McGill Global Health Scholars (Graduate students)

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied. Winners will be notified at the end of March.

The McGill Global Health Scholars program for graduate students is designed to support McGill graduate students (Masters and PhD) engaged in global health research projects. Funding will support Grad students conducting research internationally in  a low or middle income country (LMIC) or in Northern Canada. The research submitted for funding consideration must be related to the student’s thesis or graduation requirements and must be conducted under the supervision of a McGill faculty member. During the academic year the graduate Global Health Scholars will benefit from a series of global health workshops and trainings organized by GHP. Global Health Scholars will also have access to educational, professional and networking opportunities such as the McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health and Global Health Night social events.

The application opens in January and students are selected by March of every year.

General information:

What kinds of projects are eligible? What kinds of students are selected?

  • We welcome applications from the wide variety of disciplines that represent the diversity of the global health field. This includes, but is not limited to, medicine, nursing, health sciences, nutrition, rehabilitation, law, social sciences, engineering, epidemiology, population and public health, and health policy.
  • Projects can be field or lab work conducted in an international setting (LMIC country) or in Northern Canada (Indigenous Health). The work must relate to thesis or graduation requirements.
  • Student travel to a country with a DFATD-3 or higher (avoid all non-essential travel or avoid all travel) warning is not encouraged and will not be funded by any of these awards. To view the latest travel advisories click here.
  • Students should have the support and approval of their McGill supervisor to conduct this research and should have a local partner and agreed upon plan before beginning. If the project is at the stage of implementation and conduct, the project needs prior IRB approval from host institution and McGill.
  • Previous winners of the Global Health Grads program in 2018 are NOT eligible to apply again.

What funding is provided?

  • Students will receive up to $3,000. Eligible projects involve international travel or travel to Northern Canada. This funding can cover travel costs, dissemination costs, and a small stipend.
  • Actual research costs (e.g. equipment, tests) are expected to be borne by the supervisor or department.
  • Students must be onsite at least 6 weeks to be eligible. Travel can be at any point during the year and can be determined by the student and supervisor.

How do I apply?

  • Students apply through Global Health Programs for selection into the program. You can find the application form here.
  • Only currently enrolled McGill graduate (Masters and PhD level) students are eligible. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible. McGill students graduating in May/June 2019 will NOT be eligible to apply.
  • Please note that the application for undergrads requires that they attend an information session. This is NOT a requirement for graduate applicants
  • Deadline: February 17, 2019, 11:59PM

What else should I know?

  • McGill students are part of the Global Health Scholars graduate program for the academic semester or year following their summer project and must attend special workshops facilitated by the Global Health Programs office (course schedule will be taken into account).
  • Students must communicate with the faculty advisor and the GHP office on a regular basis before project starts, during the project, and at the close of the project.
  • Students must participate in pre-departure training, which will vary based on your project and department. Exact requirements will be communicated for each student by the GHP office.
  • Students are required to submit a brief report upon return about their research project to GHP. You will be given a template for this report.
  • Students are required to attend McGill's Global Health Night and present a poster.

 How will my application be evaluated?

All applications will be scored by at least two reviewers using the following criteria.

1. Understanding of global health

The applicant provides an insightful reflection on how the proposed research project directly relates to their field of study within global health.

2. Quality of research project

The quality and potential of the research project, how it relates to the applicant's thesis or graduate requirements, and overall clarity with which proposal is written to a multi-disciplinary committee (non-specialist audience).                                                                                                                                     

3. Research excellence

The applicant demonstrates the capacity for research excellence based on their academic track record as defined by the quality of research contributions, leadership in the research domain, and the sphere of influence achieved to date.

4. Research partnership

The applicant has a clear and defined collaboration plan that includes the involvement of the partner institution or onsite partners in the execution of research project.

 5. Suitablity for program

Overall suitability of the applicant and research project for the Global Health Grads Program.
(Supporting evidence to be evaluated for this criterion-not limited to:  research project, cv, transcript, contributions to research, prior global health experience, language/cultural competency, degree of self-reflection, and overall readiness to conduct research internationally or in Northern Canada).                 

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