Types of awards

Most awards and scholarships are presented on the basis of academic achievement. Many of the awards do not require applications as all students in the Faculty are automatically considered for them. The awards which do require an application, letter of application and/or letters of reference, are identified in the lists below.

Definitions:

Bursaries

Bursary criteria normally include a minimum grade point average requirement although financial need is the first and foremost consideration. Completion of the University of Manitoba General Bursary application will qualify you for most bursaries offered by the Faculty. Applications are available in mid-August each year through the Aurora Student portal.  Students are encouraged to complete the general bursary application form in order to be considered for all bursaries for which they are eligible. Completion of one application will qualify students for most bursaries offered by the Faculty.

Convocation prizes

These are prestigious awards presented to graduating students. These awards reflect the highest academic distinction earned by a student in a faculty or program. Many are presented at the convocation ceremonies.

Entrance scholarships

Entrance scholarships recognize the achievements of recent high school graduates and are designed to assist in financing their post secondary studies. Some entrance awards require application and some do not.

Fellowships

Fellowships are normally offered to full time students based on academic achievement and course load only and require that the recipient re-register at the University of Manitoba for the subsequent year. In most cases, students must register for, and complete at least 80 percent of a course load per term (i.e. a minimum of 12 credit hours per term), unless otherwise specified in the terms of the scholarship by the donor (or a representative of the donor).

Graduate students do not have to adhere to credit hour minimums provided they are registered as full time students over the fall and winter terms with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Prizes and medals

Prizes are offered to full and part time students based on academic performance in a particular course or program and do not require the recipient to re-register at the University of Manitoba.

Medals are offered to full and part time students based on academic performance in a particular course or program, and do not require the recipient to re-register at the University of Manitoba.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded according to academic performance in a given program, year, or course. Scholarships are normally offered to full time students based on academic achievement and course load only, and require that the recipient re-register at The University of Manitoba for the subsequent year.

Undergraduate research awards

In summer, recipients work alongside professors in their research labs and gain valuable experiential learning in a scientific research environment. Application is required.

Centennial Entrance Scholarship

The University of Manitoba and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development are offering 11 Centennial Entrance scholarships valued at $2,000 to high school students with an interest in pursuing a degree or diploma in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

You qualify to apply if you:

  • Apply for admission to the University of Manitoba;
  • Complete courses required for admission into the University of Manitoba from a Manitoba high school;
  • provide a brief letter outlining your vision for rural Manitoba and career goals in agri-food and rural economy sectors;
  • Provide a current resume;
  • Provide a transcript with most recent/interim marks; and,
  • Provide a personal reference letter from an employer, supervisor or other (not a family member, personal friend, or Manitoba Agriculture staff member).

Diploma in Agriculture awards

Bursaries

The University of Manitoba General Bursary Application is available through the Aurora Student portal at the beginning of August every year with the awards given out late fall. Some bursaries require a supplemental application or an award-specific application. These requirements will be outlined in UM Learn.

Faculty undergraduate degree awards

Awards open to all students in Faculty degree programs are categorized below by award type. Further below, awards where specific areas of study or program form part of the eligibility criteria are grouped accordingly.

Convocation awards - general

These awards do not require application and are generally handed out to a graduating student who has achieved highest standing in selected course(s) or program.

Scholarships and prizes - general

Scholarships and prizes are awarded according to academic performance in a given program, year, or course. Some require application, some do not. Specific course/program requirements are identified in the list below where applicable.

