STIPENDS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES
You must have good grades — typically an 85%+ GPA in your last two years — to have a chance of winning a grad scholarship. If you’re seeking funding for a Masters, previous research experience is useful, while actual authorship on a peer-reviewed publication will put you ahead of the pack (so try and make yourself indispensible to a PI!). If you’re an MSc student looking for doctoral funding, publications are not just helpful, they are essential: you need at least one to be in with a chance (while two or more means you’re likely to do well).
The most likely sources of funding for you are NSERC, followed by provincial scholarships (e.g. an Ontario Graduate Studentship [OGS]). These have September deadlines for PhDs, December deadlines for MScs, and are awarded the following Mar-April, typically for a start date in the fall (thus for PhDs you’re typically applying a year in advance). War Memorial scholarships are another possibility, though very competitive.
For farm animal projects (in my case this typically means mink), OMAFRA HQP studentships are a great source of funding, with year round deadlines.
OMAFRA HQP studentships (see above) are potentially open to non-Canadians too (although if you’re here on a visa rather than as a landed immigrant, you’ll be stung for international fees). Trillium awards are offered annually (March). They are lucrative… but highly competitive. Guelph also offers one Nora Cebotarev scholarship a year, to an outstanding woman from a developing country. Potential candidates should contact me by Feb. NSERC Vaniers are another great scholarship, but again very competitive (deadline: Sept. each year). For other Canadian and Commonwealth scholarships (including ones for short visits), see https://w01.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca/scholarshipnoncdn-boursenoncdn.aspx?lang=eng
Your own country may well have its own scholarships for international grad studies too (e.g. NSF and other US agencies for American students; Canadian Rhodes scholarships for Oxford graduates; and La Caixa scholarships in Spain). But be warned: all these programmes are fiercely competitive …
I welcome visiting fellows (e.g. Canadian holders of NSERC PDFs; and non-Canadian holders of Banting awards or Fyssen Fellowships). I am happy to help you write a fellowship application, and would support all your research and conference costs while in my lab.
For applied projects working with mink, NSERC industrial fellowships are a possibility because the Canada Mink Breeders Assoc. is a recognised NSERC industrial partner. OMAFRA also funds grants (with calls for ‘Letters of Intent’ coming out annually each fall, so please contact me by the summer if interested).MITACS schemes are a great additional way to make any funds won go further.