Social Sciences and Humanities for One Health | Graduate Scholarship

Social Sciences and Humanities for One Health
Graduate Scholarship

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 Social Sciences and Humanities for One Health Graduate Scholarship has been created to stimulate collaborative academic activity between disciplines at the University of Guelph that is specifically inclusive of the social sciences and humanities.


Faculty at the University of Guelph are eligible to apply if they are supervising (or planning to supervise) a graduate student who will be conducting research in One Health, in collaboration with a co-investigator from a college other than the graduate student’s home. At least one of the co-investigators must be from a social science or humanities discipline. Both co-investigators must be members of the graduate student’s supervisory committee.

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 an MA, MSc, DVSc or PhD program at the University of Guelph.
  • There will be faculty representation on the graduate student’s supervisory committee from a social science or humanities discipline (can be either the applicant or the co-investigator).
  • 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 an interdisciplinary One Health approach that is specifically inclusive of the social sciences and humanities.

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