Common Threads through the Commonwealth

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program

Quick facts | Program Description | Current Scholars

Recruitment for this program has closed. Thank you!


What is the focus of the program?

Exploring innovative and promising approaches to address key challenges to health, well-being and equity through international scholarship and internship opportunities across the Commonwealth.

Who is it for?

  • Canadian students: McGill advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and are under the age of 35.
  • International students: Students from a Commonwealth country (especially low-resource settings) and are under the age of 35 and are nominated by a McGill department or CTC partner for the 2015 competition
  • Full eligbility details are listed here

What do students do?

  • Both International and Canadian students meet in the Fall semester to complete the Leadership Development Program.  Alumni are invited to attend knowledge sharing seminars in future Fall terms.
  • Canadian Interns are paired with CTC-QES Internship Partner Organizations in Commonwealth countries to complete internships in the Winter or Summer semesters (minimum 90 days overseas) that focus on innovative and promising approaches to address key challenges to health, well-being and equity.
  • Canadian Scholars apply to study at CTC-QES Visiting Scholar Partners, and spend 3 to 6 months in the Winter or Summer semesters.
  • International scholars study at McGill for 1 to 3 years, and participate in community engagement activities facilitated by the IHSP.
  • All students are involved in the Innovation Learning Network throughout the program.

Where does it take place?

  • Training in the fall takes place at McGill.  Internships and Scholarships for Canadian students take place in Commonwealth countries. International scholars spend the duration of their award in Canada.

How much is the award?

  • $6000 for Canadian Students
  • Tuition and living expenses for international scholars

How many awards are available?

  • 5 internships for Canadian students per year (15 in total)
  • 4-5 scholarships for Canadian students per year (13 in total)
  • 1-2 per year: 3-5 international scholarships total between Sept 2015 and Dec 2018

Program Description

The Common Threads through the Commonwealth Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (CTC-QES Program) is an opportunity for student leaders who understand global challenges and are prepared to innovate and engage across disciplines and sectors to address key issues and find solutions. Through an Innovation Learning Network and in-depth Leadership Development Program, IHSP CTC-QE Scholars will generate new knowledge on initiatives and strategies that work and will engage with local community partners, policy-makers, and partner organizations across the Commonwealth in sharing innovative approaches and ideas for future research, policy and practice.

Each fall, 9-10 Canadian students, and 1-3 International students will take part in a Leadership Development Program made up of training seminars for outgoing students, and knowledge sharing between students from all cohorts. In the spring and summer, scholars will interact through bi-monthly on-line discussions, monthly webinars and Common Threads through the Commonwealth learning conferences as part of the “Innovative Learning Network.” McGill Scholars and interns travel to Commonwealth countries in the Winter or Summer to conduct research on health, well-being or equity, or to work as interns with our partner organizations.  International students study at McGill for a period of 1 to 3 years. All students’ time abroad will focus on exploring innovative and promising approaches to address key challenges to health, well-being and equity.

Partners

Common Threads through the Commonwealth involves over a dozen partner institutions across the Commonwealth including universities, NGOs, community organizations, foundations, and UN agencies. These partners will provide internship, study and community engagement opportunities for McGill scholarship recipients and recruit scholars to study at McGill. They will also be active leaders and contributors to the program’s Innovation Learning Forum, bringing students, faculty, policymakers and practitioners together in a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral reflection on innovative strategies to address key challenges across the Commonwealth.

Themes for Sustained Impact

The IHSP’s mission is to promote research, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral reflection for health, well-being and equity in Canada and globally. Themes for reflection and learning for IHSP CTC-QE Scholars will include:

·         existing and promising new forms of governance and structures;

·         role and potential of citizen involvement and agency;

·         equity and diversity;

·         working across disciplines and sectors; and

·         moving ideas and evidence to change

All scholarship and internship opportunities focus on these themes. The McGill-IHSP CTC-QES Program contributes to the Institute’s on-going cross-disciplinary research and reflection on the impact of social factors and policies on health, equity and well-being globally and its commitment to training future leaders in moving evidence to policy and action.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

 


Current International Scholars

Jamal Archer (2016)

Hello, I am Mr. Jamal Jason Archer a citizen of The Bahamas, I am deeply moved and thankful to be an honored recipient of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) Program, Common Threads through the Commonwealth, which is administered by the Institute for Health and Social Policy. This scholarship is an important indication of how generosity through goodwill and scholarships can further unite the global village. I have been admitted into the MSc (Bioethics specialization) in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Daniel Weinstock and Dr. Nicholas King. My research will be exploring whether physician bias is de facto medical malpractice subsequent to disparities in hospital ward mortality rates. This research is concerned with bias treatment of lower-socioeconomic patients on public wards.

