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provide limited funding for capacity building projects as well as for student and resident global health electives and experiences.    Also listed here are International Funding and Research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty members.

List of Funding Opportunities


McLaughlin Travelling Medical Education Fund

A call for proposals is issued to faculty members in the Cumming School of Medicine.  Funding is available for two grants to a maximum of $10,000 each.  Funds will support faculty-led projects and not individual faculty, staff or students.  Preference will be given to projects that share capacity, involve multiple faculty members, and that integrate learner experiences.  Further information and instructions as well as an Application Form may be downloaded here, or contact Valerie Matwick, Coordinator of Global Health & International Partnerships (  Application process for 2016-2017 is now closed.       

Tom Feasby Graduate Award in Global Health  

We are pleased to provide the updated Terms of Reference, Application Form, and Notice of Intention to Apply for the Tom Feasby Graduate Award in Global Health.  This award is open to candidates accepted into PhD graduate programs in the Cumming School of Medicine.  Candidates must be citizens of low or middle-income countries.  Preference will be given to applicants from countries in which the Cumming School of Medicine has ongoing involvement (e.g. Ethiopia, Guyana, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, Tanzania and Uganda).  Successful applicants must be conducting research related to Global Health. 

The focus of this award is to train potential leaders from low or middle-income countries who make a commitment to return to their home institutions to improve the education, research and teaching capacity of that institution. 

Successful students from Tanzania and Uganda who have already been funded by this award are: 

  • Eveline Konje, Community Health Sciences
  • Elias Charles Nyanza, Community Health Sciences
  • Eleanor Turyakira, Community Health Sciences
  • Peter Rambau, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Jeremiah Seni, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

These PhD graduate students are part of a Co-tutelle program that provides them with degrees both from the University of Calgary and their home institutions.  They spend part of their time at the University of Calgary and the remainder at their home institutions.

Group photo                                          elias                

     From the left Jeremiah, Eveline, Eleanor and Peter                                                                                 Elias

Mr. Elias Charles Nyanza, one of our Feasby scholars received a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to continue his research in mining and health in artisanal and small scale gold mining communities in Tanzania ( 

Dr. Deborah Dewey is Global Health’s Special Advisor for the Tom Feasby Graduate Award and Valerie Matwick is the Coordinator.  They provide a welcoming base for these students as they adjust to the climate, culture and life as a graduate student at the University of Calgary. 

Sincere thanks to the family, friends and colleagues of Tom Feasby who generously donated to this funding initiative.  To be sustainable this fund needs further donations.  Anyone interested in donating is asked to contact the office of Fund Development at the Cumming School of Medicine. 

Dr. D. Grant Gall Award in Global Health, Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine:

For 2016 this award is designed to encourage undergraduate students to engage in research with a One Health/Global Health focus.  One Health/Global Health seeks to improve the health of a population by considering inequities that result in poor human and related animal health.  Applications may be made by undergraduate students in the Cumming School of Medicine or the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, or by a team of two students (one from each faculty) who will work together on a project.  Two awards available of up to $5,000 each, or at the discretion of the Selection Committee..  Application process for 2017-8 now closed.   See attached for further details and the Application form.   

Global Health Education:  

Medical Trainee Fund:

1.  Medical Student Electives

Funding available for medical students to pursue summer electives or clerkship opportunities in LMICs (low or middle-income) countries.  Further details, click on Education Tab; Electives sidebar, or this header.  Application process for summer 2015 now closed.      

New Funding Opportunity for International Elective Experiences:  The University of Calgary's Eyes High Strategy calls on every Faculty to strengthen our global reach.  The new International Strategic Plan sets a target that directs us to create opportunities that will enable at least 50% of all UofC students to engage in an international educational experience.  Global Health & International Partnerships (GHIP) in the Cumming School of Medicine satisfies part of this mandate by offering Global Health elective funding to medical students who will be engaged in training with vulnerable or resource constrained populations outside Canada.  In addition to these awards, the GHIP office will offer 15 additional awards of $750 each in summer of 2015 to enable medical students to undertake international electives in a wide variety of settings.  These experiences may be either clinical or research electives anywhere outside Canada.  Anyone interested in applying for this funding must complete an application form and submit it to the GHIP office.  Application process for summer of 2017 is closed.  Contact Valerie Matwick ( for more information and/or an application form.   Download forms from Education Tab - Electives - Forms. 

2.  Post-graduate medical electives 

Awards of $2500 each are available from the Office of Global Health & International Partnerships for travel to be completed before March 31, 2018.  For international electives within a low or middle-income country.  Check Information and Instructions and Application Form (PGME Residents) for further details.  The new funding year begins on April 1, 2017 for travel to be completed before March 31, 2018. 

3.  Undergraduate Science Research

Summer research positions are available to Bachelor of Health Sciences Students in Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Nicaragua.  Click here for more information.  

Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) in Health & Wellness.  Interested in Summer Research?  $6000 studentships available.  Students from all faculties welcome to apply.  Research must be in the area of Health and Wellness. The Markin USRP offers 30 studentships of $6000 to students from all faculties.   It's a fantastic way to get hands-on experience in health and wellness research, under the mentorship of University investigators.  It also looks better on a resume than "painted houses."  For application forms or more information:, 403-220-2278. 

4.   Graduate Student Research 

Awards of $2500 each are available for travel to be completed before March 31, 2018.  MSc and PhD students in the Cumming School of Medicine.  For international research experience within a low or middle-income country.  Some restrictions apply.  Check Information and Instructions and Application Form (Graduate Student Research) for further details.   The new year begins on April 1, 2017 for travel to be completed before March 31, 2018. 

