Please note that in these definitions "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.
Established in 2016 by Rhona Weinstein (née Strasberg) BA 1967, MA 1969, and Harvey M. Weinstein BSc 1963, MD CM 1967, in honour of Rhona’s late father, Alex W. Strasberg, MD CM 1921 and Harvey M. Weinstein, MD CM 1967, both pioneers and advocates in clinical work and research related to vulnerable populations.
An immigrant to Canada, Dr. Strasberg was among the earliest Jewish students to graduate from McGill Medicine. He became a urologist on staff at the Jewish General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital, conducted research, and taught in the Department of Urology at McGill. He devoted his practice to treating the poor and was for many years the physician of choice for many in the Montreal Chinese immigrant community.
Dr. Weinstein trained as a psychiatrist at Yale University and worked in university student health at Stanford University as well as in hospital and private practice settings. In later years he earned a public health degree from UC Berkeley and devoted his time to research and policy in refugee and immigrant health. Author of two books and numerous articles, he also became involved in human rights scholarship and advocacy about how countries respond to ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs to provide support for undergraduate medical students or post-graduate residents in the Faculty who are engaged in global health research and/or clinical training related to immigrant, refugee, and aboriginal/indigenous populations, in Canada and abroad. Support may include funds for travel, housing, research, and/or clinical experiences. Preference will be given to projects of merit and projects with cross-disciplinary perspectives as well as faculty support. Value: Varies.
Established in 2015 by Paul Frazer, BA 1970, to provide support for two graduate students in the Masters of Public Health program in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, who are completing the practicum in under-resourced areas of the world. Spring. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs, and the Director of the MScPH program.
As of 2020, the Frazer award is part of the Global Health Scholars Graduate program.
Established in 2018, Ashukin, which means bridge in different Indigenous languages, was created to establish partnerships and to foster relationships with different Indigenous communities in Quebec enabling nursing students to work with Indigenous communities. Through Ashukin, the Ingram School of Nursing attempts to respond to the TRC Call to Action #23 by addressing the 6 core competencies of the framework for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nursing. Additionally working and learning in different environments assists students in accomplishing the CASN Entry to Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies. This funding opportunity has the purpose of increasing access for ISoN students to work in Indigenous settings. Ashukin creates opportunities that support reconciliation by breaking barriers, dispelling myths and cultivating understanding through hands-on experiences in Indigenous settings and to create opportunities for mentorship with Indigenous students interested in pursuing nursing studies.
Established by M. Anthony Ashworth MDCM 1961 and family to honour the late Dorothy and William Ashworth of Montreal, the award(s) will support medical students conducting their elective clinical clerkship in remote regions in Canada or in a developing country. As a result of his many trips to the James Bay region, Dr. Ashworth believed that practicing with limited technology made the physician a better clinician. It is hoped that those who benefit from these awards make aid to underserved areas of the world a part of their future responsibility. Awarded by the Faculty Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of the Global Health Program. One-two award(s) will be disbursed in each application round.
Established in 2015 by Michael Shevell, BSc 1980, M.D.,C.M. 1984, in honor of his children's grandmothers, to provide travel support for post-graduate medical residents in either pediatrics or pediatric neurology within the Faculty of Medicine who are pursuing an elective overseas in under- resourced areas in the world, or among underserved populations in Canada or for healthcare professionals involved in a McGill project overseas. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs, the Pediatric Residency Program Directors and the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program Director.
Rolling application--more information here.
Established in 2018 in honour of Dr. Alice Benjamin by family, friends and patients whose lives she touched throughout her career. To provide support for one or more students or trainees who are pursuing an elective or a research project overseas in under-resourced areas of the world. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs. First preference will be given to medical residents. Second preference will be given to all undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine. Value: varies.
Established in 2017 in memory of Freda M. Omaswa, MDCM 2008 by her classmates, family, friends and colleagues. Freda was an inspirational human with an exceptional warmth and sincerity that drove her to always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs to provide travel support for a MDCM student traveling to Africa in order to gain experience in tropical and infectious diseases. Preference will be given to a MDCM student traveling to Uganda. Value: approximately $3,000.
The Dr. Freda Omaswa Travel award was established to honour and perpetuate the legacy of Dr Freda M. Omaswa, who graduated from McGill Med in 2008.
Freda was an accomplished and highly talented scientist, physician and infectious disease specialist. Her vision was the attainment of empowered healthy populations in Uganda, Africa and the world. She succumbed to metastatic colon cancer in 2016, at the age of 33 years.
Even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, Freda remained active in her research, which involved a partnership between the National Institute of Health in the U.S. and UBC. She was working on a malaria vaccine project.
For those adventurous of spirit and generous of heart, with a special interest in traveling to the African continent, this is an opportunity to expand your medical horizons. Freda lived her live with humility and humor, and these characteristics will serve a worthy recipient well.
There may also be opportunity to link with the Freda Omaswa Ssemeganda Health and Education group in Uganda for those who are interested. You may check out their link at: foshefoundation.org.
Established in 2015 by Elaine E.L. Wang, M.D.,C.M. 1977, to provide travel support for M.D.,C.M. students who are pursuing an elective or research project overseas in under-resourced areas in the world. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs. Value: $3,000
Established in 2015 by Gail Carson, BN (McGill) 1965, to provide travel support for one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students enrolled in the Ingram School of Nursing and serving their Clinical Internship in underdeveloped communities. Awarded by the Ingram School of Nursing. Value: 2 awards at $2500.00 One graduate and one Undergraduate
In an increasingly globalized world nursing students benefit from educational opportunities that encourage them to explore their practice outside their usual healthcare environments. Learning to work with under-served populations requires nursing students to challenge their values and beliefs to better understand those of the populations they are caring for. One of the best ways to accomplish this educational objective is to learn and live in a different environment.
