Student Financial Support

Graduate students require financial support to cover; 1) thesis/dissertation research expenses and 2) personal living costs for 2 to 5 years.

The student’s thesis/dissertation research expenses are normally covered by research grants held by the student’s supervisor. These expenses arise from the purchase of special equipment and supplies, travel, manuscript preparation, publication, etc.

A small number of scholarships are available to assist graduate students meet personal living costs while studying at the Dairy Centre.
Graduate students are expected to devote themselves full-time to their studies and research. They do not have time to earn income to cover personal living costs through employment away from the university. Graduate students require a stipend of at least $20,000 per year to cover the costs of tuition, books, clothing, room and board, and other living expenses. This stipend may be in the form of fellowships, scholarships and/or research assistantships (RA) from their supervisor’s research grants.


The Dairy Centre is seeking financial assistance to help it develop endowed scholarships that will fully support graduate students interested in dairy cattle. Two scholarships under development are the John and Mary Young Memorial Scholarship and the James A. Shelford Memorial Scholarship

John and Mary Young Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, providing $2,150 per annum, have been endowed in honour of John and Mary Young for a graduate student with an interest in dairy cattle research. John Young was manager of the UBC dairy herd from 1928 to 1953. He is credited with saving the UBC dairy herd duirng the Great Depression. The funds establishing the supporting endowment fund were provided by the Young family and others including the BC Ayrshire Associaton.

James A. Shelford Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Professor Jim Shelford a founding faculty member of the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre. It is currently provides $4,000 per annum and is available to all UBC students interested in dairying. This endowed scholarship was developed by donations from more than 140 individuals who remember Jim’s dedication to dairy cattle education nd research.

Other Awards


Scholarships totaling $2,000 are offered by John and Diane Bruinsma of Pacific Dairy Centre for graduate students with an interest in dairy cattle research.

Students eligible for national awards such as NSERC postgraduate scholarships and University Affiliated Scholarships are required to apply for these awards before applying for the above awards. Students do not apply for 4YF or GSI support.

STUDENT Travel awards

It is important that all graduate students gain experience presenting and defending their research a major international meetings. The UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides $500 per graduate student during each of their degree programs. In addition, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems can provide travel awards to help students present their work at conferences.