Plant Agriculture PhD Investment Initiative | Ontario Agricultural College

Plant Agriculture PhD Investment Initiative

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$150,000 in PhD Funding Available

The University of Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture has launched a new PhD Investment Initiative worth $150,000 (over four years) for highly-qualified domestic PhD applicants.

The department is looking for the best and brightest students to join its PhD research program. Research in the department focuses on a variety of interests in the areas of:

  • biochemistry and physiology
  • breeding and genomics
  • production systems
  • bio-products

A full list of our researchers by research area is available here.

Sources of funding for this initiative can be found here.

The department is committed to attracting and training the next generation of research leaders to build stronger agriculture and food sectors. Contact us to discuss how your research interests and career can be elevated by work with the department.

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Funding Eligibility

Please contact us if:

  • You are keen to make a difference through the application of science
  • You are a Canadian citizen, living in or outside of Canada OR
  • You are a Permanent Resident of Canada

We can make you a competitive offer. Contact us even if you are considering another institution. 

Additional considerations and conditions:

  • Must have completed an M.Sc. degree closely aligned to the following specializations: Plant breeding and genetics; Plant biochemistry and physiology; Crop production systems; and Bioproducts
  • Minimum 87% admissions average 
  • Must have been awarded additional funding, such as NSERC, OGS or HQP scholarships
  • Up to a maximum of four years of funding available, which will be reviewed annually with satisfactory progress

How to Apply

Please submit a brief summary of your:

  • qualifications 
  • past history and interest in the agri-food sector
  • short CV with publications 
  • and any other relevant information 

To the attention of:  

Prof. Istvan Rajcan 
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Plant Agriculture
519-824-4120, Ext 53564

For More Information

Further questions can be directed to: 

Prof. Istvan Rajcan 
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Plant Agriculture
519-824-4120, Ext 53564

Tara Israel 
Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Plant Agriculture
519-824-4120, Ext 56077