Animal systems

Bursaries (application required)

Convocation awards

Scholarships/prizes

Entomology

Food and human nutritional sciences

Bursaries (application required)

Convocation awards

Scholarships/prizes

Undergraduate external awards in agriculture

Entrance and undergraduate

  • University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarships - students who apply to the U of M are automatically considered for these awards
  • AACT John Kitt Memorial Scholarship - The American Association of Candy Technologists is offering the AACT John Kitt Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to a second year or higher undergraduate student who has demonstrated an interest in food science (confectionary preferred) and meets the criteria at www.aactcandy.org.
  • Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship - $1,500 entrance scholarships for those planning to enroll at a Canadian post‑secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program.
  • Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation - six $2,500 scholarships for students enrolling in a post-secondary agricultural degree or diploma program
  • Canadian Meat Science Association Scholarships - The CMSA is now accepting scholarship applications for both graduate (2 x $3,000) and undergraduate (2 x $2,500) students interested in meat science research.
  • Career Trek Scholarships - for graduates of any Career Trek program who meet the other requirements listed in the application.
  • Farm Links Scholarships - for students who are planning to enroll in an agriculture-related field of study
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited Excellence in Ag Program for students enrolled in or entering an agriculture or business degree or diploma program. Scholarships, paid summer internships and fulltime career opportunities upon graduation.
  • FMC-CADAP Excellence Award for Agricultural Students - encourages students to enhance their communication skills and raise awareness of the importance of farm business management. Students must submit multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki.
  • Holstein Canada Education Awards - 6 awards of $1,000 for agricultural students across Canada
  • International Livestock Forum Student Travel Fellowships - all undergraduate and graduate students from any university around the world, pursuing a degree in Animal Science or another agricultural field, are eligible to apply for an ILF Student Travel Fellowship. Twenty students will be selected for this fellowship, which covers flight, accommodations and conference registration costs.
  • Keith Gilmore Foundation Awards - for Canadian citizens who are diploma, degree, and graduate students engaged in studies leading to a career in the beef industry.
  • KGF Prize for Beef Cattle Innovation - supports excellence and leadership for applicants in advanced studies leading to a career in the beef industry. Valued at $10,000,
  • Hereford Youth Scholarship - supports excellence in ongoing studies in any undergraduate program leading to a career related to the livestock industry. Valued at $2,500.
  • Future of the Breed Scholarship - supports who have made outstanding contributions to the Hereford industry. Valued at $1,000.
  • Kirchner Food Fellowship program - fosters the development of individuals who have the practical skills and knowledge to make effective investments in emerging agricultural technologies that have the possibility of addressing global food security.
  • Major Jay Fox Memorial Scholarship - developed by the Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers, this annual scholarship recognizes a student continuing in the field of agriculture that has made a significant difference in their communities. One bursary will be awarded annually in the amount of $500.
  • Manitoba Beef Producers Scholarship - for Manitoba Beef Producers members or their children attending a university, college or other post‐secondary institution or pursuing trades training.
  • Manitoba Canola Growers Association - valued at $1,000. Applicants must be from a farm that is a member of the MCGA and must plan on attending a Canadian post-secondary institution within two years of graduating from high school.
  • Manitoba Forage Seed Award - $500 award to be offered to a qualified high school or university student who is a Manitoba resident; is a member of, or has a parent who is a member of, the Manitoba Forage Seed Association (MFSA), or who has a special interest in forage seed production (e.g. school study related to forage seeds); and is enrolled, or is applying to enroll, in a degree or diploma program in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba; and has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 or 65%.
  • Manitoba Schools Science Symposium Scholarships - participants at the MSSS are eligible to apply for these entrance scholarships
  • Masterfeeds Future Masterfeeder Scholarship - $1000 scholarship to an individual (ages 17-19) pursuing post-secondary education in the area of agriculture within Canada. Preference will be given to students majoring in animal science or biology.
  • Red River Exhibition Foundation - Agriculture & Agri-Food Scholarships - entrance and travel scholarships for agriculture students
  • Skip and Margaret Skaptason Memorial Scholarship - valued at $750. This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Application forms available by contacting Alicyn Goodman. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, good citizenship and leadership potential.

NSERC undergraduate student research awards

Experience research! Become immersed in the research environment working alongside professors in their research labs over a 16-week period from May to August.

The annual competition opens each December with a mid January deadline. Awarded at the end of each January, there are typically between 10 and 14 $6,000 awards to support full time, summer research.

