The One Health Approach to Climate Change and Sustainability Award

The One Health Approach to Climate Change and Sustainability Award has been created to stimulate transdisciplinary collaborative academic activity between Colleges at the University of Guelph.

This award is specifically aimed at research that employs a One Health approach to further our understanding of climate change and its effects on health and the environment, including but not limited to mitigation of and adaptation to the climate crisis.


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 for six consecutive semesters for a masters student or nine consecutive semesters for a PhD student. Funds are available beginning the September of the calendar year in which the award was granted (e.g., the award is given in March, six semesters of funding begin September of that same calendar year). Studentships will be confirmed and awarded once an eligible student is accepted, and the graduate advisory committee established. Student award recipients are expected to enroll in and complete the Collaborative Specialization in One Health program.

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 studentship is tenable with other awards. One studentship will be awarded from the University of Guelph in 2024, funding to begin fall of the 2024/2025 academic year.

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

Annual Amount of AwardProgramMaximum funding duration
$22,000Thesis-based Master’s6 consecutive semesters
$25,000PhD (transfer)9 consecutive semesters
$25,000PhD (direct entry from undergraduate program)9 consecutive semesters
$25,000DVSc9 consecutive semesters

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty members in good standing at the University of Guelph are eligible to apply for this award if they are supervising (or planning to supervise) a graduate student whose research meets the focus mentioned above and if they are collaborating with a faculty member from another college. Both investigator and the collaborator must be members of the graduate student’s supervisory committee.


Award Allocation

The One Health Approach to Climate Change and Sustainability Award will be allocated through a three-stage process:

Stage 1: Faculty Submit Expressions of Interest

  • Members of the One Health Institute Advisory Board will review the expressions of interest and create a shortlist.

Stage 2: Shortlisted faculty applicants are invited to submit full applications

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a more fulsome application focused on specific feedback from the committee. This expanded expression of interest will serve as the full application.

Stage 3: Students Apply

  • Selection of students by faculty members successful in Stage 2.

Key Dates

Expressions of interest will be submitted by email to Katherine Heyland, OHI Program Manager, at heylandk@uoguelph.ca, by February 15th, 2024.

Members of the One Health Institute Advisory Board will invite full applications from a shortlist of candidates no later than the first week of March.

The successful applicant will be notified by the first week of April.


How to Apply

STAGE 1 and STAGE 2 – FACULTY

Stage 1 (Expressions of Interest – Submitted by Faculty)

How to Apply

In Stage 1, eligible faculty submit an expression of interest, a 2-page document which will include:

  • Applicant and collaborator names, email addresses, affiliations and contact information
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Description of research and how the principal investigator and collaborator will each contribute to the proposed research, ensuring that it does use a One Health approach
  • Relevancy of a One Health approach to the research
  • Description of the student’s role in the project

Email expressions of interest as a word file to Katherine Heyland, OHI Program Manager, heylandk@uoguelph.ca.

Expressions of interest are due by February 15, 2024.


Stage 2 (Full Applications – Submitted by Faculty)

Members of the One Health Institute Advisory Board will review the expressions of interest. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a more fulsome application focused on specific feedback from the committee. This expanded expression of interest will serve as the full application.

Members of the One Health Institute Advisory Board will invite full applications from a shortlist of candidates no later than the first week of March 2024.

Successful applicants will be notified by the first week of April 2024.


Evaluation Process and Criteria

The successful faculty recipient will be provisionally selected 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 a college other than where the student is registered.
  • 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.  

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

STAGE 3 – STUDENTS

Students interested in working on a specific research project will contact faculty members directly. 

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