U of S now accepting applications for major graduate scholarship in global food security

November 27, 2017

Applications are now being accepted from graduate students for the Dr. Donald Baxter Scholarships for Global Food Security for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Value: $40,000 per year

Description:
The Dr. Donald Baxter Scholarships for Global Food Security was established through a very generous $1M endowment from Dr. Patrick Man Pan Yuen, MD, FRCP(C) – an alumnus from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine, class of 1964 – and an annual matching contribution of $40,000 for 25 years from the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS).

The Baxter Scholarships are intended to reward achievement and to recognize graduate students from the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong involved in research and study in any pertinent academic department of the University of Saskatchewan provided that the student’s primary supervisor is a GIFS member or associate member. The Baxter Scholarships may be of interest to students in a variety of disciplines, including Agri-Food Policy, Food, Health and Nutrition, Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology, Agronomy, Chemistry, Plant Sciences, Soil Sciences, etc.

In each of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years, there will be one scholarship of $40,000 awarded.
Beginning in 2019-20 and continuing for 22 more years, there will be two scholarships of $40,000 each awarded.

Eligibility:
• The student must be registered full time in a graduate degree program or have been recommended for admission to a graduate degree program in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
• The student’s primary supervisor must be a member or associate member of the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan.
• The student must have a minimum entrance average of 80%. When determining eligibility, only whole terms (not partial terms) are used to obtain a minimum of 60 credit units on which to compute the student’s GPA. Courses with grades of Pass, Credit, etc. are not included when computing the student’s GPA.
• The student must be a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) or Hong Kong.
• Master’s students are eligible to hold this scholarship for a maximum of two years if they meet the renewal criteria.
• PhD students are eligible to hold this scholarship for a maximum of four years if they meet the renewal criteria.
• A student who receives the scholarship as a Master’s student and converts to a PhD program is eligible to hold the scholarship for a maximum of four years if they meet the renewal criteria.
• A student who receives the scholarship as a Master’s student, completes their Master’s program, and applies for a PhD program is eligible to re-apply for the scholarship but can hold the scholarship for a maximum of four years in total if they meet the renewal criteria.
• In order to be eligible for renewal of their scholarship, the student must remain in full-time studies, must maintain good academic standing and an average of 80%, continue in a program as identified above, continue to have their primary supervisor be a member or associate member of the Global Institute for Food Security, and uphold the spirit of the award.Annually, the student must submit to the Chair of the Award Committee a one-page report describing their research progress. The Award Committee must also receive a letter from the Chair of the student’s Advisory Committee stating the unanimous recommendation of that Committee for renewal of the student’s award.

Additional Information:
• Master’s students are eligible to hold this scholarship for a maximum of two years if they meet the renewal criteria.
• PhD students are eligible to hold this scholarship for a maximum of four years if they meet the renewal criteria.
• A student who receives the scholarship as a Master’s student and converts to a PhD program is eligible to hold the scholarship for a maximum of four years if they meet the renewal criteria.
• A student who receives the scholarship as a Master’s student, completes their Master’s program, and applies for a PhD program is eligible to re-apply for the scholarship but can hold the scholarship for a maximum of four years in total if they meet the renewal criteria.

Apply:
For the 2018-19 academic year, applications must be received by January 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. CST.

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