My academic journey began at the Princess Margaret Hospital in public pharmacy where I worked faithfully for ten years. Throughout this period, I became a board-certified pharmacy technician with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in Washington DC. In addition, I went on to the National Pharmacy Technician Association in Houston Texas and attained certification in chemotherapy drug preparations, compounding drugs, and sterile drug preparations. Throughout the course of my development in the pharmacy, I soon became inspired by trade unionism and advocacy, and later went on to study Law and Criminal Justice at The College of The Bahamas. With a rising desire to understand the people and patients I serviced, I continued pursuit of higher learning and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill. Now a graduate student at McGill University, I intend to further my academic expansion inspired by the desire to broaden the reach of healthcare within the Caribbean region. I have confidence that the Family Medicine program with a concentration in Bioethics will launch me into a career path that is guided by improving the quality of care that is owed to individuals and the public at large.  Therefore, I am obliged for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) Program, and very proud to be regarded as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar.

To God be the glory.

Shinjini Mondal (2016)

Program: PhD in Family Medicine

Patricia Elung'ata (2015)

Patricia Elung’ata is a Phd candidate at the Department of Sociology.  Under the mentorship of Professor Shelley Clarke she will look at the role of Social and Economic Determinants of Health across the global south. She completed a Master of Public Health at University of Pretoria, South Africa and worked for 7 years as a data manager in population health research under the Network of Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in Africa and Asia (INDEPTH).  As a CTQES scholar she is interested in innovative models for reducing health inequalities as such her doctoral research will investigate the use of mobile phone technologies to reduce maternal and child health inequalities in Kenya

Oduro Oppong-Nkrumah (2015)

Oduro Oppong-Nkrumah is in the first year of his PhD in Epidemiology at the department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health where, under the mentorship of Professors Jay Kaufman and Arijit Nandi, he will be applying multilevel methods to the evaluation of health interventions in low-income settings. Before coming to McGill, he worked as a physician in a rural hospital in Ghana in West Africa for 6 years and completed a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. The CTC QES program presents a unique opportunity to develop his leadership capacity, and professional and personal relationships which will be invaluable to his future work in improving healthcare delivery in Ghana.

Current Canadian Scholars

Zainab Doleeb

Zainab Doleeb is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying International Development. She will be interning at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. While there, she will be conducting research on social determinants of women’s health such as attitudes towards violence or land rights. For the latter, she will look at the impact of legislative action towards expanding property rights for women and the outcome in reducing violence.

Juliana Fanous

Juliana Fanous is pursuing a Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management through the department of Bioresource Engineering. Her academic focus is on the ecological, social, and political determinants of human and ecosystem health, as well as the policy implications of environmental research. She is looking forward to investigating the relationship between water and health at the Institute of Hazard, Risk, and Resilience at Durham University. 

 

 

Mary Helmer-Smith

Mary Helmer-Smith is a final year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Psychology. She is thrilled to be participating in an internship with the OPTIMISE Partnership Project in Melbourne, Australia. This project is focused on developing a model of refugee primary health care that can be implemented across Australia. She was drawn to this project due to the collaborative nature of it and the focus on providing equitable, consistent, and high-quality care to refugees. She is looking forward to developing her research skills and contributing to the significant remodelling of refugee health care in Australia.

 

Zinia Li

Hello! My name is Zinia Li and I am interning with the IMPACT project at Monash University through the McGill IHSP CTC-QE scholarship program. My tasks here will consist of assisting staff and PhD students here in project evaluation of the IMPACT intervention that aims at providing access to primary care to vulnerable communities in South-Eastern Melbourne, as well as taking on personal research projects. Coming from a background of sociology, anthropology, and social studies of medicine, my interests include helping marginalized and minority populations achieve greater health equity and well-being – with I believe aligns very well with IMPACT’s goals and objectives. I hope to gain from the internship a greater understanding of the Australian (vis-à-vis the Canadian) context of care and accessibility.

Jonathan Lopez

Jonathan Lopez is a third year student pursuing a Joint Honours degree in International Development Studies and Political Science and a Minor in Social Entrepreneurship. During the summer of 2015, Jonathan interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Quito, Ecuador. This experience has motivated him to continue working for the well being of refugees. Becoming a Queen Elizabeth Scholar, he will intern at OPTIMISE in Melbourne, Australia where he will work closely with health and social sector partners to generate a model of integrated refugee primary health care suitable for implementation through Australia.  

 

 

Ga Eun Lee

Ga Eun Lee has recently completed her first year in the Master of Science in Public Health program. Her primary research interests are global health and health care systems, most particularly maternal health and strengthening primary health care. She was drawn to intern at the African Population and Health Research Center because of its commitment to policy engagement and evidence-based research. During her internship, she will be working on a pilot mHealth study that aims to enhance community health volunteers' effectiveness in reducing maternal complications and newborn deaths in the informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Julia Kryluk

Internship with The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Kyle Wiebe

Internship with UN Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya.