Global and Local Community Awards

The following awards  are opportunities for McGill students and residents working with underserved populations within Montreal or elsewhere.

Alex W. Strasberg MD CM 1921 and Harvey M. Weinstein MD CM 1967 Global Health Award

Established in 2016 by Rhona Weinstein (née Strasberg) BA 1967, MA 1969, and Harvey M. Weinstein BSc 1963, MD CM 1967, in honour of Rhona’s late father, Alex W. Strasberg, MD CM 1921 and Harvey M. Weinstein, MD CM 1967, both pioneers and advocates in clinical work and research related to vulnerable populations.

An immigrant to Canada, Dr. Strasberg was among the earliest Jewish students to graduate from McGill Medicine. He became a urologist on staff at the Jewish General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital, conducted research, and taught in the Department of Urology at McGill. He devoted his practice to treating the poor and was for many years the physician of choice for many in the Montreal Chinese immigrant community.

Dr. Weinstein trained as a psychiatrist at Yale University and worked in university student health at Stanford University as well as in hospital and private practice settings. In later years he earned a public health degree from UC Berkeley and devoted his time to research and policy in refugee and immigrant health. Author of two books and numerous articles, he also became involved in human rights scholarship and advocacy about how countries respond to ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs to provide support for undergraduate medical students or post-graduate residents in the Faculty who are engaged in global health research and/or clinical training related to immigrant, refugee, and aboriginal/indigenous populations, in Canada and abroad. Support may include funds for travel, housing, research, and/or clinical experiences. Preference will be given to projects of merit and projects with cross-disciplinary perspectives as well as faculty support. Value: Varies.

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Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine

This award is for a project that has ALREADY been completed. Established in October 2006 by Dr. Alice Chan‐Yip, M.D., C.M. 1962,in memory of her late parents, the prize is awarded annually by the Faculty of Medicine Scholarship Committee to a medical student who participates in a Canadian multicultural or international elective, research project or community service experience of at least four weeks. The prize (up to $1000) will be awarded to the student who presents the best project demonstrating an understanding of the contribution of social and cultural factors to health.

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Opportunities external to the GHP office

NCD Program Summer Visitorship Fund

This grant is for residents, faculty, and/or allied healthcare professionals from a low-income country, who wish to further their professional development while conducting a scholarly project, whether research-based, clinical-based, or a mix of both components in the area of non-communicable diseases. This grant is designed to cover expenses for a 1- to 2-month visit to McGill University and its affiliated health center. Grantees need to be sponsored by a McGill faculty. The application can be done by an individual OR by a team regrouping at least one resident, faculty, and allied healthcare professional. The applicant(s) need(s) to submit a scientific project which can be - at least partially - accomplished in the given time frame. Applicants should be proficient in either French, English or both. The application can be submitted in either language.

The funding provided for this competitive grant is of CAD$5,000 for faculty and CAD$3,000 for resident or allied healthcare professional. Applicant(s) will be matched with a McGill partner from the same or similar discipline. The recipient(s) will give credit to the NCD Program on any publication arising from the work done during the visitorship. The applicant(s) will be expected to submit a report of the visitorship research to the NCD Program within one year of visitorship completion.

Applications for the 2019 NCD Program Summer Visitorships are now closed.
Funding Start Date: Between July 01 and Sept 01, 2019

How to apply for the NCD summer visitorship?

Please send all the documents listed below to the McGill Global NCD program coordinator at bidjinie-steffy.coriolan [at] (subject: NCD%20Summer%20Visitorship%20)

  1.  Applicant’s CV;
  2. Description of significance of previous research contributions, career aspirations and rationale for decision to pursue a research and/or clinical experience at the McGill University Health Centre (1 page, single-spaced)
  3. Official letter of support from applicant’s own institution (supervisor/colleague, maximum 1 page, single-spaced)
  4.  Official letter of support from the McGill faculty sponsor (maximum 1 page, single-spaced)
  5. Research Proposal (maximum 3 pages, single-spaced)

The McBurney Fellowship Program

The McBurney Fellowship Program 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. Students must be registered toward a degree program as a full time graduate or undergraduate student at McGill at the time of their fellowship. For more information and to apply please visit the fellowship website.

Faculty of Medicine Graduate Program for International Travel

This funding opportunity is open to all Faculty of Medicine graduate students building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions or workshops outside of Canada. Travel must not be for conferences. Learn more about the program here.

Elaine E.L. Wang M.D.,C.M. Humanitarian Prize

Established in 2015 by Elaine E.L. Wang, M.D.,C.M.'77, for a graduating student of the M.D.,C.M. program in the Faculty of Medicine who has demonstrated excellence in humanitarian care and a caring attitude in his or her work. This may include, for example, work with a global health organization, or work with disadvantaged, homeless or stigmatized populations and patients locally in Montreal, within Canada, or abroad. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine on the basis of academic standing and demonstrated commitment to the betterment of society and the health care system. Apply here (please scroll down to the bottom).

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT Awards)

Established encourage graduate students to study and conduct research outside of Canada as part of their McGill degree program. Students will be awarded a Graduate Mobility Award based on nomination by the academic unit/department and Faculty of Medicine nomination. Learn more here.

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McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which peoples of the world now gather. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.