The Global and Indigenous Health Nursing Travel Awards are targeted to support McGill nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate level in their efforts to study outside the Montreal area. Priority for these awards will be given to students engaging with under-resourced or under-served populations, including Indigenous populations, students with demonstrated contributions to global health efforts, and those traveling to sites for which travel or living costs are high. Value: Amount: 4-5 awards of $2000 - $2500 each, open to any McGill undergraduate or graduate nursing students in the Global Health Concentration or Ambassador’s program.
Established in 2015 by the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) program and GHP, this award supports McGill medicine residents and fellows pursuing their global health interests through an elective or research project. Any registered McGill University medical resident or fellow (any year, any specialty) in good standing is eligible. While purely clinical electives can be proposed, research-oriented projects will be given preference. The elective or research work must be conducted in a low or middle income country, or among underserved populations in Canada (i.e. Aboriginal populations). Awards will be given for 4 week or 8 week electives or research projects at varying amounts. Awarded by the Faculty Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of the Global Health Program and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education.
Established in 2017 by Sherry Luger, MD CM 1983 and Michael Mikelberg, to provide travel support for Health Sciences students who are pursuing an elective overseas in under-resourced areas in the world, or among underserved populations in Canada. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs. Preference will be given to students traveling to Africa and Rwanda, or indigenous communities in Canada. Value: varies.
The Mary A. Metcalf International Travel Fund is designated to support international research of undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-graduate medical residents within the Faculty of Medicine. Elective, research project or community service program must be at least four weeks. Its intent is to promote the training of health care workers and researchers to combat global health disparities, by supporting students to work with underserved populations in resource limited settings.
The McGill International TB Centre Travel Awards are intended to support trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) in the fields of Tuberculosis and other mycobacterial research. These awards up to $1,500 each are for conference travel to national and international scientific meetings to present the trainee’s own research. Inaugurated in 2015, these awards are co-funded with Global Health Programs and are awarded twice per year.
Established in 2010 by Medicine Class of 1984 to commemorate their 25th reunion, the award(s) will help support the travel and accommodation expenses of one or more senior medical students (year 3 or 4) pursuing an elective overseas in a developing country. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of the Global Health Program. One bursary will be awarded in each application round.
Established in May 2000 by the Class of Medicine 1965 in appreciation of the education they received at McGill. Funds will be used to allow medical students to pursue research or clinical electives overseas. One bursary will be awarded in each application round.
Established in 2015, the Dr. Norman Bethune award is awarded annually to a McGill Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Fellow (Faculty of Medicine) to support travel for research projects or clinical electives in a low-resource (international or northern Canada) setting. Dr. Norman Bethune (a Royal Victoria Hospital physician) was known due to his selfless acts to bring modern medicine to rural China in the midst of the Second Sino-Japanese war. Current students dedicated to making an impact in the global health are encouraged to apply for this prestigious award.
This award will not be offered in 2019-2020
About Dr. Norman Bethune
Dr. Norman Bethune received his medical degree in 1916 and began catering to the poor right away. In April 1928, Dr. Bethune started working in tuberculosis treatment in Montreal, where he would research and experiment on current surgical instruments. If he found discrepancies in the current instruments, he would invent new ones. In 1936 Dr. Bethune left for Spain where he organized the world’s first mobile blood transfusion unit. He then left for China in 1938 where he treated multiple injured civilians and soldiers during the Sino-Japanese war. Once again Dr. Norman Bethune put together a mobile unit to head to the front lines and help the people most in need. Chairman Mao Zedong was astonished and impressed by Dr. Bethune’s selfless nature, therefore enforcing all Chinese medical students for generations to come to memorize the eulogy he wrote for Dr. Bethune upon his passing. Dr. Bethune was affiliated to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, where a special performance was done in the presence of the Peking Opera Company due to Dr. Bethune’s increased stature amongst the Chinese people.
The Osler Medical Aid Foundation awards are intended to support undergraduate medical students conducting service-learning or clinical electives in underserved communities both in Canada and overseas for a minimum duration of 4 weeks. Two scholarships of up to $1000 will be available in each application round, to support travel and accommodation expenses. In keeping with OMAF’s heritage as a student-driven scholarship initiative, a medical student will be included on the selection committee for these awards.
To recognize students in the professional Physical or Occupational Therapy Programs who demonstrate commitment to global health, and who are pursuing their interests in global health through a clinical practicum in a Low or Middle Income Country, or amongst an underserved population in Canada (e.g. many Aboriginal communities). The Global Health Travel Awards were established in 2015 through funding from the McGill Faculty of Medicine’s Global Health Programs and a donation from the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy Alumni Fund. They are awarded to three Physical or Occupational Therapy students to support expenses related to participating in a clinical practicum in a low or middle-income country, or with an underserved population in Canada, as part of their professional Master’s degree at SPOT.
This award is for a project that has ALREADY been completed. Established in October 2006 by Dr. Alice Chan‐Yip, M.D., C.M. 1962,in memory of her late parents, the prize is awarded annually by the Faculty of Medicine Scholarship Committee to a medical student who participates in a Canadian multicultural or international elective, research project or community service experience of at least four weeks. The prize (up to $1000) will be awarded to the student who presents the best project demonstrating an understanding of the contribution of social and cultural factors to health.