Student travel bursary for BC course on Principles

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We are proud to announce a multi-institutional hybrid course built on the CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research open to universities in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba through the Western Deans Agreement. This is a tangible outcome from continued collaboration among global health researchers following the 2017 British Columbia Coalition Institute, and we wish to recognize the efforts of all who volunteered their time to make this possible!

The Practical Knowledge and Skills for Working in Global Health course (SPPH 581K DL) will be offered from May 6 to June 20, 2019 as part of the summer term of the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (graduate student credit course). This course is intended to introduce students to important practical knowledge, skills and attitudes required in the field of global health, covering planning delivery, evaluation and sustainability of projects and programs in low and middle-income countries.

This blended course will feature one 3-day face-to-face session (May 24-26) where experienced global health practitioners will provide practical insight and relate valuable lessons learned in the field, supplemented with in-class exercises to apply the knowledge learned and small group discussions to apply the concepts to the participants’ projects. There will also be five online interaction sessions: one before the in-person session, as an introduction and orientation, and four after which format will be adapted to students’ needs (e.g. whole class webinar, class on-line chats and/or separate small group online interactions focused on the projects being developed).

Learning goals and objectives

Knowledge, skills and attitudes in the following areas will be delineated and discussed:

  • Multi-scalar understanding of global health issues – micro (individual), meso (organizational) and macro level (societal level): (CCGHR principle: addressing root causes of inequities)
  • Ethical issues (including CCGHR principle: inclusion)
  • Scale up and sustainability (including CCGHR principle: commitment to the future) Community engagement (including CCGHR principles: shared benefits and authentic partnerships)
  • Cultural sensitivity, diplomacy, advocacy (including CCGHR principle: humility)
  • Drafting proposals in response to “requests for proposals” (RFPs), funding and budgets, logic models and evaluation

It is expected that the course will serve to strengthen a local “community of practice” in global health, providing access of students to faculty members across the universities in British Columbia.

Applying for travel bursary

The CCGHR will be offering one partial travel bursary for an eligible member to assist with attending this year’s in-person segment of the course. Priority will be given to out-of-province student members registered at one of the universities that are part of the Western Dean’s Agreement to cover the cost of transportation to and from Vancouver, up to $450. Please note that successful applicants will be responsible for full course registration (free, opens March 1st) and will need to cover their own accommodation at UBC ($49-145/night) and meals.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be paying CCGHR student members at the time of application ($35/year). To become a member or renew >
  • Preference will be given to graduate students from: 1) Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; 2) British Columbia but who live far from Vancouver
  • Preference will be given to graduate students who have demonstrated sustained interest in the main themes covered by the course
  • Applicants must agree to produce a deliverable (either a blog, multimedia piece, etc) that summarizes their reflections on and learnings from this experience.

Submit your application online to be considered for funding support. Application deadline: February 27. To allow sufficient time to register for the course and make travel arrangements, the review team will provide applicants with a decision on their application by February 28 at 9:00 pm EST. Note that only successful applicants will be contacted. If you have further questions: sypn@ccghr.ca.

Course registration 

Registration opens March 1, 2019 and will be limited to 25 students. There is no course fee for registered UBC students and students of other universities that are part of the Western Deans Agreement. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Prince Adu.