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The University Of Guelph Commonwealth Scholarships For Developing Countries, Canada for 2023/2024

The University of Guelph Commonwealth Scholarships were created in memory of Dr. C. John Small, OAC BSA ’42, Hon D. Law ’75, and his lifetime commitment to international service. Apply to the Centre for International Programs by May 1 for a visit during the next Fall or Winter semesters with the supporting documentation listed below.

About the University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is a large public research institution in Guelph, Ontario, Canada (abbreviated as U of G). It was founded in 1964 following the union of the Ontario Agricultural College (1874), the MacDonald Institute (1903), and the Ontario Veterinary College (1922). Since then, it has expanded to an organization with almost 30,000 students (including those at the Humber campus, Ridgetown campus, off-campus degree enrolments, diploma enrolments, and part-time students) and 830 full-time faculty (academic staff) as of fall 2019 (including those at the Humber campus and Ridgetown campus). There are 94 undergraduate degrees, 48 graduate programs, and 6 associate degrees available in a wide range of subject areas.

The University of Guelph’s veterinary medical program was named No. 5 globally and No. 1 in Canada in 2021. In Maclean’s “University Rankings 2021” under the Comprehensive category, the University of Guelph is placed No. 4 in Canada, No. 1 in research spending, and No. 1 in student satisfaction. The institution awards several undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in addition to conducting a sizable amount of research.


However, the Globe and Mail rates it highest among Canada’s medium-sized institutions for student happiness. In Canada, the Ontario Agricultural College is ranked first for agricultural science, and it helps the University of Guelph place 18th globally for food science and technology. These rankings have been held by it, and its reputation, creative, research-intensive programs, and active campus life have all been noted as notable assets.

Canada’s top research index is held by the university’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program, according to the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. Additionally, Times Higher Education’s ranking of the best 100 institutions of higher learning that are under 50 years old placed the University of Guelph at number 50. The institution is ranked 76–100 globally by ARWU and has a strong emphasis on biological sciences.

The Ontario government acquired 200 hectares (500 acres) of property from Frederick William Stone, and on May 1, 1874, it launched the Ontario School of Agriculture, later known as the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), which was the forerunner of today’s University of Guelph. The University of Guelph Arboretum, which covers 165 hectares (408 acres), and a 12-hectare (30-acre) research park are all included in the 412-hectare (1,017-acre) main university campus.

The President’s House and Raithby House, which were built using local limestone, are two of the earliest examples of the campus’ architecture. They were built before the Ontario Agricultural College even existed. The campus is also home to several noteworthy mid-century modernist structures, the majority of which are in the Brutalist design and were built in the 1960s as part of the school’s development plan. Complexes designed by architect Josep Lluis Sert, such as the McLaughlin Library and the MacKinnon arts complex, are important gathering spots. The campus has numerous trees that border the major walkways, many of which are covered in red clay brick paving. An arboretum is located on the grounds.

Eligibility for the University Of Guelph Commonwealth Scholarships

Full-time, registered exchange students from a Commonwealth developing nation who are pursuing academic studies or carrying out research in the fields of agricultural and rural development.

Interview Date, Process, and Venue for the University Of Guelph Commonwealth Scholarships

Selection will be based on the evaluation of: 

  • A one-page essay outlining the value of the program of study at the partner exchange university for the student visiting Guelph;
  • Consistently good achievement in completed course work, as demonstrated by a transcript of program grades to date, and two faculty references of no more than one page each.

Procedure for Application

For the University of Guelph Commonwealth Scholarships, no separate application is necessary. Auto-selection of the scholar. The home university must send a transcript of program grades to date, which will be used as evidence of the applicant’s top achievement in the curriculum they have already completed.

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Application Deadline: Not Specified

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