Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

The call for applications for the 2017 Fellows is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

We are forever grateful to Mr. Arnold Steinberg and Professor Emerita Blema Steinberg, who sadly passed away in 2015 and 2017, respectively, for their steadfast support of global health at McGill. Their legacy will continue to motivate us as we work to position global health at McGill at the forefront internationally.
Tribute Article: Ex-Chancellor Arnold Steinberg: generous, curious, devoted

In memoriam: Blema Steinberg, professor emerita

Program Description

Established in 2015 by The Blema and Arnold Steinberg Family Foundation, for entering or current postdoctoral fellows at McGill University who are pursuing research related to global health in low or middle income countries or among Aboriginal populations in Canada. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of Global Health Programs, to one or more postdoctoral fellows on the basis of academic merit. Value: $45,000, plus an annual travel stipend of $5,000; may be renewable once.

McGill University has a long history of diverse global health research and training programs. The range of global health teams and researchers at McGill is one of our strengths. Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising scholars in global health and assist them in establishing a research base early in their careers. The program aims to support a diverse group of fellows with varying specialties and geographic areas of interest.

NOTE: The Fellowship particularly welcomes applications from citizens of LMIC countries and indigenous communities looking to study at McGill for their postdoctoral studies.

For questions during the application process please contact the globalhealth [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Steinberg%20Global%20Health%20Postdoctoral%20Fellowships%20) (Global Health Programs Office).

Program Details | Instructions for Applicants | Evaluation Process | Timeline for 2017-2018 | Apply

Program Details

  • Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellows will receive a generous stipend and travel expenditures totaling $50,000. Healthcare information for international applicants can be found here.
  • In addition to individual financial support for each Fellow, McGill Global Health Programs is interested in fostering professional development for the cohort of global health fellows at McGill. The Global Health Programs office will help facilitate opportunities as requested by global health postdoctoral fellows at McGill. Topics may include: Publication and research communication; Teaching in diverse settings and with various technologies; Project and human resources management; Leadership and teamwork; and/or Media relations.
  • Steinberg Global Health Fellows may have teaching responsibilities (approximately 10 hours per semester) in the Fundamentals of Global Health course, and/or as part of the Interprofessional Global Health Course. In addition, each fellow may be asked to give a public presentation on his or her research.
  • Please note that the renewal of the Fellowship for year 2 is not automatic. Candidates will need to re-apply, and they will be evaluated by the Awards Committee on their productivity and performance during the preceding year. These criteria along with a recommendation of the postdoctoral supervisor will be critical for a successful renewal.
  • Should Steinberg Fellows receive of an additional internal university fellowship or an external agency fellowship, the monetary value of the Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellowship will be reduced by an amount equal to the funds received from the other source. The fellow can keep the title of Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Steinberg Global Health Fellows must provide an update on their work to the donor’s Foundation on a yearly basis. (Reporting will be coordinated by Global Health Programs)

Instructions for Applicants

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must have or have arranged supervision by a member of McGill University Faculty who is a Professor, Associate Professor or an Assistant Professor. Most of McGill’s global health teams and researchers can be found on the GHP website.
  • Applicants from varying specialties within global health, including but not limited to medicine, nursing, health sciences, humanities, epidemiology, public health, and health policy are encouraged to apply. Fundamental (laboratory or bench) research projects, without a clear translational focus on population outcomes will not be within the scope of this fellowship.
  • Applicants to the 2017-2018 Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree doctorate (DPhil, DPH, MD, DVM or similar terminal degree) before August 31, 2017. Awardees must be within 5 years of completion of this degree to hold the award. The conferral date on the diploma or transcript will determine the five-year period. Please refer to the McGill Eligibility requirements for postdoctoral fellows for more information.
  • Applicants, who do not have the PhD or PhD-equivalent degree in hand at the time of application, must include a letter from their Department Chair specifying that dissertation defense will take place before September 1st, 2017. Successful applicants who do not complete all requirements for their PhD by August 31, 2017, will have their offer of award withdrawn.
  • Please see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office for detailed information on postdoctoral registration at McGill. Please make sure you meet the general requirements to be a postdoc in Quebec and Canada. Fellows must comply with all postdoctoral registration requirements. If selected, candidates from outside of Canada will need to budget for time required for immigration/work permit processing.

 Prospective candidates should submit:

  1. Application form - Please download to fill.
  2. CV
  3. PhD supervisor recommendation letter (maximum 2 pages)
  4. McGill supervisor recommendation letter (if different from above). The letter should speak both to your qualifications and the role the supervisor will play in supporting your work. (maximum 2 pages)
  5. Research proposal. Please write in simple, non-technical language. Award committee members come from varied global health backgrounds and may not be experts in your particular field (maximum 5 pages). Please include:
  • Brief abstract or summary of your proposal
  • The objectives and significance of your proposed global health research program
  • The contribution that your research will make to the advancement of knowledge
  • How the proposed research program is situated within relevant scholarly literature
  • The theoretical approach or framework that will be used
  • The research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es)
  • The methodology and why it was chosen
  • The outcomes being measured and the potential for impact
  • The plan to disseminate the findings
  • Timeline/workplan of your work for at least one, but preferably, two years.

6. Training expectations: Please provide an overview of how this postdoctoral experience will contribute to your future research ambitions and productivity (1 page). 

7. Applicants must provide a copy of their complete university academic record to date, including undergraduate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Please arrange transcripts in chronological order starting with the most recent. International transcripts must be in English or French.

8. Current McGill post-docs must provide Proof of registration in the postdoctoral program at McGill.
New post-docs to McGill must provide a letter from the academic department you hope to join saying that they support your application (a sample of this letter can be provided by Global Health Programs please contact the globalhealth [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Steinberg%20Global%20Health%20Postdoctoral%20Fellowships%20-%20Letter%20from%20department) (GHP office)).

Deadline is March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Evaluation Process

Step 1 Pre-Scoring: All applications will be scored by at least two reviewers using the following three criteria. The three criteria are equally weighted and scored on a 0.1-9.0 scale.

1. Research excellence and leadership in the research domain

Demonstrated capacity for research excellence based on track record as defined by quality of applicant's research contributions (publications), and demonstrated capacity for leadership in the research domain defined by the sphere of influence achieved to date by the applicant.
 

 

Supporting evidence to be evaluated for this criterion: Applicant CV, Research proposal including the clarity with which applicant writes their proposal to a multi-disciplinary committee (non-specialist audience), Supervisor's statement(s), and transcripts

2. Quality of the applicant's proposed research program

Examined in terms of the potential of the proposed research program executed in the proposed institutional environment. The outcomes being measured and the potential population impact of the study should be stressed and clearly explained.

 

Supporting evidence to be evaluated for this criterion:
Research proposal, Supervisor's statement(s)

3. Applicant’s discussion of how this postdoctoral experience will contribute to their future research ambitions and productivity

Examined in terms of the potential that being at McGill University with their supervisor will affect their future research ambitions and productivity. In addition, applicants’ willingness to engage in the other requirements of the Steinberg Fellowship (some teaching and forming a cohort with other Fellows and global health scholars at McGill) should be considered. 

 

Supporting evidence to be evaluated for this criterion: Research proposal, training expectations essay

Step 2 Selection Committee: A Selection Committee with meet to discuss the top scoring applicants from step 1. A final ranking will be determined by the selection committee for those applicants based on 1) the above criteria and 2) comments from the pre-score reviewers.

Timeline for 2017

  • November 25, 2016 – March 31, 2017: Applications open for candidates
  • Mid to late May 2017: 1-2 winners announced
  • September  – December 31, 2017: Period in which Fellows may begin at McGill
 

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