McGill Global Health Outreach Projects

Applications for the 2019 Global Health Outreach Projects are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied!

Deadline February 17, 11:59PM

The McGill Global Health Outreach Projects are designed to provide opportunities for McGill students to learn about global health through outreach projects. These students will either be reporting on a global health story or their choice or take a leadership role for McGill GHP publications. During the academic year, they will benefit from a series of global health workshops and trainings organized by GHP. They 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.

General information:

What kinds of projects do you have? What kinds of students are selected?

  • Both Undergraduate and Graduate Students are eligible to apply.
  • Students do not need to have prior global health experience and specific project requirements vary a great deal. In general, we are looking for students who want to learn about health inequities and what is being done throughoutreach projects to develop innovative solutions to big challenges. We are looking for students who see value in learning a wide range of skills, possess humility, and have the ability to be self-reflective. 
  • Jump to 2019 projects!

What funding is provided?

  • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellow will receive a $3,000 US stipend in addition to funding to attend a fellows meeting in Washington D.C.
  • Students will receive $2,000 to cover a small stipend for projects based in Montreal.
  • Undergraduate Students traveling outside of Montreal may ALSO be eligible for 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 program. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship program has prior approval for EEO bursaries.

How do I apply?

  • Students apply through Global Health Programs for selection into the program.
  • Only currently enrolled McGill undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. McGill students graduating in May/June 2019 will NOT be eligible to apply.
  • On the application, the student will be able to choose up to three options.
  • The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 17th, 2019, 11:59PM.

What else should I know?

  • An information session on the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting will be held on January 17, 2019 in the presence of Pulitzer Center representatives. You can RSVP for the session here. Attendance is not mandatory to apply.
  • Students must enroll in the Interprofessional Global Health Course or PPHS 511 - Fundamentals of Global Health course in the 2019-20 academic year if they haven’t already taken it. As we are encouraging global health scholarship through this program, rare exceptions will be granted. However, students whose schedules do not allow the option of taking these courses can discuss with the GHP office and apply for an exception.
  • Students must communicate with the advisor and the GHP office on a regular basis before the project starts, during the project, and at the close of the project.
  • Students leaving Montreal 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 about their project to GHP. You will be given a template for this report.
  • Students are required to attend McGill's Global Health Night (November 2019) and present a poster.
  • Participation in this project will be part of the student’s McGill Co-Curricular Record.

2019 Projects:

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellow - Pulitzer Center Mentor / Kristin Hendricks

Location: chosen by the student

Project Summary: The Pulitzer Center offers fellowships to students at Campus Consortium partners (McGill University is a partner) to pursue international reporting projects. The student brings the idea and Pulitzer Center staff and journalists advise the student throughout the process. Final projects are featured on the Pulitzer Center website and in other news-media outlets. Students are encouraged to produce work in various media: articles, video, and photo essays. The Pulitzer Center is interested in reporting projects that focus on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The Pulitzer Center's definition of "crisis" is broad - it is not limited to "conflict" reporting. They see great value in covering the too often under-reported systemic level crises, from environmental, global health, and women and children's issues to struggles for resources, human rights abuses, post-conflict reconstruction, or brewing ethnic tensions. They are interested in the stories that would typically not make the headlines without the Center's support.

Travel is encouraged to take place sometime May-August 2019, though travel can be completed as late as December 2019 if rationale as to why the project can not be completed in the summer is stated in the essay.

Faculty Preferences: Students should review the information at this website There will be a few additional questions to answer on the application for students interested in this project. Select the Pulitzer Center Project in the application form to view the additional questions.

Our 2018 Fellow: McGill's first-ever Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Student Fellow, medical student Julie DeMeulemeester had her work on food insecurity in Northern Canada published in the Globe and Mail and in Global Health Now.
See her piece in Global Health Now: The Heavy Toll of Empty Calories: Nutrition as a Focus for Inuit Health
Read her Globe and Mail op-ed: In Nunavut, a land of plenty, food insecurity abounds

2019 Information Session: We will be holding an information session on the Fellowship with representatives of the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, January 17 at 12PM-Noon. As space is limited, RSVPs are encouraged.

Editor-in-Chief, McGill Perspectives on Global Health McGill - Kristin Hendricks, Program Manager, Global Health Programs

Location: Montreal, QC

Project Summary: Launched in 2016, the McGill Perspectives on Global Health Blog is a student-run blog with almost exclusively McGill student content. The Blog has grown substantially in its first three years and has the potential to reach an even larger audience in the next year. The Editor-in-Chief would be responsible for soliciting and writing stories, managing contributors, updating the website, and working with the GHP office to set the direction of the Blog.

Faculty Preferences: Excellent writing and editing skills required; previous experience with websites an asset.

Timeline: September 2019-April 2020

Editor-in-Chief, The Prognosis Global Health Journal - Kristin Hendricks, Program Manager, Global Health Programs

Location: Montreal, QC

Project Summary: The McGill Global Health Scholars program recruits and supports the Editor-in-chief for the Prognosis. The journal’s focus is on research at the intersection of social, biomedical, global, and local perspectives on health.  This internship runs from September until April. Key tasks for the editor in chief include: recruiting and hiring volunteers for editorial board, providing leadership, developing relationships between The Prognosis, Global Health, and the McGill community as a whole, and ultimately producing a student-run journal in the spring. 

Faculty Preferences: Candidates must have strong writing and editing skills.

Timeline: September 2019-April 2020




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