Most students will apply only after identifying a faculty sponsor at either UBC or SFU, in whose lab they will conduct their thesis research. However, students may also apply to either university upon which their application will be made available to bioinformatics faculty who are seeking students. At UBC, students enter the Bioinformatics Graduate Program. At SFU, students are accepted through Molecular Biology and Biochemistry program or the School of Computing Science; see also SFU Bioinformatics or the SFU Program Director for more information. It is advised that prospective students seek out a potential faculty member prior to their application.
Students who have been accepted at either SFU or UBC for study in Bioinformatics can additionally apply for funding through our NSERC-CREATE grant. In addition to providing an increased stipend, the scholarship involves a 3 month internship. Students apply for the internship with their faculty sponsor. Note: the responsibility of completing the NSERC-CREATE application rests on their faculty sponsor. Details are available here.
In addition, students are be eligible for a travel award of $500 per year.
Additional funding opportunities (UBC and SFU)
MSc and PhD students are encouraged to apply to external scholarship competitions from national agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council as well as provincial funding through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Please refer to the individual granting agency websites for competition details and deadlines.