UM undergraduate student research awards

UM is the first Canadian university to offer an Undergraduate Research Award open to undergraduate students.

Open to all fields and ranges of research, scholarly works, and creative ideas, this is a unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students. Interact with the best minds and research leaders outstanding in their fields and open up new possibilities for your research career in government, academic or industry sectors.

Faculty graduate student awards

The graduate student awards below are categorized according to the general areas of research. All require an application unless otherwise specified.

Bursaries

Scholarships, fellowships and prizes-general

Scholarships, fellowships and prizes-entomology

Scholarships, fellowships and prizes-soil science

Graduate external awards in agriculture

Graduate

  • Animal Nutrition Association of Canada Graduate Scholarships - Since 2004, ANAC has offered annual scholarships for graduate students enrolled in Animal Science or a related field of study at a Canadian university, with a specific interest (research project/course selection) in animal nutrition. There are two annual scholarships of $2,000 each, one awarded to applicants east of the Manitoba/Ontario border, and the other awarded to applicants west of the Manitoba/Ontario border.
  • Aviagen Postgraduate Scholarship in Poultry Genetics - Aviagen and the Canadian Poultry Research Council offer this $5,000 postgraduate scholarship in poultry genetics. Applicants will be studying/conducting research on poultry genetic issues.
  • Canadian Dairy Commission Scholarship Program - maximum of $20,000 per year for up to two years for a full-time Master’s students and maximum of $30,000 per year for up to three years for a full-time Ph.D. students. Both scholarships include $5,000 for the development of soft competencies including additional elements of study that benefit employability such as internships, presentations at industry conferences (national or international), training in product development, marketing, human resources, etc.
  • Canadian Meat Science Association Scholarships - The CMSA is now accepting scholarship applications for both graduate (2 x $3,000) and undergraduate (2 x $2,500) students interested in meat science research.
  • Canadian Meat Science Association Travel Award - The CMSA is offering a $2000 travel award to attending the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (an international scientific conference focused on meat science and technology.
  • CSA Group Graduate Scholarship - This $10,000/year (max 2-year) award supports graduate students in the pursuit of knowledge generation related to standards. Open to Masters students studying at public Canadian universities in any field, and must include standards as a component of the research.
  • Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship - For graduate students with a research focus related to agricultural business/commerce/economic/trade.
  • International Livestock Forum Student Travel Fellowships - all undergraduate and graduate students from any university around the world, pursuing a degree in Animal Science or another agricultural field, are eligible to apply for an ILF Student Travel Fellowship. Twenty students will be selected for this fellowship, which covers flight, accommodations and conference registration costs.
  • Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship (Soils) - The Agriculture Institute of Canada Foundation provides a scholarship for graduate students in soil science and related studies (including environment, geology, agroecology, and other related disciplines). Students may be enrolled in any post-secondary institution within or outside of Alberta.
  • Keith Gilmore Foundation Awards - for Canadian citizens who are diploma, degree, and graduate students engaged in studies leading to a career in the beef industry.
  • Kirchner Food Fellowship program - fosters the development of individuals who have the practical skills and knowledge to make effective investments in emerging agricultural technologies that have the possibility of addressing global food security.
  • Seed of the Year Award - two scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to students enrolled in plant breeding or genetics a a graduate level. Recipients will be selected from the following Western Canadian Universities: University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, or University of Saskatchewan.  Two applications will be submitted from each university for consideration.  Two scholarships will be selected from the six submitted.
  • William F. Jaggard Memorial Scholarship Award - Applicants are required to be currently enrolled or accepted into a graduate degree program specifically related to the flavor industry. According to the SFC, the ideal candidate will have a proven passion for analytical chemistry as it relates to the flavor or food industry.

UM Graduate Fellowships

The UM Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) are valued for a 12-month period at $14,000 for Masters students and $18,000 for PhD students. Please check with your department for how to be considered for a UM Graduate Fellowship.

Application deadline: Please contact your department.

Contact

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