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Prairie Improvement Network Graduate Fellowship
The Prairie Improvement Network (PIN) established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba in 2016. The purpose of the fund is to recognize graduate students focusing on research, including social sciences, within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Each year, beginning in 2018-2019, the available annual income and any unspent revenue from the fund will be used to offer one or two scholarships to graduate students who:

(1) are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies as a Master's or Ph.D. student in a program delivered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences;
(2) have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
(3) are completing a research based thesis that will, in the opinion of the selection committee, contribute to a thriving, sustainable agriculture and agribusiness community in Manitoba.

Preference in selection will be given to students who graduated from a high school in Manitoba.

Candidates will be required to submit an application that includes a copy of their thesis proposal, a statement (maximum 500 words) of how the research will contribute to a thriving, sustainable agriculture and agribusiness community and two academic letters of reference from instructors at post-secondary institutions.

The fellowships are renewable for up to one year for students in the Master's program and up to two years for students in the Ph.D. program, providing the recipients continue to meet the criteria. Ifa student does not qualify for the renewal, a new recipient may be selected. Only two students may hold the fellowship at any given time.

The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of the awards each year as outlined above.
The Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or designate) will ask the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences to act as the selection committee for this award.
The Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba has the right to modify the terms of this award if, because of changed conditions, it becomes necessary to do so. Such modification shall conform as closely as possible to the expressed intention of the donor in establishing the award.

Established: Senate, June 22, 2016

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The Prairie Improvement Network (PIN) believes the long-term health and prosperity of our grandchildren, both urban and rural, depends on the sustainable stewardship of our food-growing resources. This can be achieved through leadership and vision, and a thriving, sustainable agriculture and agri-business community in Manitoba.
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