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Student Program

Language and Health: Facilitating Access to Health Care for Linguistic Minorities

The Program supports innovative research projects whose focus is to investigate the relationship between language and access to health or social services.

Recipients meet to discuss their research and strategies for translating research to policy. Meetings are typically held in Montreal once per term, and a travel stipend may be offered to candidates who must travel to attend meetings.

Students who receive funding will be required to write an 8-10 page report for the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) outlining key findings and plans for sharing research with relevant stakeholders.

Research themes include but are not limited to the following:

• Economics of language in health care
• Cultural and linguistic competency
• Health or social inequalities
• Health geography and spatial statistics
• Retention of health professionals in remote or rural communities
• Second-language instruction for healthcare/social service professionals


What is the focus of the Program?

  • To encourage new and innovative research around accessing healthcare or social services for English-speaking minorities in Quebec through mentorship, training, and funding
  • To equip students interested in access to healthcare for linguistic minorities with skills and tools to connect with other researchers and the broader community through training on health systems, the policy process, and knowledge translation.

Who is it for?

  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate students from any Quebec university whose current or future research topics focus on the intersection of language and healthcare or social service provision (honors thesis, graduate projects, dissertations)
  • Candidates who wish to focus on the financial impact language barriers can have on health or social services are especially welcome

What do students do?

  • Attend training at the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP), usually a full day meeting once per term;
  • Develop their research proposals on themes related to health, social services, and language;
  • Present research with a focus on policy to the IHSP community.

Where and when does it take place?

  • Meetings take place at the IHSP (Charles Meredith House)
  • The Program runs for the full academic year (Sept-April)
  • Awardees living outside of Montreal may be asked to travel once per term for meetings

How much is the award?

  • $4000

How many awards are available?

  • The award envelope of $20,000 will be divided between up to 5 candidates
  • Note that due to the highly specialized topic of this program, it may be less competitive than other IHSP programs in any given year

Program Overview

The Language and Health: Facilitating Access to Health Care for Linguistic Minorities Student Program provides a unique opportunity to bring together the expertise of the HCALM-Network research community on access to health care and the IHSP’s focus on policy with the goal of supporting young researchers who hope to make a difference in their communities.

The research component of Dialogue McGill brings together a network of researchers investigating health care access for linguistic minorities (HCALM Network). This research is part of a growing movement worldwide to understand patient-practitioner communication and its impact on health care delivery

More information on the Students Program at the following address:


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