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2021 Global Health Scholars - Faculty Project Proposals

The call for applications for McGill faculty members to submit project proposals to the 2021 Global Health Scholars Undergraduate Program is now open!

Key Dates

  • Call for Applications: November 2, 2020
  • Application Deadline: December 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm
  • Evaluation Period: December 7, 2020 - December 17, 2020
  • Announcement of Competition Results: December 18, 2020


The McGill Global Health Scholars - Undergraduates program provides opportunities for McGill undergraduate students to learn about and gain experience in global health through research projects. Over the summer, each Global Health Scholar is involved in a global health project in either an International or Northern Canada site location or from Montreal, under the mentorship of a McGill faculty member or a partner organization. During the academic year leading up to the summer, Global Health Scholars benefit from a series of education, training and networking opportunities organized by McGill Global Health Programs (GHP), including access to GHP's annual Global Health Night event, the McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, and other activities. Please view the GHP website for more information on the Global Health Scholars Program.

The current call for applications is open to McGill faculty who are interested in benefiting from the support of an undergraduate Global Health Scholar on their global health research project in 2021. If selected, your project will be included in the roster of global health projects for the 2021 cohort of the Global Health Scholars - Undergraduate program. You will serve as the faculty supervisor for the Global Health Scholar who is selected and assigned to your project by GHP, and will provide mentorship and support to the student throughout the year as detailed in the sections below.

Project Proposals and COVID-19

  • Due to COVID-19 directives set by McGill University and the Quebec Government, it is probable that the 2021 cohort of Global Health Scholars will need to complete their work remotely and without travel. It is also plausible that travel will become possible at some point in 2021. Thus, this year's application form requires that faculty prepare work plans for a number of scenarios.
  • Faculty members whose proposals are accepted to the program should prepare to transition their students' projects to remote work at any point if students are not able to be on campus, work from a McGill affiliate location, or travel to an international or Northern Canada research site location.
  • All project proposals must include a remote work plan as well as an on-site work plan for students.
  • The on-site work plan will be activated with GHP approval based upon the lifting of COVID-19 worksite and travel restrictions. The onsite work plan must include two components: (1) a local work plan for the student to work on-campus or at a McGill-affiliate site in Montreal; and (2) an international site work plan, in case travel restrictions are lifted and students are able to travel to their designated international or Northern Canada research site to work.
  • All International and Northern Canada projects must identify a site location and an onsite partner/or supervisor (if applicable). The onsite partner or supervisor must agree to work with a McGill Undergraduate student (on-site or remotely) in Summer 2021. We strongly encourage faculty to enable the participation and involvement of collaborators in determining project objectives for the student in your proposal.

Funding and Hours

  • 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 International / Northern Canada site work plan is initiated, students will receive up to an additional $2,500 to contribute towards costs related to international travel or travel to Northern Canada. If a student is not able to travel, the stipend will not exceed $2,500.
  • Travel can only proceed with prior approval from GHP. GHP approval is dependent upon the directives set forth by McGill University, the Government of Quebec, travel advisories posted by Global Affairs Canada, the host country, and the onsite partner organization.
  • Student costs related to working remotely (e.g. internet access, web conferencing/meeting platforms, cloud-based file sharing) will be reviewed by GHP for eligibility on a case by case basis. Costs relating to data usage, graphic design software, and carrying out research are not eligible. Faculty supervisors are expected to cover all research-related costs.
  • Selected students must complete 240 hours of work (equivalent of 6 weeks full-time). These hours must be completed between May 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021. The exact schedule is to be determined between the student and their faculty supervisor.
  • Any work on the project that exceeds 240 hours is not covered by GHP. If such a case arises, there should be prior discussion and mutual agreement between the student and their faculty supervisor or organizational partner with regards to compensation.
  • If a student’s International / Northern Canada site work plan is initiated (i.e. if the student travels), a minimum of 4 full weeks (28 days) must be spent on-site.
  • Stipends will be distributed to students in May 2021 at the onset of the University's new fiscal year. In distributing stipends, students whose projects commence in May will be prioritized.
  • Research projects involving human subjects must have the approval of all appropriate ethics boards by May 2021 in order to be eligible to receive support via the GH Scholars Undergraduate program.

Application Process

  • Undergraduate students will apply to GHP (NOT to faculty members) for acceptance to the Global Health Scholars Program.
  • Students will apply via the Global Health Scholars Program application portal, to be posted on the GHP website. The application portal for students will launch on January 15, 2021 and close on February 17, 2021.
  • The most competitive student applications will be shortlisted by GHP and forwarded to faculty members by the end of February 2021. Faculty members should not communicate with or interview students prior to receiving the applications from GHP.
  • Faculty members should conduct interviews as needed in early March 2021 and identify their preferred candidate to GHP by March 22, 2021. Selected students will then be informed of their acceptance to the program by March 31, 2021 by GHP.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to involve their on-site partners or on-site supervisors to participate in the selection process and/or interviews.
  • The faculty member will make the final decision on which student(s) are selected for the project(s).

Special Instructions Related to Travel

  • In general, student travel will be regulated by the COVID-19 guidelines in effect by McGill University, the Government of Quebec, travel advisories posted by Global Affairs Canada, the host country, and the onsite partner organization.
  • This must be a mentored research project and students traveling as part of the project must have access to thorough supervision by an established member of the research team.
  • If the faculty member is not traveling with the student, then it is essential that an on-site supervisor(s) is identified for the student by the faculty member and that the student receives adequate information about the project prior to departure.
  • Students are not allowed to travel to countries or regions with a Global Affairs Canada Travel Advisory risk level of 3 or higher (i.e. Level 3 ‘avoid all non-essential travel’ or Level 4 ‘avoid all travel’). To view the latest travel advisories, click here.
  • Students are to be assisting in research projects only. Students cannot provide clinical care or receive clinical training through the Global Health Scholars program.
  • The partner institution or organization must be aware that the student is traveling to their facility to work on the research project and receive all pertinent travel details and emergency contact information.

Program Expectations for Scholars

Students selected as undergraduate Global Health Scholars must:

  • Attend a mandatory two-part orientation session on research ethics training organized by GHP in April 2021.
  • Complete the GHP online pre-departure training (for students traveling to an international or Northern Canada worksite only).
  • Attend a mandatory project debrief seminar in September 2021.
  • Submit a final report to GHP in October 2021. This report is a reflection on the Global Health Scholars Program and a way to provide feedback. GHP DOES NOT expect a complete review paper or journal article.
  • Present a poster on their Global Health Scholars project at GHP’s annual Global Health Night event in November 2021. The poster does not have to present final research results.
  • Scholars will also have the opportunity to attend the McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health in either summer 2021 (online) or 2022 summer, as well as take the PPHS 511 course or the Interprofessional Global Health Course during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Please direct any inquiries to studentaffairsghp.med [at] mcgill.ca

Please apply via the below form. The deadline to submit applications is December 4, 2020. A faculty member may submit applications for up to two projects. A separate application must be submitted for each individual project. Applications may only be submitted by faculty or staff at McGill University.


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