Unique opportunities to be part of the "Food from Thought" research program - $76.6 million investment from Canada's First Research Excellence Fund

Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

Arrell Food Institute Graduate Funding Opportunities

The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph is now accepting scholarship applications for students entering a graduate program in the Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 semesters. The Institute is seeking emerging scholars who are not only academically outstanding but also passionately committed to ensuring that future generations are well fed, that diets are nutritious and equitable, and that agriculture is sustainable.

Value & Duration
Master’s - $50,000 per year for up to 2 years (6 semesters)
            Doctoral - $50,000 per year for up to 4 years (12 semesters)           

Students entering a graduate program in the Summer, Fall or Winter semester following the application deadline with a minimum first-class (A-) admissions average, whose research aligns with the vision of the Arrell Food Institute.

Selection Criteria
The scholarships will be awarded following a selection process through which all application files will be screened and then reviewed by a scholarship selection committee based upon:

  • Outstanding academic achievement;
  • Relevance of proposed research and personal motivation to the vision of the Arrell Food Institute;
  • Demonstration of commitment to public engagement, as evidenced in the CV; and an
  • Interview with the scholarship selection committee for those applicants that are short-listed.

Application Deadline
February 28, 2018

For more information, read Arrell Scholarships 2018/2019 or visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Internal Awards page. 


Food From Thought Graduate Research Assistantships

As a complement to their graduate research, successful applicants will provide leadership within multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students, who will work with community, government and industry partners, and University of Guelph experts to tackle challenges in sustainable agriculture and food production. Participation in the GRA program will include a commitment of between 5 to 10 hours per week. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the ‘Food from Thought’ research program, a $76.6 million investment from CFREF

Number of Research Assistantships & Value
For 2018-19 (September 2018- April 2019), Food from Thought will select up to 20 GRAs valued at $17,500 stipend per year. The stipend will be paid in form of biweekly payments through the University of Guelph payroll system.

Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Guelph, or who are entering a graduate program no later than the Fall semester following the application deadline. Students must also have a minimum first class (A-) admissions average and their research must align with the goals of the Food from Thought.

Application Deadline
April 15, 2018

For more information including the Selection Criteria and How to Apply visit the Food From Thought Research Assistantships page on the Arrell Food Institutes webpage. 

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