Travel Awards

Applications for most of the Spring 2019 Travel Awards will open in March.

- Travel Awards for McGill International TB Centre trainees now accepting applications  -

The McGill Global Health Travel Awards program is designed to provide opportunities for McGill University students planning to travel for global health projects. Students have access to a variety of travel awards from the McGill Global Health Programs (GHP). The program supports students participating in global health projects internationally or in Canada.  

General information:

What are the general requirements of the Travel Awards program?

  • Only McGill students, postdocs, and residents are eligible for GHP travel awards. Criteria for the Bubbie and Nanny Global Health Travel Award and the McGill International TB Centre Travel Awards may differ slightly.
  • No program cost/fees will be covered. Travel support for conferences will not be supported (except the McGill International TB Centre Awards).
  • Travel cannot be completed before the application deadline for the awards (except for the Chan Prize in the fall).
  • Student travel to a country with a DFATD-3 or higher (avoid all non-essential travel or avoid all travel) warning is not encouraged and will not be funded by any of these awards. To view the latest travel advisories click here.
  • Travel Awards are non-transferrable to another student or trainee.
  • If a student or trainee is unable to travel to the destination for which the application was submitted they must contact the Global Health Programs as soon as they know. On a case by case basis, the situation will have to be evaluated to determine if the award can be deferred, used for an elective in another location, or must be declined.
  • A student or trainee is eligible for only one award from GHP for the same trip.
  • Students must remain registered with McGill as either a full or part-time student, postdoc or resident for the entire duration of their trip. Criteria for the Bubbie and Nanny Global Health Travel Award and the McGill International TB Centre Travel Awards may differ slightly.

How do I apply?

The chart below details application timing and eligibility criteria. You can click on the name of the award for more information about award criteria and eligibility. Travel to international settings for a clinical or research placement requires careful forethought and planning. Please consult our website on electives for more information and resources. 

What else should I know? What is expected of travel award winners?

  • Recipients of the Travel Awards Program will have to complete a mandatory Pre-Departure orientation prior to the start of their trip. Faculty of Medicine clinical students (MDCM, Nursing, PT/OT) will have to complete the online Faculty of Medicine Pre-Departure Training Modules if they are traveling outside of Canada (including the USA for MDCM students) for a family medicine clinical rotation (core rural), elective, placement, observership, or research project.
  • Travel Award recipients must do a poster presentation on their research or project at Global Health Night (November 2018)
  • A post-travel report about your research or project must be submitted within 6 weeks of your return to the Global Health Programs Office. Students can submit their report by going to the Post-Travel Reports for Award Winners area in the Travel Awards section of our website.


Please note that in the award descriptions "developing country", or "low or middle income country" refers to countries listed as per the World Bank listings (up to and including upper-middle-income economies). For awards including"underserved" or "under-resourced" areas or populations, applicants must make the case that their placement fills the requirement in their essay.


Award Name

Application Period

MDCM students


Undergraduate students

Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Fellows


Alex W. Strasberg MD CM 1921 and Harvey M. Weinstein MD CM 1967 Global Health Award

Fall term X X        
Ambassador Paul Frazer Travel Award for Global Health Spring term       X (MscPH students only)   Email mscph.eboh [at] (subject: Interest%20in%20Frazer%20Travel%20Award) (Eileen) for more information

Ashworth Student Travel Award

Fall and Spring Terms




Bubbie and Nanny Global Health Travel Award ongoing  

(residents in pediatrics or pediatric neurology only)
Healthcare professionals involved in a McGill project overseas are also eligible

      Rolling application--interested applicants should email kristin.hendricks [at] (subject: Interest%20in%20Nanny%20and%20Bubbie%20GH%20Travel%20Award) (Kristin) at GHP.

Dr. Alice Benjamin Global Maternal and Child Health Awards

Fall term X X
(Preference given to OB/Gyn Residents)

X (Faculty of Medicine)

X (Faculty of Medicine) X (Faculty of Medicine)  

Dr. Freda M. Omaswa Travel Award for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Fall term X        


Elaine E.L. Wang M.D.,C.M. Travel Award Fall term X        


Gail Carson Award

Spring term     X (Nursing only) X (Nursing only)    

Global and Indigenous Health Nursing Travel Awards

Spring term     X (Nursing only) X (Nursing only)    
Global Health Travel Awards for Postgraduate Medical Residents Fall and Spring terms   X      


Luger-Mikelberg Travel Award for Global Health

Fall term X  

X (Nursing, PT, and OT only)

X (Nursing, PT, and OT only)



Mary A. Metcalf International Travel Fund

Fall term



X (Faculty of Medicine)

X (Faculty of Medicine)



McGill International TB Centre Travel Awards Fall and Spring Terms       X (TB Centre members only) X

(TB Centre members only)

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Medical Class of ’84 Student Bursary

Fall and Spring Terms

X (Year 3 or 4)






Norman Bethune Awards for Global Health 

Fall and Spring Terms

      X (Faculty of Medicine only) X (Faculty of Medicine only)


OMAF Scholarship

Fall and Spring Terms 







SPOT Global Health Travel Awards (School of Physical and Occupational Therapy)

Fall term




X (SPOT only)





The Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine

Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine 2007(For medical students only) The Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine is awarded annually by the Faculty of Medicine Scholarship Committee to a medical student who participated in an international or Canadian multicultural elective, research project or community service experience of at least four weeks in the previous year and who best demonstrates an understanding of the contribution of social and cultural factors to health. The finalist will be selected by a panel of judges based on the abstracts. This award is open in the fall semester.

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Other opportunities

The McBurney Fellowship Program

The McBurney Fellowship Program provides support to students who plan to travel to Latin America in order to participate in a program or project that improves the health status and/or social conditions of marginalized populations in Latin America. Students must be registered toward a degree program as a full time graduate or undergraduate student at McGill at the time of their fellowship. For more information and to apply please visit the fellowship website.

Faculty of Medicine Graduate Program for International Travel

This funding opportunity is open to all Faculty of Medicine graduate students building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions or workshops outside of Canada. Travel must not be for conferences. Learn more about the program here.

Elaine E.L. Wang M.D.,C.M. Humanitarian Prize

Established in 2015 by Elaine E.L. Wang, M.D.,C.M.'77, for a graduating student of the M.D.,C.M. program in the Faculty of Medicine who has demonstrated excellence in humanitarian care and a caring attitude in his or her work. This may include, for example, work with a global health organization, or work with disadvantaged, homeless or stigmatized populations and patients locally in Montreal, within Canada, or abroad. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine on the basis of academic standing and demonstrated commitment to the betterment of society and the health care system. Apply here (please scroll down to the bottom).

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT Awards)

Established encourage graduate students to study and conduct research outside of Canada as part of their McGill degree program. Students will be awarded a Graduate Mobility Award based on nomination by the academic unit/department and Faculty of Medicine nomination. Learn more here.

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