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 lead McGill Global Health Programs (GHP) publications: The McGill Journal of Global Health and McGill Perspectives on Global Health. Selected students will receive funding and will benefit from a variety of training and networking opportunities organized by GHP throughout the academic year, including GHP’s annual Global Health Night and others. Each student's work is carried out under the mentorship and supervision of GHP.
- Launch of the call for student applications: February 27, 2023
- Information Session – March 13, 2023, 10 AM - 11 AM ET - View the recording
- Application Deadline: March 27, 2023
- Announcement of results: April 7, 2023
- Orientation Meeting: April 2023
- GHP Journal and Perspectives Outreach Projects: May 2023 - April 2024
- Global Health Night: November 2023
- Final Report and Survey: May 2024
To be eligible to participate in a 2023-24 Global Health Outreach Project, 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 2023.
- Students who have been part of a previous Global Health Outreach Projects cohort are eligible to apply for the 2023-24 cohort.
- Students awarded the editor-in-chief positions with the McGill Journal of Global Health or the McGill Perspective on Global Health will receive a stipend of $2,000 CAD.
- A student is eligible for only one award from GHP per trip.
Terms of Participation
Students selected to participate in 2023 Global Health Outreach Projects must agree to the following terms:
- Selected participants are considered part of the 2023 Global Health Outreach Projects cohort for the 2023-2024 academic year and have the opportunity to attend training sessions, workshops or events coordinated by GHP.
- The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort is encouraged to enroll in at least one of the following courses in the academic year 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 2023 in Montreal.
- The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort must communicate with their GHP supervisor regularly before, during and after their project.
- Participation will be recorded as part of the student’s McGill Co-Curricular Record.
2023 Outreach Projects:
Editor-in-Chief, McGill Perspectives on Global Health Online Publication - Global Health Programs
GHP recruits and supports the Editor-in-Cheif of McGill Perspectives on Global Health. This is a student-run online platform 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 publication, including submissions, editing, publishing, website management and social media. Two to four posts are expected each month.
- Review and update eligibility requirements for submissions, as necessary.
- Recruit and manage a volunteer editorial board.
- Publicize the publication beyond its existing networks and develop a strategy to increase readership.
- Organize any events related to the publicity of the publication and the solicitation of articles.
- Excellent writing and editing skills are required.
- Previous experience with managing websites and social media is a preference.
- Previous work or volunteer experience in global health is an asset
May 2023 - April 2024
Editor-in-Chief, The McGill Journal of Global Health - Global Health Programs
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:
- Managing all aspects of the journal, including print, digital, and social media.
- Develop eligibility requirements, recruit, and manage editorial board volunteers.
- Provide leadership to the team and divide work fairly amongst volunteer editors.
- 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 publications.
- Manage the annual budget for the MJGH.
- Publicize the journal outside of existing networks.
- Develop and nurture relationships between the MJGH and the greater McGill community.
- Organize any events related to the publicity of published work or solicitation of articles.
- Curate MJGH social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) with interesting global health content and keep the MJGH website up to date.
- *For the 2023-24 cycle, the Editor-in-Chief will, in collaboration with the McGill GHP team, oversee the migration of the online journal from its current WordPress platform to the Open Journal Systems (OJS). This platform will not only handle publishing but will also manage the article submission and review process. For more information on the platform, please visit the McGill Library Scholarly publishing section.
- The position will help onboard the next Journal Editor-in-Chief over the Spring and Summer of 2024.
- Candidates must have strong writing and editing skills.
- Previous experience working on a student-led academic journal is preferred.
- Previous work or volunteer experience in global health is an asset.
May 2023 - April 2024
How to apply
In addition to completing the application form, please submit all of the following documentation in one combined PDF file:
- Copy of your McGill unofficial transcript - include the current term, even if grades have not been assigned.
- Two Writing Samples (single-authored pieces are strongly preferred)
- Max 3 pages, 11-point font, single-spaced
- Your essay should respond to the following questions (1-4):
- Students can select up to two projects to apply to for this program. Please explain your interest in the project(s) you want to apply for.
