McMaster Health Forum | Queen Elizabeth Scholarships

Interested in joining our network of emerging health- and social-system leaders as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar? Learn more about who is eligible, when and how to apply, what funding is available and what Scholars can expect.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for an outgoing internship you must, at the time of the internship, be:

  1. enrolled at McMaster University as
    1. a full-time graduate student (priority for 2023) in the Health Policy PhD program, Health Research Methodology MSc or PhD program, Master of Public Health program, Global Health MSc program, or eHealth MSc program OR
    2. a full-time undergraduate student in third or fourth year in either the Bachelor of Health Science program or Arts and Science program
  2. 35 years of age or under at the time of application
  3. a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

To be eligible for an incoming internship you must be:

  1. enrolled at McMaster University as a full-time graduate student in the Health Policy PhD program, Health Research Methodology M.Sc. or PhD program, Master of Public Health program, Global Health M.Sc. program, or eHealth M.Sc. program
  2. 35 years of age or under at the time of application
  3. a citizen of one of the eligible countries

When and how to apply

Applicants for an outgoing internship may apply at any time. The application deadline for 2023 internships is Monday 21 November 2022 at 12:00pm. This is the last opportunity to apply to this program. 

Those interested in an incoming scholarship may apply at any time. All applications will be reviewed and assessed as they are received. It is encouraged that applicants to the incoming scholarship should already have been admitted to one of the eligible McMaster University graduate programs before they apply to the scholarship.

To apply, download the appropriate PDF and follow the instructions.

>> QES Outgoing Scholar application

>> QES Incoming Scholar application

Funds available

Outgoing interns will engage in an international internship of at least 90 days in length. They will receive up to $6,000 to help cover their expenses.

Incoming scholars will receive funds to help cover expenses during their time in Canada studying at McMaster University. Eligible expenses include:

  • academic expenses (tuition, supplies, and research and conference expenses);
  • living expenses (food, accommodation, health insurance, and an installation allowance); and/or
  • travel expenses that are directly related to the scholarship (international return airfare, local transport in Canada from/to the airport if required, visa costs, etc.).

What successful QES candidates can expect

The Forum will:

  • offer financial support
  • provide training through an orientation session (face-to-face), engagement in the McMaster Health Forum and Forum+ (including its Health Systems Evidence and Social Systems Evidence resources, our Learn How programs, and at least one of the rapid response, stakeholder dialogue or citizen panel programs) for at least one semester (either virtually or face-to-face), and a bi-weekly seminar and other ad hoc events (e.g., Polinomics and Labelle Lecture) for at least one semester (either virtually or face-to-face)
  • support mentoring that involves both alumni and community leaders
  • enable networking that includes community-engagement activities, peer support from current and past scholars, and social media channels, including the QEScholars Tagboard (which uses the hashtag #QEScholars)
  • work with participating educational programs to obtain course credit where possible.

In doing so, the Forum will embrace the following principles:

  • encouragement of experimentation among Queen Elizabeth Scholars
  • engagement of partners in setting priorities for their own needs, establishing terms of reference for field research and internships that can help to address those needs, periodic assessments of scholars’ contributions, and de-briefs after each period in the country
  • use of regular formative evaluation and periodic summative evaluation, particularly for training

Queen Elizabeth Scholars will:

  • participate actively in all training, mentoring and networking opportunities, either face-to-face or online, as well as in all evaluations of such opportunities, during their period as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar
  • provide appropriate receipts for all travel-related financial support requested by the program
  • adhere to all reporting requirements, including tracking all additional travel-related expenses that they cover themselves or through other means (which is required for the Forum’s reporting)
  • identify opportunities for experimentation in the program and lead the development and evaluation of any ‘experiments’
  • participate actively in mentoring and networking as an alumni of the program

Specific expectations:

  • the funding is for 12 months (even though the duration of internships are shorter) and all scholars are expected to engage with the Forum throughout those 12 months
  • for all outgoing interns, this includes at least one semester prior to going abroad and one semester after returning from going abroad
  • all scholars are expected to commit no more than five hours per week to the Forum over the course of the scholarship
  • all scholars can expect to complete one Forum project to add value to the Forum and to the QES program
  • all scholars can expect to complete at least one presentation
  • all scholars should try to participate in as many Forum events as possible


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

Gain insights from our Queen Elizabeth Scholars by watching live or recorded webinars, or connect with our previous Scholars in Strengthening Health Systems or our current Scholars in Strengthening Health and Social Systems.

Follow @McMasterForum on Twitter for insights and updates from the McMaster Health Forum (using #QEScholars).

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