Blake Graham Research Assistantship

Blake Graham Research Assistantship in One Health

One Health collaborations across disciplines, faculties and campuses are important steps to resolving and understanding complex problems that exist at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health.

The Blake Graham Research Assistantship in One Health provides support for a graduate student who currently holds a DVM or MD (or equivalent degree) and is pursuing interdisciplinary, zoonotic disease research using a One Health approach. The stipend is available to students who are advised by a faculty member from the University of Guelph and have a faculty member from McMaster University Health Sciences on their graduate student advisory committee.

Blake Graham Scholar | 2023-2027

Amilcar Bisekere | MSc, DVM, PhD candidate

“Mapping the Cryptosporidium transmission landscape among people, cattle, and lemurs in rural Madagascar”

Blake Graham Award – Application Process and Information
(Applications are not being accepted at this time)

Blake Graham scholars receive a stipend, payable annually, of $17,000 each fall semester for a maximum of four years for a PhD student OR two years for a Master’s student.

Step 1: Eligibility & Expression of Interest

To be considered for this award, email stating that you would like to apply for the Blake Graham award on behalf of a graduate student. In your email, confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria, outlined below.

You, the faculty applicant, are:

  • a current faculty member at the University of Guelph, in good standing, who is eligible to supervise a student in the MPH, MSc, DVSc or PhD program at the University of Guelph
  • engaged in interdisciplinary zoonotic disease research using a One Health approach, in collaboration with a co-investigator from McMaster University
  • able to demonstrate, with reasonable assurance, that you have enough funding to provide the remainder of the stipend for the graduate student, in programs where stipends are normally awarded, as well as sufficient resources to cover all research operational requirements
  • conducting research that demonstrably employs an interdisciplinary One Health approach

At the time of your expression of interest, you must also identify the student with whom you are working or with whom you would like to work. The student must:

  • have completed their DVM or MD at the time of their admission to the MPH, MSc, DVSc or PhD program at the University of Guelph
  • be currently enrolled full-time OR have received an offer of admission and intends to enroll full time in a MPH, MSc, DVSc or PhD program at the University of Guelph
  • demonstrate an interest in the study of zoonotic disease(s), academic excellence and superior science communication skills
  • enroll in the Collaborative Specialization in One Health

It is expected that the McMaster University co-investigator with whom the University of Guelph faculty applicant is working will be an active member of the graduate student’s advisory committee.

This award is tenable with all other awards except, this award cannot be held together with the stipend offered to DVM graduates from OVC who are completing the concurrent DVM/MPH program at the University of Guelph.

Step 2: Project Approval

Once eligibility is confirmed, the faculty applicant will be invited to submit a full application, in which the applicant will outline the research project, its objectives, how a One Health approach will be used to achieve them, and the value of including the faculty member from McMaster University. A letter from the faculty member at McMaster University must be included that states their willingness to fully engage in the student’s advisory committee.

Step 3: Student Confirmation

The award of funds remains provisional until an eligible student has accepted, the program of research confirmed, and the graduate advisory committee has been established.

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