Departmental Awards

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health GREAT Award program is designed to provide funds to support travel to conferences. Students participating in other research training enhancement opportunities, such as travel for fieldwork, archival inquiry, and extra-mural collaborative research within Canada* can also apply. Students may receive only one GREAT Award per year.

*For activities outside Canada, please see the Graduate Mobility Award web page.


Thesis Master's or Doctoral students are eligible for a GREAT award if they are:

  • In good standing,
  • Registered full time in a research degree program (i.e., thesis program),
  • Have completed a Travel Registry if activity is outside the Greater Montreal Area (includes the communities within Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, The North Shore and South Shore), and
  • NOT in time limitation.

Students in "Thesis Evaluation" status are NOT eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to students who are presenting their own scientific results and who have not previously received a travel award from the University.

GREAT Awards are NOT for practicum or internship funding.


Awards valued at half the proposed expenses, up to a maximum of $1000, are available to pay for travel, subsistence, conference fees, etc. at the recipient’s discretion. Expenditure must be justified with receipts.


The recipient’s supervisor is expected to provide a monetary contribution to support the student’s travel needs. The minimum supervisor contribution is expected to equal that of the Departmental award. Confirmation of this contribution as well as a short statement regarding the academic value of the activity is to be uploaded as a PDF file with the application.


  • Completed on-line application form,
  • Supervisor statement regarding the academic value of activity, and their financial contribution,
  • Confirmation of conference registration. May be submitted at a later date if not available at the time of application.


The number of awards attributed will be dependent on the amount of funding available. Recipients of the GREAT awards will be determined by the EBOH Student Awards Committee.


E-mails announcing competition results will be sent to all applicants approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.


The award will be deposited in the recipient’s bank account after completion of the McGill Travel Registry. Recipients of the award must provide the Department with a copy of their expense report.


  • August 15th for conference/research activity held September 1st to December 31st inclusive
  • November 15th for conference/research activity held January 1st to April 30th inclusive
  • March 15th for conference/research activity held May 1st to August 31st inclusive


Dr. Premysl and Mrs. Hana Pelnar Academic Enrichment Award

The Department offers an annual award to a meritorious student in occupational health and safety. The award is designated as the Dr. Premysl and Mrs. Hana Pelnar Academic Enrichment Award.

Established through a generous anonymous donation honouring Dr. Premysl Pelnar, a renowned occupational health physician, and his wife, Hana. Eligibility: Awarded to graduate students registered in the Occupational Health Program to further their training and professional activities in the field of occupational health. Awarded by the Chair of the Department upon consultation with the Faculty. Value: Three awards of $1,000 each available annually.

Dr. Robert S. Remis Fellowship in Epidemiology

Established in 2019 through the generous bequest of Dr. Robert S. Remis, infectious disease epidemiologist, BSc 1967, MDCM 1972, in support of one outstanding graduate student pursuing research in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.

Awarded annually on the basis of academic merit by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. Preference will be given to students in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. The fellowship may be held for up to three years or the duration of the student's study program, whichever is shorter.

$20,000 per year for a maximum of three years for PhD students or a maximum of two years for MSc students.


MSc and PhD in Epidemiology or Biostatistics students are invited to apply for this Graduate Fellowship.

Application deadline: Monday, May 27, 2024.

Please complete the application form and upload the documents below as a single PDF file (in the order listed). The file is to be named as follows: eboh_remis_lastname_firstname.pdf.

  1. Summary of the proposed research (max 2 pages).
  2. CV (CIHR or FRQS CCV acceptable).
  3. Two letters of reference (max 2 pages each) including one from the thesis supervisor if already identified.

By applying for the fellowship, you give permission to the review committee to access your university transcripts on file.

For additional information on awards, visit Graduate Fellowships and Awards.


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