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Arrell Graduate Scholarships

How to Apply

  • Applicants should apply for admission to a graduate program at the University of Guelph with a plan of research that is compatible with the Arrell Food Institute’s vision (e.g. food security, plant science, consumer behavior, diet and nutrition, etc.). For a complete listing of the many graduate programs and application information, review the website for Prospective Students. For insights into some of Guelph’s agriculture and food scholars, go to Experts at the University of Guelph and Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. The application for admission must be complete as of the scholarship application deadline in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • In addition to applying for admission to a graduate program, applicants must also submit to the Graduate Awards Officers ( – with the subject line ‘Arrell Food Institute Graduate Scholarships’):
  1. a statement of research interests and personal motivations;
  2. a current CV;
  3. a letter of support from the prospective advisor which also confirms the applicant is or will be accepted into a graduate program (this letter can be emailed to the Graduate Awards Officers directly from the prospective advisor)


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.

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 linked to the Arrell Food Institute, to address global food issues. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the ‘Food from Thought’ research program, a $76.6 million investment from Canada’s First Research Excellence Fund.

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)          

The scholarship will be applied to the recipient’s student account in three equal installments per year for the duration of the award.


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

December 15, 2017

The deadline has been extended until February 28, 2018.

Conditions of Funding

  • Recipients will be expected to participate in collaborative projects with the Arrell Food Institute and other scholarship winners
  • Recipients must maintain satisfactory progress in their graduate program


If you have questions about the scholarship application process, please email the Graduate Awards Officers, in the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.  (

If you have questions pertaining to the vision of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, please email

For the official and most current application instructions, be sure to check the Internal Awards website.