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Spring 2019 Global Health Travel Awards for Postgraduate Medical Residents - Application Form

Applications for the Spring 2019 Global Health Travel Awards for Postgraduate Medical Residents are now closed. Thank you to all those who participated!

Deadline Sunday April 7, 2019, 11:59PM

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.

General Instructions and Eligibility Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. No program cost/fees will be covered. This award will not support ravel for conferences.
  3. Travel cannot be completed before the application deadline for the awards.
  4. Student travel to a country with a DFATD-3 or higher warning is not encouraged and will not be funded by any of these awards. To view the latest travel advisories click here.
  5. Travel Awards are non-transferable to another student or trainee.
  6. Travel Award recipients have twelve months to complete their travel as described in their applications starting from the day they receive their award letter.
  7. If a student or trainee is unable to travel to the destination for which the application was submitted they must contacted 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 (up to 6 additional months considered), used for an elective in another location, or must be declined.
  8. A student or trainee is eligible for only one award from GHP for the same trip.
  9. Award recipients must be 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.

Applicants will automatically be considered for all awards for which they are eligible.

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.

Conditions of the award requirements include the following:

  • A poster presentation of research or activities for which the travel award was given must be presented on Global Health Night (November 2019).
  • A report about your project must be submitted within 6 weeks of your return.

Application: (All documents should be combined into one PDF file)

  • Essay (2-3 pages max)
    • Briefly describe your placement/ research project (e.g. site, timeframe, planned activities). If you are traveling with other residents or faculty from McGill you should mention that.
    • Why are you interested in taking part in this project and how does this project link to your future work?
    • Currently, pre-departure training is not required for McGill residents traveling abroad. Discuss how you are preparing for your travel—both in terms of general safety precautions and also learning related to the norms of your destination site (i.e. culture/religion/politics/clinical practices/etc.).  
    • Differences in work colleague dynamics, research practices, and treatment guidelines are just some of the things you might have to respond to when abroad.  Talk about the ethical impacts that the presence of a resident coming from North America to a low resource setting could have on the local community or site.
  • Budget

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Anticipated cost in CAD





Supplemental Insurance




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Fee charged by host institution


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  • CV

Evaluation criteria:

  1. Degree of self-reflection: The applicant demonstrates thoughtfulness regarding the reasons for their interest in the practicum and what they hope and expect to learn through the experience.
  2. Consideration of ethical implications: The applicant demonstrates a nuanced and sensitive approach to historical, socioeconomic and political considerations related to the project in a global health setting.
  3. Anticipation of potential challenges and plans for preparation: The applicant demonstrates an awareness of potential obstacles and identifies a suitable plan for preparation.
  4. Style of presentation: The application is presented in a way that is logically consistent with the above criteria and uses language that is non-discriminatory. The applicant's essay, budget, and letter(s) of reference are aligned with each other.

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