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FAQs about the Global Child Health Fellowship program

How long is the Global Child Health (GCH) Fellowship program?

The GCH Fellowship is a two-year program. Fellows begin their training at the beginning of July, approximately 1.5 years after they first submit their application. For example, successful candidates who apply in January 2017, will begin their fellowship in July 2019.

What is the curriculum like? 

The GCH Fellowship Program is designed to train an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows. The curriculum involves several key components including mentorship, a scholarly project, ethics training, and didactic seminar sessions. While international travel is not a mandatory part of our curriculum, pending project needs, travelling abroad to study field-sites may be required.

Mentorship: Fellows are paired with a primary supervisor who provide mentorship and guidance throughout the course of the two-year training program in the area of the fellow’s scholarly project (see below for more information regarding the selection of a primary supervisor). Fellows are also matched with a committee of three to four faculty members or senior staff at  SickKids Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) who have expertise in the topic area of the fellow’s scholarly project. Fellows meet with their committee on a quarterly basis and receive research and professional development advice at each of these meeting. Moreover, an evaluation form of the fellow’s progress is completed at the end of each committee meeting.

Scholarly Project: Fellows are required to play a leadership role on an academic project within either the Centre’s research or sustainable capacity building pillars. In addition to working closely with their primary supervisor, fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of C-GCH during their project.

Ethics Training: Fellows will receive ethics training specific to global health, research, and GCH ethics. Training is designed to better equip fellows to manage ethical challenges that they may encounter through fieldwork or other activities related to their scholarly project or training.

Didactics Seminars in GCH: Fellows are expected to attend the Centre’s weekly seminar series in global child health. 

Field Experiences: While not mandatory, many fellows will participate in an international field experience related to their scholarly project.

How will I spend my time during the fellowship?

Fellows who have a clinical background (i.e., MD, RN, or other allied health professionals) and have a license to practice in Canada will spend approximately 80% of their time (4 days per week) working towards the completion of their scholarly project. Activities during this time may include attending supervisor or committee meetings, working on research-based or sustainable capacity building projects, or attending seminars and other learning sessions at the C-GCH. The remaining 20% of their time should be spend working clinically to ensure that they maintain their clinical acumen. Securing a clinical placement is the responsibility of the fellow. Fellows who either a) do not have a clinical background (i.e., PhD) or b) are clinicians but do not have a license to practice medicine in Canada, will spend 100% of their time (5 days per week) working towards the completion of their scholarly project.

How much time will I spend on research?

All fellows must complete a scholarly project during the course of the two-year program. Scholarly projects may include work in either research or capacity building through education. Fellows will also gain exposure to advocacy work and other research and capacity building initiatives at the C-GCH that are unrelated to their scholarly project.

How do I choose a supervisor? 

We match fellows with supervisors from the C-GCH based on an alignment in the fellow’s research and/or capacity building interests and project availability. Specifically, we match fellows with a primary supervisor who has similar research/capacity building interests to the candidate as well as an available and funded project.

Does my supervisor have to be from SickKids?

Yes, all fellows must be matched with a primary supervisor who is affiliated with the C-GCH. Fellows may receive input related to their project from other mentors at an external institution; however, primary supervisors must be based at SickKids.