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Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Graduate Travel Award
In 2016, the Board of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) Scholarship Trust decided to bring its operations to a conclusion, and in doing so established graduate awards at nine Canadian universities to support graduate students studying in food science programs. With a gift of just over $25,000 an endowment fund was established at the University of Manitoba to recognize graduate students travelling to present their work at major events. Each year, beginning in 2018-2019, the available annual income from the fund will be used to offer one or more travel awards to graduate students who:

(I) are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in a graduate program delivered by the Department of Food Science in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, or in a discipline closely related to Food Science*;

(2) have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;

(3) have been accepted to present either an oral or poster presentation at one of the following events:
(a) International Union of Food Science and Technology World Congress of Food Science and Technology,
(b) Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology National Conference, or
(c) Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting.

* Students in departments outside of Food Science (including but not limited to Human Nutritional Sciences) are eligible to apply, provided that the research program is one that is an area of classic food science, or their supervisor is a member of CIFST.

Applications are available from the Department of Food Sciences and must be submitted by the advertised deadline.

Award selection will be based on the following (in order of importance):

(i) academic performance;
(ii) comments from letters of recommendation;
(iii) the quality of the abstract submitted and proposed research results to be presented;
(iv) the potential value of the meeting to the student's development.

Recipients will submit receipts for travel, registration, hotel and food expenses (based on current University of Manitoba per diem rates). Expenses will be reimbursed up to the value of the award offered. Funding must be used within the 12-month period following the date of the award offer. Recipients graduating within the 12-month period following the date of the award offer must use the funding no later than six months from the date of convocation.

The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of awards offered each year based on the available funding and number of eligible students. If there are no suitable candidates in any given year, the award may be offered to students who otherwise meet criteria (I) and (2) and who will be attending, but not presenting at, either of the events listed as (a) or (c) in criterion (3) above.

The Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or designate) will ask the Head of the Department of Food Science (or designate) to convene 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, May 17, 2017

To be eligible for this scholarship, please fill out and submit all required application documents by the deadline.

Please download the application form from "Supporting Files" below.

Deadline to apply:
@ 11:59 p.m.

ONE award of $2,000 is available for the 2016-17 academic year.
Award Type:
Travel Scholarship
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