UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC ASSISTANT & GRADUATE ACADEMIC ASSISTANT
UAAs and GAAs are hired to perform work not academic in nature, not performed by a TA, and not directly related to students’ field of study. e.g. Performing research for a faculty member that’s not of direct benefit to the student’s academic field of study.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT & UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (FELLOWSHIP)
A Graduate Research Assistantship or an Undergraduate Research Assistantship (Fellowship) is a form of financial support for a period of graduate or undergraduate study and is, therefore, not covered by a collective agreement or handbook. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate or undergraduate students, the amount of a GRA or URA (Fellowship) is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. To determine appropriate pay methods depending on the circumstances of the arrangement, visit the Student Service Appointments page on the Graduate School website.
UBC provides financial support through scholarships, bursaries, and other assistance programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are usually awarded based on merit, while bursaries are typically awarded based on financial need. There are also awards specifically for different types of students, as well as external award opportunities.
Gain a better understanding of your costs and funding options by meeting with your Enrolment Services Advisor. Learn how to fund your studies.
The Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity for all current UBC students to develop their professional skills and learn in a work environment. Work Learn offers students the opportunity through the experiential learning outcomes to:
- Pursue mentorship opportunities
- Develop professional and personal skills
- Apply discipline specific knowledge
- Expand their network, demonstrate ownership and responsibility of work
- Develop self-awareness and reflection, contribute to the University as a whole
See the Work Learn website for details.
UBC offers co-op students a chance at relevant work experience that can help launch your career after graduation, giving you an edge in the competitive job market. For current opportunities available, please visit the Student Services webpage.
The UBC Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore their interest in health research by undertaking a summer project supervised by a Faculty of Medicine researcher
The BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute has approximately 17 studentships given to top ranked students based on scholarly achievement, scientific merit of the proposed project, and the potential benefits applicants will gain from the experience.
Students aren't eligible for staff benefits unless they're employed as staff in staff positions. Eligibility is determined by the applicable collective agreement or handbook.
Certain categories of student employment have vacation pay calculations included in their wage rate. Other student appointments receive 4% holiday pay in addition to the wage on each paycheque.
The Student Handbook is applicable to student employees, such as Undergraduate Administrative Assistants, Undergraduate Research Assistants, Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, UBC-employed co-op students, and Work Learn students.
The handbook does not apply to students employed in positions that are part of bargaining units or Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) that are considered to be fellowships. Students who are members of bargaining units should consult their respective agreements for applicable terms and conditions.
CURRENT STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
Please visit the Student Services portal for information on current opportunities.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please check back soon to view the application form for completion.
Undergraduate students are able to work in our labs as either as worklearn students, co-op students, or as general volunteers. Some of our professors will directly hire students to work in their labs, and these positions are normally not advertised. We encourage interested applicants to get in touch with our professors to seek out any available opportunities.
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