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McMaster Health Forum | Queen Elizabeth Scholarships


Applications for all outgoing and incoming scholarships are now closed. Keep an eye on the McMaster Health Forum’s website for future QES opportunities.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars will have the opportunity to contribute to strengthening health systems in any of 20 Commonwealth countries – ranging from Australia to Zambia – where we, and our partners, have robust relationships focused on health-system strengthening. Scholars will become part of our large and growing network of health-system leaders. Scholarships are available to:

  • outgoing interns (McMaster undergraduate or graduate students) – seven to eight students per year to undertake internships in Commonwealth countries other than Canada (applications now closed);
  • outgoing scholars (McMaster graduate students) – five students per year to do field research in Commonwealth countries other than Canada (applications now closed); and
  • incoming scholars (students from Commonwealth countries other than Canada pursuing a graduate degree at McMaster) – four students per year to pursue graduate training at McMaster (applications now closed).

Eligible McMaster programs from which applicants can be drawn include the Health Policy PhD program, Health Research Methodology M.Sc. or PhD program, Master of Public Health program, Global Health M.Sc. program, eHealth M.Sc. program, and B.H.Sc program (outgoing interns only). All scholars/interns must be under 35 years of age when they apply. All outgoing scholars/interns must be Canadian citizens and all incoming scholars must be citizens of a Commonwealth country other than Canada.

When and how to apply for QES

Applications for all outgoing and incoming scholarships are now closed. Keep an eye on the McMaster Health Forum’s website for future QES opportunities.

Incoming Scholar Opportunity for Students from Commonwealth Countries

The McMaster Health Forum is offering 10 international graduate students the opportunity to study at McMaster University and learn about effective ways to strengthen health systems and contribute to their graduate degree.

There are two options available to international graduate students:

Option 1: QES Visiting Graduate Researcher
Students registered in either a master’s or doctoral program outside of Canada will have the opportunity to enhance their research skills through courses, workshops and the exchange of ideas with other graduate students under the guidance of faculty affiliated with the McMaster Health Forum. The work completed while with the McMaster Health Forum must be transferred to your home institution and be formally recognized as contributing to your graduate degree (e.g., as a course credit). It is up to each student to ensure the work will be recognized by their home institution. 

Option 2: QES Visiting Graduate Student
Students registered in a doctoral program outside of Canada will be registered to take a course in McMaster University’s Health Policy PhD program. Upon completion of the course at McMaster each student will receive a McMaster University graduate course credit (Health Policy 798) which they can then transfer to their home institution. It is up to each student to ensure that the credit earned at McMaster can be transferred to their home institution.

This opportunity for international students will occur during the 2018 Spring/Summer Term (Monday 30 April to Friday 3 August). It will involve a combination of online work throughout the entire period and in-person work during the month of June 2018. 

To be eligible all incoming scholars must:

  • be pursuing academic credit on a full-time basis towards a master’s or PhD degree; 
  • be 35 years of age or under at time of application; and
  • be a non-Canadian Commonwealth country citizen (anyone who has applied for Canadian citizenship or for permanent residency is not eligible).

The curriculum will include:

  • an understanding of the Canadian health system, with a specific focus on the Ontario health system and frameworks that can be used to understand how this and other health systems work
  • How to find and use research evidence to inform decision-making in health systems and organizations
  • How to set agendas and develop and implement policies
  • How the McMaster Health Forum applies such knowledge and skills to support health-system policymakers and stakeholders
  • How to improve leadership and networking skills
  • Interaction with Canadian graduate students studying in the field of health policy 

Expenses covered by the scholarship include:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Visa and insurance 
  • Tuition
  • A copy of the book Ontario’s health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers (print or ebook)

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 (including Health Systems Evidence, Health Systems Learning, and at least one of the rapid response, stakeholder dialogues or citizen panels programs) for at least one semester (either virtually or face-to-face), and a bi-weekly seminar and other ad hoc events (e.g., CHEPA seminar, Polinomics and Labelle Lecture) for at least one semester (either virtually or face-to-face);
  • support mentoring that involves both alumni (or in the early years of the program, individuals with similar experiences) 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); and
  • 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; and
  • 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 from 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’; and
  • participate actively in mentoring and networking as an alumni of the program.

Specific expectations:

  • the funding is for 12 months and all scholars are expected to engage with the Forum throughout those 12 months;
  • for all outgoing scholars and 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 be involved with at least one deliberative dialogue (expectation of two to three hours per week);
  • all scholars can expect to complete one Forum project to add value to the Forum and to QES;
  • all scholars can expect to complete at least one presentation; and
  • 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.

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