5.  Conference funding for students and residents to present research at international conferences 

Awards of $1000 each are available for travel to be completed before March 31, 2018.  Open to medical students, graduate students and post-graduate medical residents in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  Presentation must be on a global health topic relating to under-served or vulnerable populations in international low or middle-income settings.  Check Information and Instructions and Application Form (Conference Grant) for further details.  

Funding for Supervisors and Sponsors of International Students from Low and Middle Income Countries:

There are two primary purposes for this award.  The first is to facilitate sponsors to bring potential graduate students to the University of Calgary to facilitate the identification of a supervisor and committee members for graduate studies in the Faculty of Medicine.  The second is to facilitate supervisors of said students to travel to the student's home country to provide on-the-ground supervision and support for the student's research.  Up to 5 awards of $3,000 each are available per year.  Applications are accepted March 1, July 1 and November 1.   Contact Valerie Matwick for further information -

Haiti Earthquake Relief

In response to the disaster in Haiti in 2010, the Dean of Medicine provided funding to assist medical doctors on staff in the Cumming School of Medicine who volunteered their services in Haiti. This fund came to a close in the Spring of 2014.  There is new funding provided by the Medical Trainee Fund to help medical residents who wish to volunteer their time in Haiti.  Typically our medical residents travel with medical teams from Broken Earth (based in Newfoundland) or Project Medishare in Miami. 

Applications are administered through the Global Health & International Partnerships Office.    Medical residents  who are interested in volunteering must complete and submit an application form (click here).  For further information contact Valerie Matwick, e-mail:


Haiti family

Haiti family

Photo credit:  Melissa Paquette


Other Funding Opportunities:

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH)  Committee on Global Health (ACGH) Student/Post-Doc Travel Awards, Application deadline - April 12, 2017  

Eligibility requirements: Eligibility is limited to graduate students, medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows who are conducting global health research and actively participating in advocacy, program implementation or networking efforts for global health. The award recipients will present their research either orally or as a poster during the Annual Meeting.  Award: Complimentary registration for 66th Annual Meeting (November 5-9, 2017) and up to $750 USD cash award.

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grant recipients announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This program funds early-stage discovery, awarding initial grants of US $100,000.  Some of the funded projects are highlighted in their slide show and blog.  Go to the website for more details:  They will begin accepting applications for the next round of GCE funding starting in March 2016. 

Grand Challenges Canada: A Family of Grant Programs Fostering Innovation to Solve Key Global Health and Development Problems

Annual Report 2015-2016

In this year's Annual Report, explore Grand Challenges Canada's highlights from 2015-2016, including details of lives saved and improved (the primary indicators of success), the policies influenced and the knowledge generated from the supports innovations.  Read about their programs, including featured innovations making a big impact in global health.  Read the full Annual Report:

You can follow the organization Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Linkedin.

Global Health Innovation Group on LINKEDIN

Grand Challenges Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, collaborators in the Grand Challenges family of grant progrms, have joined together to develop the Global Health Innovation group on Linkedin.  This group is a platform and discussion forum to meet fellow researchers and innovators.  To join, all you need is a Linkedin account.  It is hoped that this group will provide a forum for grantees and people interested in global health and global health innovation to share experiences, and to even collaborate on future grant applications.  For questions on how to use Linkedin or how to join the group, contact Sadia Rafiquiddin of GrantBook, the organization maintaining and growing this discussion group. 

Grand Challenges Canada refreshes its online Proposal Development Resource

The on-line Proposal Development Resource, launched in early 2012 to help build capacity in grant planning and writing, especially among researchers in low- and middle-income countries, has new functionality and improved content.  It is specifically designed to help develop and communicate plans for scaling innovations.  Increasingly, global health funders are looking for researchers to demonstrate how an innovation could be scaled up to the larger community so that it gets to the people who would benefit.  The Resource offers general advice that is applicable to grant writing beyond the specific funding programs of Grand Challenges Canada.  The aim is to help researchers and innovators from around the world develop effective proposals to secure funding for their bold ideas in global health.  For further information, please visit:

Grand Challenges Canada Welcomes Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Saving Brains Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has joined the Saving Brains initiative by launching the Grand Challenges Exploration topic "Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development."  This Grand Challenges aims to unlock the potential of children by developing and scaling up products, services and policies that protect and nurture early brain development in an equitable and sustainable manner, thereby providing an exit strategy from poverty. 

Saving Brains, which focuses on child development, complements Canada's strong commitment to women and children's health through leadership of the Muskoka Initiative.  Mrs. Laureen Harper is the Honorary Chair of the Saving Brains program.  To date, Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, has extended almost $28 million CAD to 46 projects in the program.  These investments include the development of metrics to measure results.   For more information on the Gates Foundation check:

Competition Open for Canadians:  Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program, 2017-2018

Canadian academics, students and professionals can now apply for scholarships for studies, research, and Chinese language training in China.

Program name: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

·         Funding organizations: Global Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China

·         Target audiences: Canadian students (college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada); Canadian faculty members and research              staff at a post-secondary institution in Canada; Canadian mid-career professionals

·         Number of scholarships: Over 20

·         Duration: 4 to 12 months for students; and 8 weeks to 12 months for faculty members and mid-career professionals

·         Inclusions: Airfare, tuition fees, monthly living allowance, housing, medical insurance, and teaching and research materials

·         Deadline: March 6, 2017

For full program details and to submit an online application, visit: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program.  

All inquiries regarding this scholarship program should be directed to: