Global Health Scholars - Undergraduate FAQ Page

The Global Health Programs is here to help answer your questions on the Global Health Scholars Undergraduate Program. We hope the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below will help with most queries on the program. 
What is the Global Health Scholars - Undergraduate program? 

The McGill Global Health Scholars – Undergraduates program provides opportunities for McGill undergraduate students to gain global health experience through hands-on involvement in global health research projects. Scholars carry out their assigned role on their designated global health research project during the summer either locally/remotely, internationally, or in Northern Canada. Each scholars’ work is carried out under the mentorship and supervision of a McGill faculty member or a partner institution. During the academic year, Global Health Scholars benefit from a variety of training and networking opportunities organized by Global Health Programs. 

What kinds of projects are included in this year's Global Health Scholars - Undergraduate program?

Each year the Global Health Scholars – Undergraduate program offers a wide variety of global health research projects representative of the diversity found under the umbrella of global health. We've had students participate from six different McGill Faculties over the years. Students will be based either locally/remotely (the most likely scenario in 2021 due to COVID-19), in Northern Canada, or internationally, depending on the project that you are selected for. Jump to 2021 projects!

Wow, there are a lot of great projects available this year! How many projects can I apply for?

In the application form, students can apply for up to two projects. You will be asked to indicate your first and second choices from the list of projects on offer.

What kinds of students are selected?

In general, we look for students who are eager to learn about health inequities and what is being done to develop innovative solutions to global health challenges. We look for students who see value in learning a wide range of skills, who possess humility, and who have the ability to be self-reflective.

Where can I read about past undergraduate Global Health Scholars and their projects?

That’s easy, just click here!

Do I need to have previous global health experience?

Nope! Students do not need to have any prior global health experience to apply to participate.

I have not taken either the Interprofessional Global Health Course or PPHS 511 - Fundamentals of Global Health. Can I still apply? 

Yes! It is not a requirement for students to have taken either course in order to apply to be a Global Health Scholar. In fact, most selected Scholars have not taken either course at the time that they submit their application. However, if you are selected to be a Global Health Scholar, you do need to take at least one of these two courses in the academic year following your summer project.

My schedule will not allow me to take either the Interprofessional Global Health Course or PPHS 511- Fundamentals of Global Health. Can I still participate in the program?

As we are encouraging global health scholarship through this program, rare exceptions will be granted. Students whose schedules do not allow the option of taking these courses can discuss with the GHP office and apply for an exception.

Why has GHP cancelled all international travel for the Global Health Scholars – Undergraduates Program in 2021?

Due to the ongoing barriers to international travel as well as the Canadian government’s current travel and health advisories, indicating that all non-essential travel outside of Canada should be avoided until further notice, McGill recently made the difficult decision to cancel all outbound international exchanges and terms away for the Summer 2021 term. The GHP office has extended this decision to the Global Health Scholars – Undergraduates program in 2021 for the same reasons. Projects that include travel to Northern Canada or to Toronto will remain under evaluation. The GHP office will advise on the possibility of travel for these projects by April 30, 2021. The award amount will be adjusted accordingly. Read more about it here!

Do students receive funding?

Yes! Students completing their project remotely or on-site locally (i.e. on-campus or in the Montreal area) will receive a stipend of up to $2,500. If a student’s Northern Canada or Toronto on-site work plan is initiated, students will receive up to an additional $2,500 to contribute towards costs related to travel. If a student is not able to travel, the stipend will not exceed $2,500.

When will the funds be distributed to selected Scholars?

Payment of the awards will be done in two installments: 90% of the amount will be paid in May 2021 and the remaining 10% will be paid upon completion of the main responsibilities of program as confirmed by the Scholar’s supervisor and the GHP office.

Are there any additional opportunities for funding to support my participation in the Global Health Scholars program?

Students may also be eligible for additional funding from the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. We encourage students to reach out to them early to see what funding is available. Please review this document and if eligible, you can apply AFTER your selection into the Global Health Scholars program. Note that the Global Health Scholars program has prior approval for Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEO) bursaries.

Will my participation in the Global Health Scholars program show up on my transcript?

Upon completion of this program, participation in this project will be part of the student’s McGill Co-Curricular Record.

I missed the information session webinar. Is there a recording somewhere?

Yes, you can watch the info session recording here.

I have a question. Who should I contact?

Please send any additional inquiries to studentaffairsghp.med [at] mcgill.ca. Please do not contact the faculty supervisor on any given project. Students who contact faculty supervisors for more information may be disqualified. For more information on the program or to review what projects were part of the 2021 Global Health Scholars - Undergraduate Program please go to the main page.

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