Global Health Outreach Projects

Submissions for the 2021 Global Health Outreach Projects are now closed. Meet the 2021 Global Health Outreach Project Leaders.

Background 

McGill Global Health Outreach Projects provide opportunities for McGill undergraduate and graduate students to learn about global health through a variety of media, journalism and publishing initiatives. Selected students will report on a global health story of their choice or take on a leadership role for McGill Global Health Programs (GHP) publications. Selected students will receive funding and will benefit from a variety of training and networking opportunities organized by GHP throughout the academic year, including the McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, GHP’s annual Global Health Night and others. Each student's work is carried out under the mentorship and supervision of either GHP or a partner organization.

Key Dates
  • Launch of call for student applications: January 15, 2021
  • Info Session Webinar: January 26, 2021 - Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship (scroll down to view webinar)
  • Application Deadline: February 21, 2021
  • Announcement of results: March 31, 2021
Program Timeline
  • Orientation Meeting: April 2021 
  • GHP Journal and Blog Outreach Projects: May 2021 - April 2022
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship: May 2021 to December 2021
  • Final Report and Survey: October 2021
  • Global Health Night: November 2021
Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for 2021 Global Health Outreach Projects, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at McGill.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.
  • Must not be graduating in May/June 2021.
  • Students who have been part of a previous Global Health Outreach Projects cohort are eligible to apply for the 2021 cohort. 
  • A student is eligible for only one award from GHP during the academic year.
Funding 
  • Students awarded the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship receive a stipend of $3,000 USD. The Pulitzer Center will provide the stipend and cover any additional training expenses. 
  • Students awarded the positions with the McGill Journal of Global Health or the Perspective on Global Health Blog projects will receive a stipend of $2,000 CAD.
  • Undergraduate 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. Note that the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship program has prior approval for EEO bursaries. Please review this document and if eligible, you can apply AFTER your selection to the program. 
Impact of COVID-19 - Important Update
  • Due COVID-19 directives set forth by McGill University and the Quebec Government, students selected for 2021 Global Health Outreach Projects will be required to complete their work remotely or on-site locally (i.e. on-campus or in the Montreal area).
  • Working alongside their designated supervisor, students who are planning to work on campus will need to transition to remote work at any point if it is not possible to be on campus.
  • Due to the cancellation of Summer 2021 exchanges and independent study abroad, travel to an international site (Pulitzer Student Fellowship only) will not be permitted for summer 2021. Travel within Canada is dependent upon the directives set forth by McGill University, the Government of Quebec, other provincial travel advisories, and the onsite partner organization. GHP will continue to assess the possibility of travel within Canada. If travel is not possible, students will need to continue to work on their projects remotely or on-site locally.
  • The GHP office will advise students on when to switch to remote work at any point during the year.
Conditions for Participation

Students selected to participate in 2021 Global Health Outreach Projects must agree to the following conditions:

  • Selected participants are considered part of 2021 Global Health Outreach Projects cohort for the 2021-2022 academic year and have the opportunity to attend a number of training, workshops or events coordinated by GHP.
  • The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort must enroll in at least one of the following courses in the academic year following their summer project unless they have already taken one of them: 1) Interprofessional Global Health Course; or 2) PPHS 511 - Fundamentals of Global Health .
  • The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort must attend and present a poster at McGill's Global Health Night, to be held in November 2021 in Montreal.
  • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellow who will travel outside of Montreal for their project must participate in online pre-departure training via MyCourses (pending approval by GHP).
  • The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort must communicate with their GHP supervisor or partner organization supervisor on a regular basis before, during and after their project.
  • The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort must submit a final report for their projects by October 1, 2021. A reporting template will be provided by GHP.
  • The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort are eligible to attend up to two courses in the McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health in summer 2022 without paying the registration fees. If interested, please speak with the GHP office.
  • Participation in this project will be part of the student’s McGill Co-Curricular Record.
2021 Outreach Projects:
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellow - Pulitzer Center/ Global Health Programs

Location: chosen by the student

The Pulitzer Center offers fellowships to students at Campus Consortium partners (McGill University is a partner) to pursue global reporting projects. Students submit project proposals in their applications. Once a fellowship is awarded Pulitzer Center editors and journalists advise the student throughout the process. Final projects are featured on the Pulitzer Center website and in some cases other news-media outlets. Students are encouraged to produce work in various media: articles, videos, 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 peace and conflict. They are interested in the stories that would typically not make the headlines without the Center's support.

Due to the cancellation of Summer 2021 exchanges and independent study abroad, international travel will not be permitted for Summer 2021. We will review this decision at the beginning of the fall semester to determine if travel can be completed by December 2021. If it is not feasible or safe for Reporting Fellows to travel at any time during the year, they may choose to report remotely or locally.

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellows join an extensive network of journalists, educators, and fellow alums. Each Fellow receives support throughout the reporting process from a professional journalist grantee with significant expertise in the Fellow’s topic or reporting location. The Pulitzer Center hosts an annual Fellows weekend in Washington, D.C., to expose students (and their professors) to the work of other Fellows, provide an opportunity to network with professional journalists and editors, and further broaden horizons.

Candidate Preferences: Students should review the information on this website http://pulitzercenter.org/grants/student-fellows

Info Session Webinar: Thurs January 26, 2021

Students are strongly encouraged to review the info session webinar on the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship which took place on Thursday, January 26, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST. The recording is below. You can also review the presentation slides.

Editor-in-Chief, McGill Perspectives on Global Health Blog - Global Health Programs

Location: Montreal

Project Summary: GHP recruits and supports the Editor-in-Cheif of the McGill Perspectives on Global Health Blog. This is a student-run blog that publishes content written by McGill students and the greater McGill Community. Key tasks for the Editor-in-Chief include:

  • Manage all aspects of the Blog, including submissions, editing, publishing, website management and social media. Two to four blog posts are expected each month.
  • Update eligibility requirements for submissions.
  • Recruiting and utilizing a volunteer editorial board.
  • Publicize Blog outside of existing networks and develop a strategy to increase readership.
  • Organize any events related to the publicity of the blog and the solicitation of articles. 

Candidate Preferences:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills required.
  • Previous experience with managing websites and social media a preference. 
  • Previous work or volunteer experience in global health an asset. 

Internship Timeline: May 2021 - April 2022 

Editor-in-Chief, The McGill Journal of Global Health - Global Health Programs

Location: Montreal

Project Summary: GHP recruits and supports the Editor-in-chief for the McGill Journal of Global Health (MJGH). The journal publishes academic research that focuses on the intersectionality of social, biomedical, global, and community perspectives in health.  Key tasks for the Editor-in-Chief include:

  • Manage all aspects of the journal, including print, digital, and social media
  • Develop eligibility requirements and recruit volunteers for editorial board
  • Provide leadership to team and divide work fairly amongst volunteers
  • Coordinate call for submissions process: including setting eligibility requirements, class call-out and advertising schedule, and tracking of submitted articles
  • Create and execute a schedule of online article publication
  • Manage the budget for the MJGH
  • Publicize journal outside of existing networks
  • Recruiting and hiring volunteers for the editorial board, providing leadership, developing relationships between The Journal, Global Health, and the McGill community.
  • Organize any events related to the publicity of published work or solicitation of articles
  • Curate the Facebook page/Twitter with interesting global health content and keep the website updated.

Candidate Preferences:

  • Candidates must have strong writing and editing skills.
  • Previous experience working on a student-led academic journal preferred. 
  • Previous work or volunteer experience in global health an asset.

Internship Timeline: May 2021 - April 2022 

 

 

 

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