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 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 of 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.
Established in 2018 in honour of Dr. Alice Benjamin by family, friends and patients whose lives she touched throughout her career. To provide travel support and/or stipends for one or more outstanding students or trainees at McGill University who are pursuing an elective, research project or practicum focusing on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in a low- or middle-income country, in Northern Canada, or amongst underserved communities in Montreal. This award is open to medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The minimum duration of travel/on-site work is 2 weeks. Following completion of travel, in addition to presenting their experience at GHP’s Global Health Night event, the awardee is also required to present at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Grand Rounds. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs. Applicants from residents will also be reviewed by the program director for their respective residency program. Award amount varies.
Established in 2022 by Alice M. Chan-Yip, C.M., MD CM 1962, FRCPC, FAAP, D.Sc. honoris causa 2018. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, upon the recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs and the Director of the School of Population and Global Health, to one or more undergraduate or graduate students in the School. This award may be used to help defray costs related to travel and research for students participating in health-focused emergency or humanitarian relief projects. Preference will be given to students engaging in nutrition or mental health-focused research or intervention through fieldwork.
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 2016 by Dr. Milan Sen, BSc 1994, MDCM 1998, to provide travel support for undergraduate medical students interested in global surgery within the Faculty of Medicine who are pursuing research projects overseas in under resourced areas in the world, or among underserved populations in Canada or U.S.A. (e.g. the Indigenous populations). Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs in consultation with the Centre for Global Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre. Value: Varies.
Established in 2019 by Stephen J. Corber, M.D.,CM 1969 to provide travel and cost of living support to students or trainees enrolled in a degree or residency training program and pursuing a supervised Global Health placement (minimum 12 weeks). Placements should be located in a low- or lower middle-income country and focused on the practice of global health. Research projects are not eligible for this award. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs. Value of the 2024 award: approximately $8,500 CAD.
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.
The fund will provide travel support for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, and healthcare and allied professionals who are pursuing an elective or working on a global maternal & child health project at the University. Travel is expected to take place overseas in under-resourced areas of the world, or among underserved populations in Canada. Value: varies
Established in 2016 by Francine Davis, B Phys Ther 1969, BSc(PT) 1985, and continued by her sons, Stephan Leduc, BA 1996, and Nicolas Leduc in 2021. In memory of, and gratitude, for the support of Jeanne Brun, Gisèle Brun and Tony De Rito. For outstanding undergraduate students at McGill University undertaking a mentored research project including an international component with McGill Global Health Programs, in the area of women’s and girls’ health. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs.
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.
We are not currently accepting applications for the Mary A. Metlcalf International Travel Fund at this time
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.
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. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to support travel and accommodation expenses.
Established in 2019 by Dr. Shan Soe-Lin, BSc 2003, PhD 2009, Dr. Robert Hecht, and Hla Hla Myint Soe-Lin. To provide support for one or more outstanding Master's students in the Faculty of Medicine and conducting research in public health or epidemiology. For students conducting research overseas in low or middle-income countries, or in an indigenous community in Canada. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs.
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.