Tuition, Awards & Funding

Tuition, Awards and Funding

This page is divided into the following sections:

Program Fees

Estimated Tuition

Please refer to the Academic Calendar for information on the tuition fees for each of our programs.* MASc and PhD students are assessed tuition fees according to the Standard Master’s/PhD tuition schedules. Professional programs such as the MEng and MEL have specialized tuition fees that differ from the standard Master’s fees. Please refer to the table in the Academic Calendar that corresponds to your program.

MASc: Standard Master’s Degree Programs
PhD: Standard Doctoral Degree Programs
MEng (Mechatronics and Biomedical): Master of Engineering
MEng NAME: Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
MEL: Master of Engineering Leadership

* Note: Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.

NOTE: Please note that we have been informed that UBC is in the process of increasing tuition fees. These changes are currently pending. The proposed increase will take effect after May 2018. 

Other Expenses

Cost of Living

Use this calculator provided by UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to calculate your estimated cost of living, including rent, health care, student fees, textbooks, groceries, and entertainment.

Graduate Student Fees

All UBC students are assessed student fees. These fees help cover costs of resources available to students. Most of these fees are mandatory, but some have opt-out provisions. With the exception of AMS/GSS Extended Health Care Fee and iMED fee, all student fees are charged in three installments payable in September, January, and May. Refer to the Academic Calendar for a full list of student fees.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a number of scholarships, awards, Research Assistantships (RAs) and Teaching Assistantships (TAs) to our graduate students.

A large number of research graduate students who do not hold a major award or scholarship are offered research assistantships by their supervisor(s). These assistantships may be held with teaching assistantships and some scholarships.

NOTE: The majority of applicants applying for January admission are not eligible for scholarships, department awards, or research assistantships.

Awards and Scholarships

There are many awards available for MASc and PhD students ranging from national research awards to departmental top-ups. The majority of awards are awarded upon a student’s application into their program. For a list of all external awards, visit the Graduate School Award Opportunities database.

Please note that professional or course-based Master’s students (i.e. MEng and MEL) are not eligible for the following awards. For funding opportunities for the MEng NAME program, please visit the NAME website. For MEL awards, refer to the MEL website. MEng and MEL students may also be eligible for Teaching Assistantships (see below) with the permission of their Program Director.

NSERC helps provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible doctoral and master’s programs in Canada.

To be considered for this award, prospective students must submit an online application with all required supporting documents to by September 29, 2017 (PhD) or December 1, 2017 (MASc). For more information please contact

Refer to the NSERC website for information, eligibility requirements, and how to apply:

Affiliated Fellowship (PhD and MASc)

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students to assist their full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, and are open to all current and prospective full-time research graduate students.

To be considered for this award, prospective students must submit an online application with all required supporting documents by September 29, 2017 (PhD) or December 1, 2017 (MASc). Applications received without all supporting documents will not be considered. Current students who want to be considered must be nominated by their supervisor.

International Tuition Award (PhD and MASc)

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs. All international students are automatically considered. View the quick facts at

International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) 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. Approximately 35 new fellowships will be awarded each year. This program was formerly known as the University Doctoral Fellowship.

More information about this award, including edibility and application procedures can be found here:

To be considered for this award, please submit your completed application to by December 1, 2017.

All applications that are submitted before the scholarship and awards deadline will automatically be considered for a Departmental Award. Our Faculty members nominate students based on their academic merit, using the same guidelines as those used to award NSERC/ Affiliated scholarships.


Four Year Fellowship (4YF) (PhD only)

Awards worth up to $18,200 plus tuition for up to four years. NSERC PGS-D winners will automatically receive a 4YF, but will not receive the stipend during PGS-D. NSERC CGS-D winners will automatically receive a 4YF, but will not receive the stipend or tuition award during the CGS-D.

Mechanical Engineering Teaching Fellowship (PhD only)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering wishes to promote undergraduate teaching excellence by awarding annually the Mechanical Engineering Teaching Fellowship to senior PhD students who have demonstrated dedication to, and a talent for, teaching. The Fellowship will provide a stipend up to $10,000 and mentorship support to teach an undergraduate course.

