Conference Bursary Application

Application Instructions:

  • The Food from Thought Conference Bursary Program provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in virtual or in-person conferences relevant to their chosen field of study. Awardees are eligible to receive expense reimbursement for the associated costs of registration and travel costs (if applicable).
  • Travel bursaries will be considered in accordance with the current University policy and travel restrictions determined by Global Affairs Canada. For up-to-date information on current restrictions, please refer to Global Affairs – Travel Advisories and any travel policy communicated by the University of Guelph.
  • *** Before filling in this application, please download the Advisor Acknowledgement form (mandatory for all applications) and the Travel Form (mandatory for all applications involving international travel where any travel warnings are in place). These forms are to be completed, signed and uploaded into the application below.
  • Applications must be complete and will only be accepted through this online application. For your convenience, you can download a Word copy of the questions for reference only. Applications received by email will no longer be accepted.
  • Expenditures included in the budget must be eligible in accordance with the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat CFREF guidelines found here: CFREF Administration Guide, and the Government of Canada Research Support Funds guidelines found here: (Research support guidelines).


  • To be eligible for this bursary, you must be either a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow working directly on a Food from Thought-funded research project, an HQP scholar, or an Arrell Scholar.
  • Priority will be given to students and post-doctoral fellows giving oral or poster presentations (virtual or in-person).
  • Applicants may hold multiple Conference Bursaries per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31), up to a maximum of $5,000 per year, based on the date of the conference.
  • Applicants may be registered full-time or part-time at the University of Guelph.
  • Applications will not be accepted for conferences that take place prior to the deadline (i.e. no retroactive funding).
  • Successful applicants will be required to participate in a post-conference survey which will help guide the evaluation and direction of the program.