC (not through UBC) and the institution in which they achieved their bachelor’s degree. This funding is for the first year of study (see below for second year SSHRC/UGF funding). The deadline is December 13 of the year prior to our September intake. Your undergraduate university may have an internal deadline that is earlier, so make sure that you check with the faculty or department as soon as you can. More information can be found on the SSHRC website.
– Second Year Funding: once classes start in September, students may apply for second year funding from SSHRC (domestic students only) and/or from the UGF (for those who are applying for or have SSHRC funding already, and/or for international students). Students are encouraged to have all of their application materials ready before they begin the Master of Journalism program. As above, more information can be found on the SSHRC website.
International Research Development Award: Each year starting with 2003, The Graduate School of Journalism at UBC is given an award of $20,000 for International Development Journalism, to be awarded to students in the final year of the program. The donor is the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The award enables the recipient to spend four to ten months in a developing country to enhance his/her knowledge of international development and international reporting issues. More information can be found on the IDRC website.
Canadian Institute of Health Research Graduate Health Communications Scholarships: The UBC Graduate School of Journalism strongly encourages incoming students with science or health backgrounds to apply for the Canadian Institute of Health Research Graduate Science Writer Scholarships. Up to five awards may be given each year. The awards are normally $21,000 for each of the two years of the program. The Canadian Institute of Health Research – the federal agency responsible for funding health research – established the scholarships in order to increase the number and quality of writers covering health research developments. Many of our students have won this award. More information can be found on the CIHR website.
Donald C. Cromie Memorial Fellowship in Journalism: A $2,000 Fellowship has been endowed through the estate of Geraldine Phyllis Cromie. The award is offered to a student in Journalism and is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Donna Logan Scholarship in Investigative Journalism: This scholarship will be awarded to a second year Journalism student who demonstrates exceptional ability in investigative research and reporting; and who also displays an interest in pursuing a career in daily journalism.
The Fairchild Group Scholarship: A scholarship of $2,000 annually has been endowed by the Fairchild Group to alternate each year between the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and the UBC Film Production Program. Thomas Fung, owner and founder, presented the award. The award is bestowed on the recommendation of the Department of Theatre and Film in even-numbered years and on the recommendation of the School of Journalism in odd-numbered years. Preference is given to Canadian and international students with good academic standing who are focusing on cultural diversity and entrepreneurial leadership.
Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) Awards: A number of entrance awards, available to some incoming students demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to journalism as a career, are administered by the UBC Graduate School of Journalism’s Awards Committee. The funds for these awards are made available from the Faculty of Arts and/or Faculty of Graduate Studies. Awards are determined on the basis of merit and diversity and are open to any graduate student regardless of citizenship or visa status. The number of awards, and the value of each award, is revised annually.
Gwyn and Aileen Gunn Bursary in Journalism: Bursaries totalling $22,300 have been endowed through a bequest from Gwyneth M. Gunn for students in the School of Journalism, with preference for women students in need of financial assistance. Only students who have applied for Canadian student loans are eligible. Students do not need to apply directly to UBC Financial Aid. UBC Financial Aid determines bursary amounts from data derived from student loan applications.
Hal Straight Gold Medal in Journalism: A gold medal and $500 prize have been endowed by Beverley J. Straight and Robert H. Straight in honour of their father, Hal Straight, who was an editor, managing editor, and publisher for over 50 years. The award is offered to the most outstanding graduate student in Journalism and is made on the recommendation of the School.
Helen Badenoch Scholarship: A bequest from Ida Helen Badenoch provides four scholarships of up to $475 each, two for students most proficient in community health nursing practice and proceeding to further work in this field of study; and two for the most proficient students in a field of journalism, or in a field related to journalism.
Jack Webster Foundation Student Journalism Awards: The Jack Webster Foundation and BC Hydro have joined together to establish awards for students at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. An award of $1,000 is available to a student in their first year and a student in their second year of their Master of Journalism degree. The recipients will attend the annual Webster Award Dinner as special guests, and be hosted by BC Hydro’s Corporate Communication’s staff on the day of the Webster Dinner. The Jack Webster Foundation will arrange an opportunity for the students to connect with a senior BC working journalist to discuss the student’s work.
James L. and Donald A. Duncan Fellowship to Advance Excellence in Journalism: A $10,000 fellowship has been endowed by the family of James L. and Donald A. Duncan to honour them and recognize their high regard for excellence and integrity in journalism. Preference is given to graduate students with excellent writing abilities who are well-read and have a demonstrated interest in a broad range of journalistic topics. The award is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.
Joan Donaldson Newsworld Scholarship: CBC Newsworld is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to aspiring Canadian journalists. Each year Newsworld will give out a scholarship to a student of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. Each scholarship will consist of a $2,000 cash award and a paid summer job.
Rafe Mair Award for Excellence in Journalism: A prize worth $1,000 has been endowed by The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in honour of Rafe Mair. It is awarded to a student in the graduating class in Journalism. The prize is awarded to the graduating student who has produced the best published work of public service journalism during the degree program. The award is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.
Stephen J.A. Ward Prize in Journalism Ethics: A $600 prize is offered by alumnus, Liam Mitchell ‘03, in honour of Stephen J.A. Ward, founding professor of ethics at the School of Journalism. This graduating prize is awarded to the most outstanding student in the media ethics course, whose work demonstrates both academic and professional excellence. The award is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.
Susan M. Boyce Graduate Scholarship in Journalism: One or more scholarships totalling $2,500 have been endowed by Roy Barnett in honour of his sister, Susan M. Boyce, for graduate students in the Master of Journalism Program in the School of Journalism. Susan is a longtime Vancouver-based journalist and a firm believer in the need to support and mentor aspiring writers in this exciting career. It is her hope this scholarship will contribute to making the aspiration a reality for many who are dedicated to preserving the value and integrity of the written word. The awards are made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Vancouver Sun David Baines Scholarship in Journalism: A $2,700 scholarship has been endowed by Vancouver Sun reporter David Baines for a student in the Master of Journalism program specializing in business journalism. The award is made on the recommendation of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.