Scholarships & Awards

Several scholarships and awards are available to students with a strong academic background and research potential. Some of the scholarships are funded by the University of Guelph, others are funded by government agencies or other external sources.  A number of these scholarships are for incoming students only and may have deadlines several months in advance of program start dates, so students are encouraged to plan ahead accordingly. Other scholarships can be applied for while students are in-course.
 
Prospective students are encouraged to search the University of Guelph Graduate Award database and the Office of Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies website for information about the range of scholarships available.
 
 Major scholarships commonly held by CBS graduate students are listed below.  This list is provided for information only; prospective applicants are responsible for checking sponsor websites for up-to-date information regarding eligibility, deadlines and tenability with other awards.  Students are also encouraged to research external scholarships that support specific fields of study (e.g., Cancer Research Society, Brain Canada, etc.)
 
A list of common minor scholarships (e.g., $5,000 or less) is available at the bottom of this page.
 

Scholarship Information:

Graduate Tuition Scholarship (GTS)

Value:  $8,000 per year for 2 years (MSc) or 4 years (PhD)
Sponsor: University of Guelph
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have submitted a complete OUAC application and have a minimum admission average of 75% (B) Guelph equivalent.
Adjudication:  Department Awards Committees
How to apply: Contact your prospective advisor. Faculty must nominate incoming students to their department.
Deadline: late May
 

Competitive Matching Fund (CMF)

Value: varies
Sponsor: University of Guelph
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: Outstanding students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and who have received an offer from another institution.  With approval and funding from the Assistant VP, Graduate Studies, these students may have their offer matched by the University of Guelph.
How to apply: Faculty advisors should contact Sarah Bates, CBS Research Manager for more information about how to apply for CMF funds to help recruit a student. 
Deadline: none
 

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

Value: $15,000 x 1 year (MSc or PhD)
Sponsor: Government of Ontario
Type: Entrance or in-course
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have achieved a minimum A- (Guelph equivalent) in each of the last two years of study.  A limited number of OGS awards are available for international MSc students only.
How to apply: Instructions for applying to the OGS or QEII-GSST are available on the Office of Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies website.
Deadline: January 31
 

Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Value: $15,000 x 1 year
Sponsor: Government of Ontario
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: Canadian or international students who have achieved a minimum A- (Guelph equivalent) in each of the last two years of study, and who will be conducting research in a relevant research area (e.g., dairy nutrition).
How to apply: Instructions for applying to Dairy Farmers of Ontario scholarship are in the U of G Graduate Awards database.
Deadline: February 1
 

Aboriginal Graduate Scholarship

Value: $15,000 per year for 2 years (MSc) or $30,000 per year for 4 years (PhD)
Sponsor: University of Guelph
Type: Entrance or during first 3 semesters of study
Eligibility: First Nations, Inuit or Metis students
How to apply: Instructions for applying to the Aboriginal Graduate Scholarship are in the U of G Graduate Awards database.
Deadline: February 1
 

Brock Doctoral Scholarship

Value: $37,500 per year for 4 years (PhD only)
Sponsor: University of Guelph
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: Canadian or international students demonstrating academic excellence, leadership, teaching, research and communication skills. 
How to apply: Instructions for applying to the Brock Doctoral Scholarship are in the U of G Graduate Awards database.
Deadline: February 15
 

Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Highly Qualified Personnel Scholarship

Value: $20,000 per year for 2 years (MSc) or $25,000 per year for 3 years (PhD)
Sponsor: Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (formerly University of Guelph-OMAFRA Partnership)
Type: Entrance, or in-course students within their first three semesters
Eligibility: Canadian or international students working in a relevant research area. Students must complete a work placement with an industry, government or community partner as part of the scholarship, or participate in an industry-relevant team challenge.
How to apply: Instructions for applying to the Highly Qualified Personnel Scholarship are available on the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance website.
Deadline: varies (usually in March)
 

Arrell Scholarship

Value: $50,000 per year for 2 years (MSc) or 4 years (PhD)
Sponsor: University of Guelph – Arrell Food Institute
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: Exceptional Canadian or international students working in a relevant research area (food, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, crop science, etc.). Minimum A- admission average.
How to apply: Instructions for applying to the Arrell Scholarship are available on the Arrell Food Institute website.
Deadline: late February
 

Tri-Council Scholarships (CGS-M, PGS-D, CGS-D and Vanier)

Value: $17,500 for 1 year (CGS-M), $21,000 per year for 2-3 years (PGS-D), $35,000 per year for 2-3 years (CGS-D) or $50,000 per year for 3 years (Vanier)
Sponsor: Tri-Council Agencies (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC)
Type: Entrance or in-course (depending on how long student has been in program)
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents with outstanding grades and research potential (Vanier also considers leadership potential).  International students are eligible to hold a Vanier only.
How to apply:  Varies by program. Instructions for applying to Tri-Council Scholarships are available on the Graduate Studies website.
Deadline: Fall (exact dates vary by program)
 

International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship

Value: $12,500 per year for 4 years (PhD)
Sponsor: University of Guelph
Type: Entrance or in-course
Eligibility: International students with an admission average of 80% (A-), or international students without an A- admission average who have completed their qualifying exam. 
How to apply:  N/A.  Students who meet eligibility requirements will receive this funding automatically.
Deadline: N/A
 

CBS- International PhD Graduate Research Assistantship (CBS-IGRA)

Value: $13,000 per year for 4 years (tenable with IDTS award)
Sponsor: College of Biological Science
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: International students applying or transferring to a PhD program in CBS, with a minimum A- admission average, who have enrolled in their PhD program in the current spring semester, or will enroll in the upcoming fall or winter semester.  Students must registering as a student in HHNS, IB or MCB.
Adjudication:  Department Awards Committee (1 award available per department annually)
How to apply: Contact your prospective advisor. Faculty must nominate incoming students to their department.
Deadline: May 22 (HHNS and IB), June 1 (MCB)
 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Graduate Research Assistantship

Value:  $15,334 per year for 2 years (MSc only)
Sponsor: College of Biological Science
Type: Entrance
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are planning are planning to enroll in the MSc program in HHNS, MCB or IB the following fall. and will be conducting SoTL-related research.
Adjudication:  CBS Graduate Awards Committee  (2 awards available for 2019/20)
How to apply: Contact your prospective advisor. Faculty must nominate incoming students and provide a project description, student CV and transcripts.  
Deadline: June 1
 

Mitacs Accelerate

Value: up to $24,000 per year (max period of support is 18 months for MSc, 3 years for PhD)
Sponsor: Mitacs + co-funding from partner organization (private company or eligible non-for-profit )
Type: Entrance or in-course
Eligibility: Canadian or international citizens working on a project relevant to an eligible partner.
How to apply: Instructions for applying to Mitacs Scholarships are available on the Mitacs website.
Deadline: Apply anytime

Additional Opportunities for International Students

Chinese Scholarship Council – for M.Sc. and PhD students from China.

Additional Minor Internal Scholarships and Awards

Please refer to the Graduate Awards Database for a complete listing of awards available to CBS students.