Gartshore Fellowship (MASc only)

Awards of up to $12,000 for MASc students are offered to students entering the MASc program in Mechanical Engineering. Scholars who hold more than $9,000 in external scholarships receive a top-up to a total of $26,000 (MASc), or the minimum fellowship value, whichever is greater.

Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) (PhD and MASc)

Awards of $6,000 (or $3,000 if held in conjunction with a major award) are offered as one-time entrance scholarships for top MASc / PhD students.

Merit Award (MASc only)

$2,000 one-time entrance scholarship for students who received a UBC B.A.Sc. with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering and start an MASc within one year of their graduation.

Continuing Graduate Student Merit Award

In order to recognize the ongoing hard work of continuing students, the department is offering a stipend top-up award of up to $2000 (dependent on funding availability). We would especially like to recognize those students who have worked hard to overcome unique challenges in their work but have not been recognized with other major awards. Students must have completed 12 months of active work towards their degree.

Research Assistantships

The majority of MASc and PhD students in the department are offered research assistantships (RAs) by faculty members. RAs are funded by research grants for specific projects which almost always constitute thesis projects. RAs may be held in conjunction with Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and some scholarships. Although you will automatically be considered for an RA when submitting your online application, to successfully secure an RA appointment you are encouraged to make contact with a research supervisor. The number of RA’s offered will vary depending on lab and research space as well as available funding.

Teaching Assistantships

Each year, the Department hires a limited number of Teaching Assistants to support its undergraduate courses. These positions play an integral role in helping the Department fulfill its goal of offering its students superior undergraduate teaching and learning experiences. All undergraduate and graduate students (including non-research students) may apply for a TA position; please note that a separate application must be submitted. Although the precise duties will vary depending on the course for which an offer/appointment is made, in general TAs can expect to perform the following duties:

  • Laboratory Assistance – providing instruction, guidance, and supervision for laboratory experiments, maintaining a safe and professional laboratory, assisting students with troubleshooting equipment, ensuring laboratory equipment and supplies are used appropriately and put away at the end of each session, marking of laboratory reports.
  • Tutorial Assistance – assisting in or leading tutorial sessions, marking of assignments, preparing written solutions, reviewing of assignments with undergraduates.
  • Marking – marking of assignments.
  • Invigilation of Exams (Mandatory) – is required. All TAs must be available for the full exam period of the term in which they are hired as a TA. TAs may be assigned to invigilate course(s) other those for which they TA.
  • Training (Mandatory) – New TAs and returning TAs must participate in the TA training program and safety orientation. The training is designed to help ensure that TAs are as successful as possible in their roles and properly oriented to our teaching labs/spaces. More information on training will be provided with your offer letter.

  • Must be a full-time student currently registered in a BASc, MEng, MASc, or PhD program, or must have been unconditionally accepted into one of these programs to begin in September.
  • Must be a full-time, registered student during the period of their TA appointment.
  • Cannot be on financial hold or on leave during their graduate program.
  • Must hold an active study permit for the entirety of their TA appointment.
  • Mastery of the course academic material and subject matter.
  • Ability to help students learn actively, and explain course content in a clear and logical manner.
  • Have an understanding of and will agree to comply with WorkSafe and Departmental Safety Regulations.
  • Possess appropriate oral and written English communication skills.
  • Must agree to complete the mandatory safety and TA training, as well as the appropriate lab orientations, before the start of term.
  • Must have the approval of the Course Instructor.

New and returning candidates wishing to be considered for a Teaching Assistant position will need to submit a new application. Although we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted with further details during summer (typically June-August).

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email the MECH Student Services Office at

For questions regarding specific TA duties for a particular course, please contact the course instructor directly.

Be advised that Teaching Assistants at The University of British Columbia (UBC) are represented by the Canadian Union Of Public Employees Local 2278 (CUPE2278) and that a Collective Agreement between UBC and CUPE2278 is in effect. All TAs are required to join the Union as a condition of employment. The collective agreement applies to all TA contracts, and selection of TAs will be done in accordance with the requirements of the Union.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Please note that you should NOT consider Teaching Assistantships as a source for guaranteed income. The Department is not in a position to consider financial need in the process of TA appointments.

Apply Now

We will be accepting applications for 2018W in April 2018.