Supporting Our Students

Awards and Financial Support

Explore the Michael Smith Laboratories efforts to support our graduate students below, including a minimum stipend policy and upcoming award opportunities. For further award opportunities available to UBC graduate students, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Supporting Our Students

Minimum Stipend Policy

The MSL is committed to supporting our graduate students and building an equitable interdisciplinary community. Towards this goal MSL MSc and PhD graduate research assistants receive a minimum take-home pay of $30,000. Take-home pay is defined as the amount the GRA receives after tuition and student fees have been deducted and can be in the form of a stipend alone or in combination with a scholarship and/or salary from a teaching assistant position. 

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Supporting Our Students

William and Dorothy Gilbert Graduate Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences

This scholarship was established in 1995 in honor of William and Dorothy Gilbert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to recognize exceptional accomplishments of doctoral students working in the Michael Smith Laboratories. Each spring, up to three awards may be offered, and each scholarship carries a value of at least $2,500 (CAD). Each Michael Smith Laboratories faculty member supervising graduate students in a UBC doctoral program is invited to nominate one outstanding PhD student from their laboratory as a candidate for this award.