Application Details

Recruitment for this program is currently open. Deadline to apply is March 3, 2019.

Language and Health: Facilitating Access to Health Care for Linguistic Minorities

In collaboration with the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project (TRHP) the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) is recruiting up to 5 graduate students for the Language and Health student program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The research component of the TRHP brings together a network of researchers investigating health care access for linguistic minorities (HCALM- Network). This research is part of a growing movement worldwide to understand patient- practitioner communication and its impact on health care delivery.

The Language and Health student program provides a unique opportunity to bring together the expertise of the HCALM-Network community on access to health care and the IHSP’s focus on policy with the goal of supporting young researchers who hope to make a difference in their communities. The purpose of this partnership is:

1. To encourage new and innovative research on facilitating access to health care for English-speaking minorities in Quebec by providing support to students not currently affiliated with the TRHP through mentorship, training and funding.

2. To equip students interested in access to health care for linguistic minorities with skills and tools to connect with other researchers and the broader community through training on health systems and policy making/knowledge translation.

We are launching a call for proposals for innovative research projects whose focus is to investigate the relationship between language and access to health or social services. Recipients will meet to discuss their research and strategies for translating research to policy. The total amount for this funding envelope is $20,000, to be equally divided among up to 5 awardees. Students who receive this funding will be required to write an 8-10 page report for the IHSP outlining key findings and plans for sharing their research with relevant stakeholders.

Research themes include but are not limited to the following:

· Economics of language in healthcare

· Cultural and linguistic competency

· Health or social inequalities

· Health geography and spatial statistics

· Retention of health professionals in remote or rural communities

· Second-language instruction for healthcare/social service professionals

Proposals must:

· focus on access to health care for English-speaking minorities in Quebec

· include a detailed plan of action and expected deliverables

· demonstrate a clear methodological approach

· touch on impact (how will findings make a difference on the ground)

· be innovative

Students can propose a study on any of the aforementioned research themes including comparative studies. In addition, proposals for studies aiming to measure the cost of language barriers in Quebec's health and social services system are encouraged.

Research proposals are due no later than March 3, 2019. The IHSP will communicate its decision of selected proposals no later than early May. An agreement will be sent to selected candidates and will define roles and responsibilities, payment schedule and reporting template.

Please do not hesitate to contact Yael Peled, Program Manager, for any additional information you might need.



Eligibility Criteria

The principal applicant must be a full-time student registered with a Quebec University for the 2019-2020 academic year. Student are required to attend meetings in Montreal once per term, and a travel stipend will be offered to candidates who must travel to attend meetings.

Evaluation of Proposals

The evaluation of research proposals will be conducted by the Student Affairs Administrator at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the HCALM-Network Postdoctoral Fellow, and a scientific committee that will include the TRHP Principal Investigator.  Proposals will be evaluated based on:

·         Compatibility with the L&H program objectives

·         Quality of the proposal

·         Clarity of the objectives

·         Feasibility of the timeline and objectives

·         Innovation

·         Potential for community implications and/or future research

·         Ethical considerations

·         Research environment/supervision

·         Academic merit

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to studentadmin.ihsp [at] by March 3, 2019.

·         a proposal following the guidelines below

·         proof of enrollment at a Quebec institution

·         a scanned copy of your most recent transcript

·         a letter of recommendation supporting your work, emailed directly from your referee

Proposals should be between 3 and 10 pages in length.  Scanned copies of official transcripts are preferred. All documents may be submitted in either English or French. Note that the majority of activities will take place in English.

Guidelines for Proposal:

Each proposal should include all of the following components (use headings provided where applicable)

Cover page including:

·         Project title

·         Your name and contact information

·         Your institution, supervisor(s) name(s), department, and year of study (e.g. PhD3, MSc1, U3) as of September 2019

1.       Project Summary

· Summary   must   include:   project   title,   project   objectives,   hypotheses,   research methodology and data sets on which they can be tested (where applicable).

2.       Project Timeline

· A timeline of your planned research activities over the course of the academic year and/or project, including anticipated deliverables.

3.       Description of compatibility

· Describe  how  your  research  project  connects  to  the  Language  and  Health  student program’s objectives.

· Note that one of the key goals of this fellowship is to encourage innovation for the HCALM- Network. If you are already associated with HCALM-Network you must also indicate how your research is both new (not already funded by HCALM-Network), and innovative (not currently being researched by the HCALM-Network).

4.       Ethical considerations

· If you are working with human subjects you will need ethics approval. Please describe the steps you will take or have taken to obtain approval, or why your research does not need ethics approval.

5.       Community Implications and Further Research

· Describe how your work could have an impact on linguistic minorities and/or health care professionals. In addition, explain the significance of your work for further research, theory and practice.

6.       Conflict of Interest Disclosure

· Please disclose any potential conflicts of interests. If there are no conflicts, please indicate “No potential conflict of interest to declare.”

7.       Please declare any funding you expect to receive for the 2019-2020 academic year.

·         Note that it is your responsibility to ensure that any payment received for this internship does not conflict with other funding.

8.       Award Contact Information

· Non-McGill applicants must provide the contact information for the office responsible for inter-institution award transfers.

The Institute for Health and Social Policy is committed to equity and diversity in recruitment. We highly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, people of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and those who are the first generation of their family to attend postsecondary studies.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like this to be considered for equity recruitment.


The Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities Network (HCALM-Network) is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional community of researchers that is part of a growing movement worldwide to understand patient-practitioner communication and its impact on the delivery of health care and social services. In particular, the network investigates communication between patients and health professionals, where the health professional has to use a second language and where this poses a potential language barrier that may compromise equitable access to health care. HCALM- Network is administered by the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project whose objective is to render health and social services more accessible to English-speaking Quebeckers for whom potential language barriers exist.

The objectives of the HCALM-Network are to:

· Understand the ways in which access to health care or social services by linguistic minorities may be limited by linguistic and cultural barriers.

· Identify and develop strategies through which identified barriers may be overcome or reduced.

· Increase dissemination and adoption of knowledge, strategies or best practices which can address the health concerns of minority language communities.

· Expand this emerging field of study.

This activity is funded by Health Canada and administered by the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project. 

For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Helen Ogundeji, the IHSP’s Student Affairs Administrator by studentadmin.ihsp [at] (subject: Language%20and%20Health) (Email).

Those with questions regarding the program are also welcomed to contact yael.peled [at] (Dr. Yael Peled), the HCALM-Network Research Associate.