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McBurney Latin America Program

IHSP Latin America

Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Cohort

Program Purpose

The McBurney Fellowship Program provides support to students who plan to travel to Latin America in order to participate in a program or project that improves the health status and/or social conditions of marginalized populations in Latin America.

Student responsibilities

  • Attend pre-departure training at the IHSP
  • Attend McGill’s Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Make all travel arrangements (flights, accommodation, health and accident insurance, visas, passport, vaccinations)
  • Complete fellowship as described in proposal, typically over a 2-3 month period
  • Communicate regularly with the IHSP and/or your mentor while in the field
  • Complete an 8-10 page report for the IHSP highlighting the impact of the project, and any policy recommendations (where applicable)
    • This report must include at least 3 high-quality photos, and should be submitted within 30 days of completing the fellowship
    • For examples, see the IHSP website
  • With the support of the IHSP, present findings or recommendations to the McGill Community


McBurney Fellowships are first and foremost service-based projects. Funding received from the McBurney program should be used for travel and a small stipend while students undertake work with an organization in Latin America. They are not intended to support students’ dissertations. Students must be registered toward a degree program as a full time graduate or undergraduate student at McGill at the time of their fellowship.  Fellowships can take place between March 2015 and May 2016. McBurney Fellows are mentored by McGill Faculty members.  Both McGill faculty and students are welcome to apply. Faculty can apply without having selected a student, but must describe the student selection process in their proposal. Students must identify a mentor in their proposals. 

Strong proposals will demonstrate a project’s sustained engagement with local populations, highlight both the intended short and long-term impact of the fellowship and/or how it fits into an existing research or service program, and clearly identify the role of the student.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding.

Fellowship Payment

Faculty members will receive $500 to help with mentoring costs, and students are typically awarded $3500. The first part of the award ($1750) is processed after orientation and only once the IHSP receives confirmation of travel. Funds may not be available until May 2015.  The second payment of $1750 for students, and $500 for mentors is processed once the IHSP has accepted the final fellowship report. 

To Apply

Email denise [dot] maines [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Denise Maines), Student Affairs Administrator, the following information:

  • A proposal based on this downloadable template
    • Proposals should be between 3 and 10 pages in length
  • A letter of support from your partner organization in Latin America.
  • Proof of enrollment from the student(s), where applicable

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015.  Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to the availability of funds.

Evaluation Process

Each application will be reviewed by two members of the IHSP and will be evaluated for clarity, consistency with the McBurney Program mandate, feasibility, relevant experience, and sustainability.  Decisions for applications received by January 15 will be communicated by mid-February. 

Please contact denise [dot] maines [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Denise Maines) with any questions about the McBurney Program at 514-398-5631. Information on the McBurney Professional Training Program can be found under Research