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Funded in part by a seven-year, $76.7 million dollar contribution from the Canada First Research Excellence fund, Food from Thought has allocated nearly $4 million for graduate student initiatives.

For information on Graduate Research Assistantships, click here.

For information on Conference Bursaries, click here.

Food from Thought Research Assistantships

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Food from Thought, in partnership with the Arrell Food Institute, welcomes up to 20 Research Assistants per academic year with a stipend of $17,500. In compliment to their research, these students work with community partners on solutions to problems related to big data, food waste and climate change through a series of workshops, collaborations and interdisciplinary team projects.

Conference Bursaries

Food from Thought provides travel bursaries for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows four times per year to present their research at conferences and promote knowledge mobilization and partnerships for the Food from Thought program.

Applicants must be either a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow working directly on a Food from Thought-funded research project, a Food from Thought Research Assistant, or an Arrell Scholar. Successful recipients must establish relevance to Food from Thought research and objectives in their application.

Upcoming Conference Bursary deadlines:

  • December 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2019

Graduate students or postdoctoral fellows working on Food from Thought research who are planning to present their research at a conference in the coming months should fill out a Conference Bursary application form and forward their signed and completed form to

*Note: This is a fillable form most compatible with Adobe Acrobat

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Food from Thought Welcomes New Research Assistant Cohort for September 2018

The University of Guelph has selected sixteen outstanding graduate students to receive exclusive Food from Thought Research Assistant awards for 2018-19.

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