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Fall 2018 Travel Awards Application Form

Applications for the Fall 2018 Travel Awards Program are now closed. Award winners will be notified by the end of October 2018 and announced at Global Health Night.

This common application form allows you to apply for the following awards:

    Alex W. Strasberg MD CM 1921 and Harvey M. Weinstein MD CM 1967 Global Health Award
    Ashworth Student Travel Award
    Elaine E.L. Wang M.D.,C.M. Travel Award
    Luger-Mikelberg Travel Award for Global Health
    Mary A. Metcalf International Travel Fund
    Medical Class of '84 Student Bursary
    Norman Bethune Awards for Global Health
    OMAF Scholarship

Please review detailed information about each award here.

General Instructions and Eligibility Requirements

  1. Only McGill students, postdocs, and residents are eligible for these GHP travel awards.
  2. No program cost/fees will be covered. Travel support for conferences will not be supported.
  3. Travel cannot be completed before the application deadline for the awards (except for the Chan Prize in the fall).
  4. Student travel to a country with a DFATD-3 or higher warning is not encouraged and will not be funded by any of these awards. To view the latest travel advisories click here.
  5. Travel Awards are non-transferrable to another student or trainee.
  6. Travel Award recipients have twelve months to complete their travel as described in their applications starting from the day they receive their award letter.
  7. If a student or trainee is unable to travel to the destination for which the application was submitted they must contact the Global Health Programs as soon as they know. On a case by case basis the situation will have to be evaluated to determine if the award can be deferred (up to 6 additional months considered), used for an elective in another location, or must be declined.
  8. A student or trainee is eligible for only one award from GHP for the same trip.
  9. Students must be registered with McGill as either a full or part-time student, postdoc or resident for the entire duration of their trip.

Applicants will automatically be considered for all awards for which they are eligible.

Please note that in the award descriptions "developing country", or "low or middle income country" refers to countries listed as per the World Bank listings (up to and including upper-middle-income economies). For awards including"underserved" or "under-resourced" areas or populations, applicants must make the case that their placement fills the requirement in their essay.

Conditions of the award requirements include the following:

  • Candidates must complete the mandatory Pre-departure orientation by the time travel starts.
    • Faculty of Medicine clinical students (MDCM, Nursing, PT/OT): You must complete the online Faculty of Medicine Pre-departure Training Modules if you are traveling outside of Canada (including the USA for MDCM students) for an family medicine clinical rotation (core rural), elective, placement, observership, or research project.
    • Graduate students: You are encouraged to complete module 1 of the online Faculty of Medicine Pre-departure Training Modules.
  • A poster presentation of research or activities for which the travel award was given must be presented on Global Health Night (November 2019)
  • A report about your project must be submitted within 6 weeks of your return.

Application: (All documents should be combined into one PDF file)

  • Essay (2-3 pages max)
    • Briefly describe your placement/practicum/elective/research project (e.g. site, timeframe, planned activities, clinical conditions that you will see). If you are traveling as part of an organization (i.e. IFMSA or Child Family Health International) you should mention that.
    • Why are you interested in taking part in this project, and what do you hope to gain from the experience? How does this project link to your future work?
    • McGill students who have recently returned from placements abroad have indicated they wished they had a better understanding of the culture/religion/politics/ethics in the destination country and how to deal with differences (e.g. homophobia, racism, practices around death). What obstacles or challenges do you foresee in the location you will be traveling? Give three examples of specific challenges you think you will face at the location you are traveling to and how you are preparing for those challenges before you leave.
    • Talk about the ethical impacts that the presence of a student studying in North America and completing an international placement in a low resource setting could have on the local community or site.
  • CV
  • Budget

Please complete the following. If the item does not apply to your situation please write n/a.


Anticipated cost in CAD





Supplemental Insurance




Local Transportation






Fee charged by host institution


Other: _________________


Other: _________________






The applicant has a good understanding of the educational merit of the placement/practicum/elective or research project.  The placement or research project itself appears to offer suitable learning opportunities.


The applicant has a good degree of self-reflection in relation to their interest in the placement/research project and what they hope and expect to learn through the experience. 


The applicant provides a thorough understanding on the ethical implications related to their placement/research project in a low-resource setting. 

4. STYLE OF PRESENTATION                               

The applicant submitted a well-written essay and organized application. Each application component (essay, budget, and CV) align with each other. 

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