Dr. Donald A. Henderson Prize for Outstanding Global Health Research

The 2023 Call for Papers for the Donald A. Henderson Prize is now closed. The deadline for nominations was Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Many thanks to everyone who nominated a paper!

Established in 2016 to recognize outstanding, published research in the global health field by junior faculty appointed in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University.

Dr. Donald A. Henderson was instrumental in the eradication of smallpox worldwide. Read about his legacy.

One $500 award (with certificate) will be given at the 15th annual Global Health Night / Friesen Lecture on Thursday, November 9th.

The papers submitted or nominated for the competition will be evaluated based on the following three criteria:

  1. The importance of the topic;
  2. The quality of the research study;
  3. The significance or potential impact of the published research.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Peer reviewed, original research publications which were published between January 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023 are eligible.
  • Accepted publications are not eligible, but if a paper is published early online (i.e. ahead of print) and can be downloaded, then it is eligible.
  • Review articles, opinion pieces, commentaries, and editorials are excluded.
  • Each nomination should be based on only one publication.
  • Applicants from varying specialties within global health, including but not limited to medicine, nursing, health sciences, humanities, ethics, anthropology, epidemiology, public health, and health policy are encouraged to apply.
  • The published work must identify the author as a McGill faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The faculty member must be at the lecturer or assistant professor level and must be the first author.
  • This award is open to early career investigators: less than 6 years from first faculty appointment, with exceptions considered for legitimate leaves of absence.


  • Please apply using the online nomination form. You will need to sign in with your McGill email and password. Publications for consideration can be submitted by the publication’s author, a peer, or the department chair.  
  • Submit a brief paragraph about how the paper meets the three criteria. (500 words max)
  • Attach a pdf of the published paper that is being nominated.
  • Both the paragraph and the paper must be combined into one PDF file


Nominations must be received by Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 11:59 PM

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