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Merit-based awards and bursaries

  1. Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) Award
    The MFRE program offers several scholarship opportunities to students through the Master of Food and Resource Economics Award. Funded through proceeds from student tuition, the criteria for this award include academic merit, student financial need and the recipient’s potential contribution to the MFRE program. Potential contribution ranges from bringing diversity to the program to bringing relevant professional experience to the program.

    Examples of MFRE Award opportunities:
    • The MFRE program offers scholarships of at least $1000 to outstanding students (domestic and international) who are considering enrolling in the program. Top students who can serve as models and provide leadership to their cohort attract these awards.
    • Outstanding international students who bring diversity from their country or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the MFRE program.
    • Outstanding domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) with first-hand experience in the food and/or agricultural sectors in Canada, and who will contribute that experience to the MFRE program will be considered for an MFRE Award in the amount of $7000.
    • In exceptional circumstances, awards are available to applicants who the MFRE program administrators feel would make a valuable contribution, but who would otherwise be prevented from accepting an offer to the MFRE program due to financial hardship.
    The MFRE Award is paid out in three equal installments (September, January and May). The second and third installments are contingent upon the student maintaining satisfactory academic standing.

  2. For a Student from China
    Canadian Agri-Food Trading Inc. together with the MFRE program offer an annual $1000 scholarship to an outstanding incoming international student from China. This award will appear on the student’s academic history (transcript) as “Canadian Agri-Food Trading Intl. Graduate Scholarship in Land and Food Systems.”

  3. Bernard Lapointe Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Food and Resource Economics Since 2008, Bernard Lapointe (an MSc AGEC alum) has funded an annual bursary to help students in need. In 2014, this bursary was changed to the annual Bernard Lapointe Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Food and Resource Economics. The award is valued at $1200.

LFS awards and scholarships

MFRE students are eligible for a small number of endowed awards with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. These include the A.F. Barss Memorial Scholarship and the John Schildroth Memorial Scholarship.

Application-based scholarships

  1. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC For students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Canada Graduate Scholarships — Master’s Program (deadline: December 1 in the year prior to enrolling in MFRE) For Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  3. Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship For students from the province of Alberta.

Teaching Assistantships

Each year there are a few opportunities for MFRE students to TA undergraduate food and resource economics (FRE) courses. These are only available to exceptional students because of the time commitments required by the MFRE program. Please indicate on your application to MFRE if you are interested in a TA position, explaining why you are suitable for a given position and how you would handle the additional workload. TA positions typically range from 30–192 hours/assignment/term and pay between $18-$30 CAD per hour.

Country-Specific Scholarships

The MFRE program has had students enroll from the following countries with partial/full scholarship support from their home countries:
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