Investing in future scientists

WGRF has invested $600,000 towards Graduate Student Scholarships at the three prairie universities since 2011. We believe there is great value in attracting the best minds to crop research to generate improved technology and productivity for western crop producers.

The Scholarship is administered on a rotating basis between the University of Manitoba, the University of Alberta, and the University of Saskatchewan. Each university receives $100,000 every three years. They can choose to fund one Ph.D. student at rate of $33,000 per year for three years, or two Master’s students at $25,000 per year for two years.

Past and Current Scholarship Recipients:

2018 – Prem Pokharel (U of A) PhD StudentFocused on nutrient cycling, soil microbiology, crop productivity and greenhouse gas emission reduction from the soil.

2017 – Ti Zhang (U of S) PhD Student – Application of small unmanned aerial vehicles in plants

2016 – Laurel Perrott (U of A) MSc – Focused on feed barley agronomy, testing different input combinations to see their effect on feed barley varieties.

2016 – Anjan Neupane (U of M) PhD Student – Focused on the inheritance of Fusarium head blight resistance in winter wheat.

2014 – Andrea De Roo (U of S) MSc – The Emergence Timing and Species Type of Cleaver Populations in Canada.

2014 – Dustin MacLean (U of S) MSc Candidate – Evaluating the Most Effective Fungicide Timing in Leaf Spot Disease and Fungicide Resistance in Races of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis (a fungal pathogen commonly associated with leaf spot diseases).

2013 – Jagroop Gill Kahlon (U of A) PhD Student – Genetic engineering for disease resistance in pea (Pisum sativum L.); transformation, efficacy and environmental biosafety focuses on genetically modified (GM) traits that may confer resistance to these two disease complexes.

2012 – Sean Asselin (U of M) PhD Student – Focused on the breeding potential of perennial sunflower species native to Western Canada.

How to apply

If you’re a student interested in applying for this scholarship, please visit the individual university websites for application details: