Graduate opportunities

Professor Clapp supervises graduate students taking a social science approach to issues on the global dimensions of environmental and food politics. Successful applicants are typically in strong academic standing (80+ averages) with backgrounds in social science that focus on one or more of the following fields: environmental studies, political science, economics, development studies, and international studies. Students interested in working with Professor Clapp may apply to do so through Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, and Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Professor Collins is looking to work with self-motivated graduate students using social science approaches to examine the gender politics of food, agriculture, and the environment, locally or globally. Successful applicants will have a strong academic standing (80%+ averages), with backgrounds in environmental studies, political science, gender studies, international studies, or development studies. Prospective students may consider applying to either Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, or Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

To see the topics that Global Food Politics Group members are researching please see our current graduate student research projects.


Prospective students are encouraged to apply for external funding. Opportunities may be available through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS), Trudeau Foundation Scholarships, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, and Balsillie School Fellowship, and others.

In addition to any external funding received, graduate students accepted into MES or PhD Program in Social and Ecological Sustainability typically receive annual base funding in the form of teaching assistantships and scholarships provided by the department or faculty. The amounts and terms of these sources of support vary. Details on graduate studies and funding opportunities are available on the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability page, on the Faculty of Environment website and the UWaterloo graduate studies page. Graduate students accepted into the MA or PhD Program in Global Governance typically are eligible for Balsillie School Fellowships which provide base funding for a set amount of time. For further details, please see the Balsillie School scholarships and awards page.