Funding and Awards

  • Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts - BA
    Book prize for best essay in an undergraduate Art History seminar submitted by a BA student. Students are recommended to the Awards Committee by faculty members.
  • Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts - BFA
    Book prize for best work in the BFA end-of-year show. Students are recommended to the Awards Committee by jury of faculty members.
  • BMO 1st Art Award
    The Department nominates outstanding graduating undergraduate BA and BFA Visual Art students for consideration for this award. If they are selected by the BMO Committee they could receive: a prize of $1500 for one winner from each province/territory and $3000 for one winner nationally. Graduating students in Studio-based programs across Canada are eligible for faculty nomination. The prize includes a trip to Toronto and inclusion in the First Canada Place Gallery Show. The nominee(s) are selected on the recommendation of the Visual Art Undergraduate Committee, which submits their selected students to the BMO Awards Committee in Toronto.
  • Canadian Society for Asian Arts Prize
    A $500 prize is offered by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts to a student in third or fourth year studying Asian arts. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory.
  • Faculty Women’s Club Ida Green Scholarship
    A $1,865 scholarship has been endowed by the Faculty Women's Club in memory of Dr. Ida Mabelle Green, LL.D. Ida Green was a pioneer in the American Association of University Women and in the provision of graduate fellowships for women. With her husband Cecil H. Green, Dr. Green was a major benefactor of post-secondary education and the advancement of science. The scholarship is awarded on the joint recommendation of the School of Music and the Departments of Creative Writing, Art History, Visual art and Theory, and Theatre to a student entering the third or higher year of study in the creative or performing arts.
  • Florence Muriel Smeltzer Scholarship
    A $1,725 scholarship has been endowed in memory of Florence Muriel Smeltzer by her family. It is given on the recommendation of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in consultation with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to a student with demonstrated ability in painting.
  • Frank Stevens Scholarship in Studio Arts
    A $1,000 scholarship is offered by Cheryl Stevens in memory of her grandfather, Frank Stevens, an amateur artist who switched hands to continue to paint after becoming partially paralyzed in mid-life. The scholarship is awarded to a third or fourth year student majoring in Studio Art in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory.
  • Hunter Campbell Lewis Memorial Book Prize
    A book prize, valued at $300, honours the memory of Professor Hunter Campbell Lewis who, as an undergraduate, helped his class of Arts '23 to establish the "first study collection" for the study and appreciation of painting. Later, during his teaching career at UBC, he, on his own initiative and at his own expense, sought out and had brought to the campus the first totem poles of our indigenous people to be given to the University. These were mounted at Totem Park. Endowed by a gift from Annie M. Angus (Arts '23), the prize is awarded to a student entering the fourth year in the field of art history. The recipient is selected on the basis of academic distinction by a departmental committee appointed by the Head of Art History, Visual Art an Theory.
  • Ian Mills Fine Arts Bursary
    A $1,940 bursary has been endowed by Ian Mills, to assist a needy and deserving student in a program leading to a B.F.A. degree in the Studio Program. Assigned by Awards Office based on financial need.
  • John Alexander McDonald Scholarship in Humanities
    Scholarships totalling $49,000 have been endowed through a bequest from John Alexander McDonald, Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish (1974). The awards are offered to fourth year undergraduate students taking a combined Major or Honours program in two Humanities fields. Preference may be given to students in Hispanic and Italian Studies, English, French, Classics, Philosophy, or Fine Arts. The awards are made on the recommendation of the respective departments in consultation with the Dean, Faculty of Arts.
  • Marijke Nap Memorial Prize in Print Media
    This prize, valued at $100.00, honours the memory of Marijke Nap, artist and active member of the Vancouver art community, and Printmaking Technician from 2002-2011.  Established with the support of family, friends, and colleagues, this prize is for the best third-year BA or BFA Visual Art major student enrolled in a printmaking Winter Term course. Recommended to the Awards Committee by faculty members, based on best work and grades in 3rd-year print courses.
  • Roy Kiyooka Memorial Bursary in Fine Arts
    Awarded to students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory by the Awards office, based on financial need.
  • Sharon Yacowar Frohlinger Memorial Scholarship
    A scholarship has been endowed by relatives, friends, the B'nai B'rith Family and especially B'nai B'rith Women Centennial Chapter No. 1022 in memory of Sharon Mavis Yacowar Frohlinger in recognition of her devoted community services and her love of the Fine Arts. The award is made to an undergraduate proceeding to a degree in one or more of the fields of theatre, fine arts, or music; the award shall be based on promise for the future and past performance. Consideration is to be given to the financial circumstances of the recipient.
  • Stafford D. Plant Scholarship in Fine Arts
    A $2,000 scholarship is offered by Thelma and Stafford Plant to an undergraduate
    student entering the second year of study in the Department of Art History, Visual Art
    and Theory. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.
  • University of BC Medal (in Fine Arts)
    Awarded to the student standing at the head of the graduating class in the BFA degree.
  • Wesbrook Scholarships and Premier Undergraduate Scholarships
    The Premier Undergraduate Scholarships and Wesbrook Scholars are the University’s most prestigious designations, given to senior students with outstanding academics, participation in sports, leadership, and involvement in student and community activities. Awards range from 20 Wesbrook Scholar designations (including a $1000 scholarship) to renewable scholarships worth $15,000 over two years.
  • Zoe Prize in Fine Arts
    A $500 prize is offered by Robert Wilson to an undergraduate student in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, with preference to students continuing on to a Master of Fine Arts Program. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

