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Fellowships and student opportunities

Exceptional training to prepare the next generation of leaders in global child health.

We’re committed to training and educating the next generation of leaders in global child health, offering a number of programs and fellowships for aspiring students and fellows.

Check out the opportunities currently available at SickKids, as well as eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and more.

  1. Student opportunities
  2. Fellowship opportunities
  3. Grants
  4. Free online courses

Student opportunities

Every summer, we welcome students looking to develop their knowledge and skills in global child health. 

We currently accept students through several existing summer research programs. Please visit each program’s website for more information about eligibility criteria, application requirements, and deadlines. 

Individuals interested in volunteer opportunities, please visit the SickKids volunteering page.


Fellowship opportunities

The Global Child Health (GCH) Fellowship program is an exceptional training program that serves to develop leadership and scholarly skills in addressing the health of children and their families in low- and middle-income countries.

The fellowship includes several key curricular components, including mentorship and a scholarly project focused on either research or sustainable capacity building through education. Through this program, we aim to train the next generation of leaders within the field of global child health.

Applicants should be looking to start a challenging two-year fellowship program. This interdisciplinary program will be accepting applicants from a variety of clinical, research, and other related professional backgrounds (e.g., medicine and surgery, laboratory sciences, nursing, allied health, PhD epidemiology, etc.)

The Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recruiting fellows for the Global Child Health Fellowship training program.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 fellowship cohort. Stay tuned for the call for applications for the 2025 fellowship cohort!

Questions can be directed to the Global Child Health Fellowship Program Committee at cgch.fellowship@sickkids.ca

The Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) and the Garron Family Cancer Centre (GFCC) at The Hospital for Sick Children are recruiting a fellow for the Global Oncology Fellowship training program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 fellowship cycle!

The Global Oncology Fellowship is a new and unique training program that serves to develop the leadership and scholarly skills of participating fellows with the aim of improving the outcomes of children with cancer and their families in low- and middle-income countries.

Applicants should be looking to start a challenging two-year academic fellowship program. This interdisciplinary program will be accepting applicants from a variety of clinical, research, and other related professional backgrounds (e.g., medicine and surgery, laboratory sciences, nursing, allied health, epidemiology, etc.)

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT July 15, 2024

Please review the following documents for eligibility requirements, more information and instructions on how to apply:
Fellowship Call (PDF)
Application Instructions (PDF)
Application Form (.docx)
Global Oncology Fellowship FAQs (PDF)

GCH Fellowship FAQs

The GCH Fellowship is designed as a 2-year program. In exceptional circumstances, the program may consider fellowships of a shorter duration (no less than 1 year).

Clinical applicants are expected to have a professional degree (e.g., MD, MBBS, nursing, etc.) and to have completed either a postgraduate degree (e.g. MPH, M.Sc. Epidemiology, or related discipline), or have significant scholarly experience within one of the following focus areas: research or capacity building through education.

Non-clinical applicants must have a doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Nutritional Sciences, or related discipline and are expected to have demonstrated exemplary scholarship (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, etc.).

Any candidate, clinical or non- clinical, needs to have shown significant interest and exemplary scholarship in global child health.

The GCH Fellowship Program is designed to train an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows. The curriculum involves several key components including mentorship, a scholarly project, 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 will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the course of the 2-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 between 3 to 4 faculty members, senior staff, or other experts at the Centre for Global Child Health and other institutions who have expertise in the topic area of the fellow’s scholarly project. Fellows typically meet with their committee on a quarterly basis and receive research and professional development advice at each of these meetings. 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 one or more academic projects 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 the Centre for Global Child Health during their project(s).
  • Didactic Seminars in GCH: Fellows are expected to attend the Centre’s weekly seminar series in global child health. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their work to colleagues periodically, to identify and invite other speakers to participate in the series, and to coordinate and moderate seminar sessions.
  • Field Experiences: While not mandatory, fellows may participate in research or capacity building activities in the field, related to their scholarly project.

