Graduate Funding & Awards - Research-Based Programs

Graduate Awards– Research Based Programs (available in 2017-2018)


The Allard School of Law provides wide range of entrance scholarships and awards (subject to budgetary approval) for admitted doctoral and LLM students ranging from $5,000 to $23,000. Some are restricted to graduate students pursing research in specific areas of law and others are open to all students through the application process. These awards have been established by UBC, the Allard School of Law, its alumni, its faculty members’ research grants, and external organizations. The Graduate Program at the Allard School of Law does not provide fellowships and awards on the basis of financial needs.


ALLARD Scholar Graduate Fellowship

One or more fellowships (PhD and/or LLM), valued up to $20,000 per student, are offered annually through an endowment established by Peter A. Allard, Q.C. to assist a student(s) in the graduate program in the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following themes: transparency, accountability, the Rule of Law, anti-corruption and human rights. A Ph.D. student will be awarded a renewable fellowship, but limited to a maximum 4-year funding, and it is subject to her or his good academic standing and progress. An LLM student will be awarded a 12 months scholarship.

The first two fellowships were awarded in the 2016/2017 Winter Session.

TRACE Scholar (New for 2017)

Funding valued up to $60,000 for an LLM student spending 12 to 18 months at Peter A. Allard Scholl of Law developing a thesis on a topic in the area of anti-corruption (international instruments, compliance or enforcement). This funding would cover university fees, visa expenses, airfare, tuition, health insurance, books and supplies, and lodging.

The TRACE Scholar may also interact with TRACE member companies in Vancouver during his or her time in British Columbia. The TRACE Scholar is invited to TRACE’s headquarters in Annapolis for a summer (6-8 week) paid internship at the end of his or her first full year of studies. For more information about the TRACE Scholar program visit

The TRACE scholar Program will commence in 2017, with a TRACE scholar selected by 31 March 2017. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for this award. If you have already submitted your online application and you would like to be considered for the TRACE Scholar award, please send an email to our Graduate Program advisor Joanne Chung at, subject line: TRACE Scholar.


Doctoral Fellowship supported by the SSHRC Project on Border Law and Policy (New for 2017)

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia is inviting applications for a doctoral student interested in border law and policy, immigration, immigration detention, and deportation, to work on a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a 4-year term. For full description of the award and more information about this fellowship and the project providing funding for it click here.

The successful candidate should hold a JD or LLB, as well as an LLM or its equivalent, and will be expected to secure independent admission to the doctoral program at the Allard School of Law. The candidate will be supervised by a committee comprised of Professor Benjamin Goold, Professor Efrat Arbel, and Dean Catherine Dauvergne. The candidate will be expected to work for 8-10 hours a week on the project for the duration of the 4-year term. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the substantive research associated with this project, including fieldwork, as well as the synthesis and analysis of legal findings and fieldwork data.

The successful candidate will receive guaranteed funding at the rate of $23,000 per annum. The expected start date is September 2017.


Allard School of Law History Project LLM Scholarship (Just Announced - November 14, 2016) 

The Peter A. Allard School of Law is offering a one-year scholarship of $15,000 to support an LLM student during the 2017-18 academic year to write a thesis on some aspect of British Columbia’s legal history, with preference for a student working on the history of legal education or the legal profession and who intends to use the materials available through the Allard School of Law History Project. For more information about this scholarship please see here.


Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project, PhD Funding for study from 2017 to 2021 (New for 2017 - Just Announced - December 7, 2016)

The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project is housed at the University of British Columbia. Our team brings together Indigenous knowledge keepers and community members, water scientists, social scientists, and artists for a unique interdisciplinary and collaborative research network.

We are currently welcoming applications from students interested in pursuing studies with Professor Gordon Christie. We encourage research interests in any of the following:

  • Indigenous law
  • Land-based Pedagogy and Law
  • Indigenous Rights and Title
  • Critical Legal Studies
  • Critical Constitutional Law

For more information about this scholarship, please see here


Law Foundation of British Columbia is providing Graduate Fellowships (up to 4 awards of $15,000 each) to incoming and continuing graduate students. Students at the Allard School of Law are eligible and must apply directly to the Law Foundation by January 6, 2017.


UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesAward Opportunities database is an excellent place to start to find out what is available from UBC and many other external funding bodies.

The largest single funder of graduate students in Canada is the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Most of the funding it distributes is for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. However, some of its awards, including the prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship, are open to all students. Similarly, the Trudeau Doctoral Fellowship is open to domestic and international students.


University Doctoral Fellowship (New for 2017.  Just announced December 1, 2016)

The University Doctoral Fellowship (UDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year.

The Graduate Committee will nominate to the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies applicants for the UDF from the pool of newly admitted international PhD students in our Graduate Law Program beginning with the 2017/18 intake.  There is no separate application process for the UDF as the Graduate Committee will automatically consider all applicants who have accepted our offer of admission.  The Graduate Committee’s deadline for forwarding nominations to the Faculty of Graduate Studies is January 27, 2017. 

For complete details regarding the new University Doctoral Fellowship (UDF), please refer to:

Applications for most external awards are due early in the Fall. They require extensive proposals and several letters of reference so please do not leave them until the last minute. Consult with your supervisor or other advisors to produce as strong of an application as possible.

Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)

The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC's best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,000 per year plus tuition for the first four years of their PhD studies. This program allows UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international PhD students, and provide those students with stable, base-level funding for the first four years of their PhD studies and research.

Affiliated Fellowships

UBC also offers a number of UBC Affiliated Fellowships to incoming and continuing students. Some of these are open awards and some include specific criteria. Please review the Graduate Studies database for details.

Funded Opportunities

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Allard School of Law offers opportunities for our research-based graduate students to work as teaching assistants in the JD legal research and writing program or as research assistants in grant supported research projects. Notice will be circulated when positions become available.


MITACS is a federally and provincially funded organization that helps to place graduate and postgraduate students in paid internship positions. Internship positions are posted on the website, but students can also work with employers to create internship positions that are partially funded by MITACS.

Conference and Research Travel Support

The Faculty provides annual funding grants to currently enrolled full-time students in the research-based LLM and PhD degree programs to support conference and research travel pertaining to their thesis.  Students must submit an application well in advance of travel to the Graduate Program Administrator in room 149.  Please review the Conference and Travel Funding Guidelines for more information.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides graduate student travel support once per degree program. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for application details.

Go Global Sponsored by Student Development provides awards and scholarships up to $1500 for graduate students in thesis-based program, to participate in study or research exchanges at partner institutions: