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OFAH Student Research Grants

The OFAH and partners award three different grants worth $4000 each to university students researching fish and wildlife topics that are helping to improve resource management.  The OFAH uses a science-based approach to our advocacy in fish and wildlife management.

Who can apply?

Any graduate or post-graduate university student currently researching a fish and wildlife topic, and whose findings would benefit Ontario’s fish and/or wildlife management.


What is being offered?

There are three  separate research grants of $4,000 each to be awarded:

  1. The OFAH/ Dave Ankney/ Sandi Johnson Award for Avian Ecology – $4,000
  2. The OFAH Zone G/ Oakville & District Rod & Gun Club Wildlife Research Grant – $4,000
  3. The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show/OFAH Zone H Fisheries Research Grant – $4,000


When is the application deadline?

closed January 31, 2020


When and where will the grants be awarded?

Successful applicants will be notified through email

Submissions will be evaluated for scientific merit, relevance to OFAH Fish and Wildlife management, budget and overall quality of application


Why does the OFAH and its partners offer research grants?

The OFAH is committed to supporting students and their research, which provides the science needed to inform and support sound fish and wildlife conservation management in Ontario. Preference will be given to projects utilizing the funds for equipment and field support.

How do I apply?

In October we will provide an online application on this page for the next round of research grants.

Winners of the 2019 OFAH Student Research Grants

The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Award for Avian Ecology – $4,000

Jackson Kusack

Geographic origin of waterfowl harvested in the Great Lakes region: integrating stable isotopes and banding data to improve conservation and management.


The OFAH Zone G/ Oakville & District Rod & Gun Club Wildlife Research Grant – $4,000

Samantha Allen

A retrospective summary of cervid morbidity and mortality in Ontario and Nunavut regions of Canada (1991-2017).


The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show/OFAH Zone H Fisheries Research Grant – $4,000    

Justine McAndrews

Effects of in-hatchery environmental enrichment on the post-release performance of juvenile Atlantic Salmon in a Lake Ontario tributary using acoustic telemetry and PIT technology.


Examples of research awarded in the past (view student research grant videos from OFAH conferences)



In addition to the grants above, we also offer the following opportunities.

The OFAH/Mike Reader/Toronto Sportsmen’s Show/Fleming College Scholarship



The OFAH/Fitzsimons Financial Fish & Wildlife Conservation Internship is an exciting early-career opportunity to work with the OFAH’s fish and wildlife professionals on a range of policy and conservation program projects.  Previous OFAH interns have gone on to undertake graduate degrees and/or work with provincial agencies and the OFAH.