Awards & Aid

All full-time students are eligible for scholarships in the MFA programs at UBC Creative Writing. Full-time status is determined by UBC for funding purposes as 12 credits of courses (6 per term) in the fall/winter term.


Incoming MFA students may be awarded scholarships at the discretion of the Creative Writing Program. We receive modest Graduate Support funding each year, and allocate this to students in both the on-campus and Optional-Residency Programs.


Graduate Awards frequently sends notices of scholarships, fellowships, competitions, travel awards and these are posted on the Graduate Advisor’s bulletin board throughout the year as well as the Graduate Studies website:



For programs following completion of second year undergraduate, professional diploma, or post-graduate programs; or equivalent private instruction, offering up to $3,500 for full-time winter studies. The award is available for full-time study at recognized post-secondary institutions or academies without restriction of country. Assistance is available for a maximum of six years of full-time study at an institution, or three years equivalent private instruction. Applicants should demonstrate a first-class standing in an eligible field of study. Preference will be given to applicants who have resided in British Columbia for at least one year prior to application. Artists currently established as professional in their field are not eligible for assistance.

Deadline & Application Forms – Contact:
B.C. Arts Council, Box 9819, Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, B.C. V8V 9W3
Phone:(250) 356-1718


Canadian student loans are government-funded repayable financial assistance. Eligibility is determined by a standard means test. Students are required to apply for student loans through their province of residence. See the UBC Student Services website for further information.

Non-Canadian students should inquire in their country of residence regarding student loans.

UBC also offers bursaries to students who have student loans. There are general bursaries available to all UBC students as well as a few bursaries designated specifically for Creative Writing students. See the UBC Student Services website

Please note that on-campus students are also eligible for bursaries and loans to cover the summer term, since they are enrolled over the summer.