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Robert P. Knowles Scholarship

ValueMaster's - $25,000/year plus tuition (2.5 yrs.)
PhD - $30,000/year plus tuition (4 yrs.)
$5,000 travel allowance, which may be used over the life of the award.
These totals are subject to change at the discretion of the Awards committee.
Number offeredVaries

As outlined in the CGPS policy on Centrally Administered Funding, a student may not hold two major internal institutional scholarships at the same time, or a major institutional scholarship and a major external scholarship.  A major scholarship is defined as equal to or more than $17,500 per year. Top-up awards and honorary scholarships at a reduced value may be combined with major scholarships. It is your responsibility to inform the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies of any such funding that you are receiving.

Open to students entering or continuing full-time graduate studies in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program engaged in research to develop or apply methods to create, identify or select superior forage, cereal, oilseed, or pulse crops for commercial agriculture.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens and have resided in Canada for a minimum of five years.
Applicants must also have graduated with an undergraduate degree from a Canadian university and obtained a high academic standing (80% minimum cumulative GPA). In addition, students who have completed all their undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan have the option (and only these students) of pursuing postgraduate work at any approved university in Canada or the United States.

Preference will be given to students whose research proposal includes outdoor field research activity.

Please note that Master’s students shall not receive funding beyond the 36th month of the start of their program of studies; direct-entry PhD students and transfer PhD students shall not receive funding beyond the 60th month of the start of their program of studies (the start of the program of studies for transfer PhD students shall be when they are first registered in their 994 course).

DonorDr. Robert P. Knowles, a world renowned forage crop breeder, had a 50-year distinguished career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As a result of his generous legacy, the University of Saskatchewan is able to award this scholarship (PhD or M.Sc.) through the Robert P. Knowles Scholarship Fund.

Complete the online application at

  • A cover letter detailing the progress or prospective progress of your graduate program
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Outline (no more than 500 words) of the proposed research program and starting date
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended other than the University of Saskatchewan.

Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's academic work can be sent in confidence to Please ensure the referee includes the name of the scholarship and the student's name in the first paragraph of the letter.

Questions can be directed to, subject line: Robert Knowles scholarship application question.

DeadlineThe call for applications for this award is distributed annually in the Winter term.

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