One Health | Graduate Student Scholarship

Graduate Student Scholarship Program

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 One Health Graduate Student Scholarship Program has been created to stimulate collaborative academic activity between the University of Guelph and McMaster University and between the University of Guelph and Western University.


Faculty at the University of Guelph are eligible to apply if they are supervising a graduate student who is conducting research in One Health.  The research must also be in collaboration with a researcher at one of McMaster University or Western University, and the researcher must also be a member of the graduate student’s supervisory committee. Sharing research space is encouraged.

Value and Duration

Students enrolling in thesis-based Master’s, PhD or DVSc programs at the University of Guelph are eligible for this award. The award is payable in per-semester instalments until the program of study is complete or the maximum funding duration is reached (Table 1). Scholarships will be confirmed and awarded once an eligible student is accepted and the graduate advisory committee established. Student award recipients are expected to enrol in and complete the Collaborative Specialization in One Health program.

This scholarship can be held concurrently with other scholarships.

Up to two scholarships will be awarded from the University of Guelph each year for the next two years, with the annual budget capped at $120,000.

Table 1: Scholarship award amount and duration of funding by program type   

Annual amount of awardProgramMax. duration of funding
$22,000Thesis-based master’s2 years
$25,000PhD (transfer)3 years
$25,000DVSc3 years
$25,000PhD (direct entry from undergraduate program)4 years

Award Allocation

Table 2: Schedule of Dates

DateAction Due
Friday December 10, 2021Call for Project Proposals Opens
Monday January 10, 2022Project Proposals Due
Monday January 31, 2022Successful Proposals Announced

How to Apply

Applications will be submitted by the primary advisor, and once provisionally approved, can be used as a recruitment tool. Applications should be a maximum length of 1500 words and include the name and contact information of the faculty member and the research team (with affiliations) who will be on the supervising committee for the graduate student. Please include the project title, background, objectives, description and experimental plan for the proposed research and a description as to how the proposed research employs a One Health approach to the research question(s).

Completed applications will be submitted by email to the One Health Institute at

Evaluation Process and Criteria

The Director, One Health Institute, with members of the One Health Institute Advisory Board, will select the recipient(s) from among the nominations received on or prior to the closing date, based on the following criteria:

  • Faculty applicant is eligible to supervise a student in a MA, MSc, DVSc or PhD program at the University of Guelph.
  • There will be faculty representation on the graduate student’s supervisory committee from either McMaster University or Western University.
  • The faculty advisor’s record of graduate student advising, research productivity and the availability of the required operating funds and infrastructure.
  • The research objectives and experimental plan are rational, clear and feasible.
  • The proposed research demonstrably employs a One Health approach.

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