- How do your past experience and interests make you a good match for the project(s) you selected?
- How will working on this project help you advance your academic and career goals?
- The education components of our program require students to attend several events, course(s) or seminars during the academic year, as outlined in the Conditions for Participation section of the GH Outreach Projects main page. Given the time commitment, are you in a position to complete the program from start to finish?
Writing Sample and Proposal Guidelines
- Please submit two writing samples in the same PDF as your Essay, CV and transcript.
Application materials should be submitted via the Global Health Outreach Projects application form (the link opens a new window).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Global Health Outreach Project program?
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 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.
What projects are included in this year's Global Health Outreach Project program?
Editor-in-Chief, McGill Perspectives on Global Health - Global Health Programs
Editor-in-Chief, The McGill Journal of Global Health - Global Health Programs
What about the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Student Fellowship?
The Pulitzer Centre fellowship will not be offered in 2023
What kinds of students are selected?
In general, we look for students who are passionate about global health and possess excellent writing and editing skills. We look for students who see value in learning a wide range of skills, who possess humility, and who demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective. Previous experience with managing websites and social media, and or volunteer experience in global health may be an asset.
Do I need to have previous global health experience?
No! Students are not required to have any prior global health experience to apply to the program.
Is there a minimal GPA to apply?
No! There is no minimum GPA.
I have not taken either the Interprofessional Global Health Course or PPHS 511 - Fundamentals of Global Health. Can I still apply?
Yes! The Global Health Outreach Projects cohort is encouraged to enroll in at least one of the following courses in the academic year unless they have already taken one of them: 1) Interprofessional Global Health Course; or 2) PPHS 511 - Fundamentals of Global Health .
I'm not studying health or science, can I still apply?
All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the Global Health Outreach Projects as long as they do not graduate in May/June 2023. There is no program restriction.
Do students receive funding?
Yes! Students awarded the Editor-in-Chief positions with the McGill Journal of Global Health or the Perspective on Global Health will receive a stipend of $2,000 CAD.
When will the funds be distributed to selected Scholars?
The selected student will receive compensation of $1,000 at the end of the fall term and $1,000 upon successful completion of their project in April 2024.
Will my participation in the Global Health Outreach Projects program show up on my transcript?
Upon completing this program, participation in this project will be part of the student’s McGill Co-Curricular Record.
What is the time commitment for these positions?
For both positions, the time commitment will vary for anywhere from 4 to 10 hours per week. For the McGill Journal of Global Health, there is a bigger time committment around March/April to prepare the print edition launch.
I will be away from Montreal, can the position be remote?
While it is possible to lead the publications remotely, you do need to think carefully about how will you handle editorial meetings or being responsive to requests if you are, for instance, in another time zone. This can be an extra challenge.
Is there an online information session for the 2023 Global Health Outreach Projects program?
Yes, we hosted an online information session on March 13, 2023, from 10 Am to 11 AM EDT. You can watch the recording.
What do I need to apply?
In addition to completing the application form, you would need to submit an essay, CV, a copy of your unofficial transcript - including the current term, even if grades have not been assigned, and two writing Samples (single-authored pieces are strongly preferred). You'll find details in the “Application form" section of this page.
How do I turn my unofficial transcript into a PDF file?
You can create a PDF version of your unofficial transcript by choosing the "Print" option in your web browser and then choosing “Save as PDF” or “Print to PDF”.
How should I format my essay?
As long as you follow the essay guidelines in the "How to apply" section on the main Scholars page, you can format your essay as you want. As students with excellent writing and editing skills are sought, it's worth spending some time writing and reviewing your essay to demonstrate these skills!
Can I apply to both Outreach Projects, and do I have to write 2 essays?
Yes! You can apply to both projects. It is up to you if you want to write one or two essays. Whatever you choose, the page limit for both essays is still 3 pages and should comply with the essay guidelines provided in the Application section. If you are applying to both projects, you should still provide two (not four) writing samples.
I have a question that is not answered here. Who should I contact?
Please send any additional inquiries to studentaffairsghp.med [at] mcgill.ca.