Promoting International Community-University Partnerships in Global and Indigenous Health
The University of Manitoba is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program: Promoting International Community-University Partnerships in Global and Indigenous Health. This scholarship program will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to conduct a 3-12 month international internship in research or a professional fieldwork placement, as well as receive other training opportunities, networking opportunities and mentorship.
Populations from lower-income countries and global indigenous populations experience a disproportionate burden of disease. Although there are different health issues, there are significant similarities. Lessons learned from diverse settings can enrich and improve policies and programs globally. The opportunity to conduct research and training in a different geographical context will strengthen individual capacity to become global leaders in health research.
Health is a broadly constructed, multi-disciplinary field that includes basic science, clinical science and social science. We invite undergraduate, professional and graduate University student applications from any discipline with a health-centered internship project to apply.
Objectives and Project Components
This program aims to provide Manitoba students (see definition below) and international students with an international research experience that is grounded in community partnership. The program will provide applicants with the tools they need to be successful with their career and to become leaders in indigenous and global health scholarship.
Graduate Scholars will be required to participate in an online 1.5 credit hour course: Community Engagement and Program Science to be offered in February/ March and September/October each year. Undergraduate interns are required to complete the non-credit online short course, Community Engagement and Program Science.
Scholars/Interns will complete a 3-12-month international internship in another Commonwealth country. This is an extremely exciting opportunity. International training experiences are often the highlight of university experiences for those who have the opportunity to complete such a training opportunity. The internship will be designed with the scholar and his/her mentor at the international location to ensure that the training meets the needs and interests of both the community partner and the scholar/intern. It is a chance to both expand research and practical skills and to make a meaningful contribution within an international environment. Note, this training opportunity may be used towards data collection for thesis work, fieldwork placement or may be a stand-alone training opportunity.
Environment and Mentorship
The internship environment is dependent largely upon the location and type of project being conducted. Every successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage within the local community, to learn about the unique cultural environment in which they are working in and to expand their network of engaged scholarship.
Every scholar will have the opportunity to engage and learn from community organizations as well as academic research institutes. Successful applicants will be able to see research in practice, application of skills in practice, and to be part of units working towards ongoing positive global change.
There is a list of potential mentors on our website that is being updated regularly. Applicants are invited to contact a mentor from our contact list. In exceptional cases, a mentor who is not on the list, but has health-related projects of interest to the scholar/intern and conducts research within a Commonwealth setting may be considered.
Applicants are required to contact mentors independently prior to the application process, as mentors need to be involved in the creation of a project proposal to be included with this application. If a scholar needs help finding a mentor, she/he can e-mail us at QES@umanitoba.ca or phone 001-204-789-3250.
In addition to high quality mentorship, a fantastic learning opportunity, networking opportunities and ongoing academic support, successful applicants will receive funds in the amount of up to $6 000 CDN towards international travel and living expenses.