McBurney Latin America Fellowship

The McBurney Fellowship is temporarily paused.

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  • Request to be contacted when the McBurney Fellowship application opens.
  • Request information about comparable programs and opportunities you may be interested in.
  • Any other questions or information requests related to student programs.

Quick Facts

What is the focus of the fellowship?

The McBurney Fellowship's mandate is to make a significant contribution to improving the health and social conditions of poor and marginalized populations in Latin America through the delivery of concrete and measurable interventions or service-based projects.

Who is it for?

  • Advanced undergraduate (60+ credits completed) or graduate students at McGill who are motivated to develop a self-directed internship project or service oriented research.

What do students do?

  • Develop an internship or service project in collaboration with a McGill faculty member AND/OR apply to work with one of our approved partners (see Partners and Faculty Mentors)
  • Attend orientation and pre-departure sessions at McGill (Training sessions in April and May on community engagement and cultural awareness)
  • Travel to Latin America, typically for 2-3 months to complete their project
  • Report back to the IHSP

Where and when does it take place?

  • Orientation and training take place at McGill. Fellowships can take place anywhere in Latin America (including Mexico and the Caribbean) at any point in the year.

How much is the award?

  • Typically $3500-$4500 depending on the length of the fellowship.

How many awards are available?

  • Approximately 15 fellowships are available each year


The McBurney Fellowship Award 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.

Through the generous support of the McBurney Fellowship, 64 McGill students have traveled to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Colombia to work with marginalized populations in Latin America over the past five years.

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