  • Affiliated Fellowships
    The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers approximately 220 University Graduate Fellowships each year to meritorious students for full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, and are open to currently registered, full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status. Students must submit their applications to their departments. Departments recommend only their highest-ranked candidates to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Only the top graduate students with a minimum first class standing [80% or higher at UBC] in each of the last two years of full-time study are nominated. Competition for Affiliated Fellowships is strong each year, and there are always many more nominations than available awards. Further information is available at www.grad.ubc.ca/awards.
  • Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts, MA or PhD
    Book prize for best essay in graduate Art History seminars. Students are recommended to the Awards Committee by faculty members.
  • Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts, MFA
    Book prize for best essay in the graduate seminar. Students are recommended to the Awards Committee by faculty members.
  • Art History Travel Research Scholarship
    Scholarships totalling $6,500 have been endowed for graduate students in Art History to assist them in the study of works of art in galleries and museums around the world. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Audain Foundation Graduate Fellowship
    Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to graduate students in the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program.  The Fellowship is a major gift from philanthropist Michael Audain. The gift creates endowments that will augment the Critical & Curatorial (CCST) program and provide financial suport to CCST students through three annual fellowships.
  • BC Binning Memorial Fellowship
    A fellowship of $18,000 has been endowed in memory of Professor Emeritus B.C. Binning, painter and founder of the Department of Fine Arts at UBC The award is made on the recommendation of the Department, to a student entering the second year in the MFA Program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, and showing exceptional promise in drawing. Preference is given to a candidate who is a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant.
  • 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 $20,000 per year 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.
  • Governor General's Gold Medal
    A gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class for the Doctoral degree. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved most outstanding academic record in the graduating class for the Master's degree with thesis. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the Faculty of Graduate Studies, as there is only one award for approximately 1,000 Master’s graduates and one award for more than 300 Doctoral graduates. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada by participating educational institutions, along with a personalized certificate signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the medals.
  • Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)
    Graduate Support Initiative awards are offered to the best and brightest incoming masters and doctoral students for full-time graduate study. All applicants to the program are automatically considered for this award. In the event that a student receives another funding offer, in excess of GSI allocation, the department reserves the right to withdraw the offer so that another student can receive funding.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Awards
    The Faculty of Arts normally awards up to 3 GTA awards per year. Administered by the Dean's Office based on departmental nominations. The award is open to any graduate teaching assistant who acts or has acted in this position during the current and/or preceding academic year.
  • Hugo E. Meilicke Memorial Fellowship
    This fund was established by the late Hugo E. Meilicke who gave distinguished service to the community through his business associations and through active participation in organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, the Salvation Army, the Vancouver Foundation, the Crippled Children's Hospital, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Symphony Society. The annual income of $39,000 provides awards in various fields such as agriculture, political science, commerce, fine arts, and music. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • IODE Fine Arts Foundation Scholarship
    Four awards of $650.00 each have been endowed by the University Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. They are made on the joint recommendation of the Departments of Creative Writing, Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Theatre and the School of Music, for excellence in these fields.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Masters and Doctoral Scholarships and Fellowships
    Awards based on academic excellence. Students who are either Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants with first-class averages in their last two years of full-time study may be eligible to submit applications for these prestigious national awards. Applications are submitted to the Department in the fall. Further information is available at www.sshrc.ca
  • Teaching Assistantships
    TA positions are normally offered to students entering their second year of graduate programs. Notices of teaching assistantships are posted in the Department on April 1st. Duties include leading discussion sections and marking exams and papers for certain undergraduate courses, for a maximum of 12 hours per week.
  • Travel Fund - Conferences (Faculty of Graduate Studies)
    Graduate students are eligible for reimbursement from the Graduate Student Travel Fund once per degree program. The Travel Fund provides travel support to a maximum of $400 per graduate student who presents a paper or poster at an official conference or symposium (student workshops are ineligible) or who participate in a music competition. The conference or competition must take place while the student is enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program.
  • UBC-CCA Collection Research Grant
    PhD candidates in the department of Art History Visual Art and Theory can apply to participate in a joint fellowship offered by The Canadian Centre for Architecture to undertake research in CCA's collection and library.
  • Vanier Scholarship
    The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years. For more information, visit http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html

  • Helen Belkin Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts
    A scholarship of $2,000 has been endowed by the President's Fund to honour the memory of Helen Mary Emily Belkin. The scholarship is offered to a fine arts student on the recommendation of the Department. Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible.
  • Helen Pitt Bursary in Fine Arts
    Awarded to students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory by the Awards office, based on financial need.
  • Roloff Beny Foundation Scholarship
    The Roloff Beny Foundation has endowed a $10,000 scholarship (or two awards of equal value to a total of $10,000) for undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory whose work focuses on photo-based practices. Roloff Beny, a famous Canadian photographer, painter and designer, died in March 1984. For the outstanding photography and design of his beautiful books, he won numerous awards, including the Gold Medal of the Leipzig International Book Fair, the Charles Blanc Medallion of the French Academy, and the Order of Canada. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Thea Koerner Memorial Scholarship
    A scholarship of $1,000, endowed by her friends in memory of Thea Koerner and in recognition of her most generous encouragement of the arts at the University and in British Columbia, is awarded upon the recommendation by the Theatre Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Departments of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, and the School of Music, to a full-time student regularly enrolled in one of these areas and proceeding to a degree, whose past performance and future promise qualify him or her as the most suitable recipient of the award.