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Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

For more information about internship and fellowship opportunities, please visit our Student Programs Page.

Student Opportunities

Several IHSP faculty members offer student assistantships and work opportunities through their research programmes.  For additional information, it is best to contact the professor directly.  Please note that this list of student assistanceships is not exhaustive, and more up-to-date information may be available through individual faculty websites listed on the IHSP faculty page.

Barrington-Leigh Research Group

(1) Expert GNU/Linux user to act as occasional, personal system administrator for a professor using Ubuntu and various open source tools on laptop(s). Initial tasks would include: to set up a new laptop, customize smtp client and MTA; and other hacking as it arises for research and utility applications. Pay appropriate to experience. See http://wellbeing.research.mcgill.ca for the research group. If interested, submit a c.v. and letter to denise [dot] maines [at] mcgill [dot] ca

(2) Currently seeking Economics PhD student(s), Postdocs, outstanding MA students, or those with extensive economics background, interested in working on empirical topics, mostly related to subjective well-being. Funding available for excellent candidates. Also looking for an applied theorist for urban economics problem. See http://wellbeing.research.mcgill.ca for contact information and a list of what to send if you are interested in discussing opportunities. 

Baumgartner Research Group at McGill University

(1) Professor Baumgartner is looking for independent, creative and motivated Masters and PhD students to work on several exciting research projects on environment and global health. She is open to advising students with various backgrounds who have an interest in environmental health, exposure science and/or epidemiology. Some positions will involve hands-on environmental measurements and some international field work.  Please visit the Baumgartner Research Group’s webpage for more information. 

Social Inequalities in Child Health Research Group

(1) Funded studentship to study social inequalities in adolescent mental health. Applications are invited to a paid 2-year Masters of Science (MSc) studentship in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. The successful candidate will support national and international collaborations that explore social and economic determinants of adolescent mental health using data from the WHO Health Behaviours in School-aged Children study (www.hbsc.org).  The student will support these collaborations through developing an independent thesis project on adolescent mental health. He or she will be an exceptional and self-motivated scholar with an undergraduate degree in psychology, sociology or related field. Expertise in developmental psychology and multilevel analysis of large datasets are desired. The student must also meet the eligibility criteria of the MSc programme in Psychiatry.  The award is $18,000 plus a Masters (full-time) tuition waiver per year for two years. Information on tuition and other McGill fees can be found here. For more information, contact frank [dot] elgar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Studentship%20in%20school%20bullying%20and%20mental%20health) (Frank Elgar) (tel: 514 398 1739)

Doctoral Fellowships


Position context

For over a century, evidence has accumulated that demonstrates the dramatic negative impact that poverty, economic and gender inequality have on health and health equity. However, compared with the magnitude of evidence on the problems created, evidence on how changes in social policies could be used to improve population health is limited. MACHEquity is a five-year research program that rigorously examines the population health effects of differing social policy approaches taken around the world to address economic, and gender inequity. We are creating a unique hierarchical data structure by joining data on health and social policies to individual-level health outcomes from standardized global and country-specific surveys. This unique resource will facilitate unprecedented cross-national research concerning the associations between policies and global health, focusing on substantive areas which have been set as priorities by all 193 UN member states through the Millennium Development Goals: infant and child mortality, maternal mortality, and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. The Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team from the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, the Indian Institute for Management Bangalore, the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, and the University of California Los Angeles, is recruiting a second cohort of doctoral fellows to work on this program.

MACHEquity is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Funding is available for fellowship support, conference attendance and training, and fellows will have the opportunity to work with an accomplished international team of researchers and trainees in other sites, as well as to travel and spend time in other sites for particular aspects of training or analysis. The fellowship is for two years, with renewal after the first year depending on performance. We are looking to recruit candidates with advanced coursework in disciplines compatible with the project, such as epidemiology, statistics, economics, political science, or public health, who have an interest in social policy, global health, and health equity, and who want to develop a career in global public health. For further information abou the project and our current fellows, please see our website: http://machequity.com/

Key Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to project conceptualization and building of a data centre on social policies and health outcomes globally;
  • Receive tailored training in advanced epidemiologic and econometric methods for the statistical analysis of policy effects;
  • Undertake quantitative analysis and statistical modeling in order to analyze and present key data findings aimed at understanding policy successes and limitations in improving health equity;
  • Be part of and collaborate with an international cohort of MACHEquity doctoral fellows receiving common training;
  • Participate in a joint mentorship system with researchers in the program’s other sites, and join all other researchers and fellows in MACHEquity annual meetings;
  • Participate in dissemination and translation of findings to the program’s knowledge partners, including policymakers, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and implementers on the ground; and
  • Prepare research manuscripts for submission and publication–fellows are expected to prepare two separate peer-reviewed publications based on work undertaken during the fellowship.


Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, economics, political science, medical sociology or related discipline. A strong background in quantitative analysis of social science data is required, as is experience using Stata, SAS, or other software for manipulating and analyzing large household surveys. Training and demonstrated experience in multilevel modeling is desirable. English language proficiency required. French and/or other language proficiency an asset.


Send a cover letter, CV, all academic transcripts, 2 writing samples, and 3 letters of recommendation to: “Doctoral Fellowship Search Committee” at applicants [dot] ihsp [at] mcgill [dot] ca . Please specify “Social Policy and Health Equity Doctoral Fellow” in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date of the position is January 1, 2015

Other Opportunities

There are currently no other positions available at the IHSP.  Please check back often.