Fellows who have a clinical background (i.e., MD, RN, or other allied health professionals) and have a license to practice in Canada will typically spend approximately 80% of their time (equivalent to 4 days per week) working towards the completion of their scholarly project(s). 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 Centre for Global Child Health. The remaining 20% of their time will generally be spent working clinically to ensure that they maintain their clinical acumen. Securing a clinical placement is the responsibility of the fellow, but the fellowship program may be able to assist in identifying an appropriate clinical placement at SickKids.

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 or choose to focus 100% on research/capacity building activities will spend 100% of their time (5 days per week) working towards the completion of their scholarly project.

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 CGCH that are unrelated to their scholarly project.

We match fellows with supervisors from the Centre for Global Child Health 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.

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

Start dates for successful applicants are flexible and will be determined by the Fellow in discussion with their Fellowship Supervisor and Fellowship Program Director. 

The fellowship program is a full-time commitment, so it is strongly recommended that applicants focus 100% on their fellowship. If an applicant is pursuing a degree that allows protected time for research and few to no course-based requirements, the fellowship candidate may discuss this option with the Fellowship Program Director.

Yes. Please note that it is the Fellow’s responsibility to ensure all Canadian immigration requirements are fulfilled. Fellows are expected to be based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the duration of their fellowship.

Current and past fellows

Dr. Michael Prodanuk

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Dr. Michael Prodanuk

Dr. Michael Prodanuk MD, DTM&H, FRCPC, FAAP (pronouns: he/him) is a paediatric infectious diseases physician with a passion for improving clinical care and producing impactful research for childhood infections. He completed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan followed by a paediatrics residency and paediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Michael holds a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine through the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Michael is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation within University of Toronto´s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is also an Executive Committee Member-In-Training of the Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC), a paediatric infectious diseases research network which conducts multi-centre projects across Canada and beyond.

Given his special interest in childhood tuberculosis (TB), Michael´s fellowship research projects will focus on improving TB diagnostics in the paediatric population. TB diagnosis in children can be challenging given the difficulty in obtaining adequate sputum samples in infants and toddlers, as well as the relatively low number of bacteria present in this age group. For these reasons, new diagnostic modalities, such a biomarkers, are an area of active research. Michael´s work will investigate the use of certain blood biomarkers for the diagnosis of TB in a cohort of Tanzanian patients. In addition, he is conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of blood biomarkers for the diagnosis of TB in children. He hopes this work will improve the diagnostic landscape for children with TB.


Dr. Paulo Augusto Neves

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Dr. Paulo Augusto Neves

Dr. Paulo Neves completed his BSc in Nutrition in 2008 and earned an MSc in Human Nutrition in 2013 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a PhD degree in Public Health Nutrition (2015-2018) from the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil. During his doctorate studies, he worked on a birth cohort study in the Western Brazilian Amazon aimed to identify early life factors that can affect optimal child nutrition, growth, and development in under 2-y children. In 2018, he joined the team of the International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, which analyzes data of several nationally-representative surveys conducted in low- and middle-income countries aimed at reducing health inequalities. Additionally, he conducted several analyses on the global breastfeeding situation for the next Lancet Breastfeeding Series (expected 2022). 

2024

  • Ovokeraye Oduaran
    Country of Origin: South Africa 
    Fellowship Stream: Global Child Health Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Roth

2023

  • Michelle Dimitris
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Global Child Health Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

  • Hillary Ganek
    Country of Origin: USA
    Fellowship Stream: Global Child Health Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

  • Doris Gonzalez
    Country of Origin: Colombia
    Fellowship Stream: Global Child Health Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

  • Sam Brophy-Williams 
    Country of Origin: Australia
    Fellowship Stream: Global Child Health Fellowship
    Supervisor: Brian Smith

2022

  • Scarlett Puebla-Barragan
    Country of Origin: Mexico
    Fellowship Stream: Microbiome and Growth Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Roth

2021

  • Laura Vresk
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Robert Bandsma

  • Kun Tang
    Country of Origin: China
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

2020

  • Fiona Muttalib
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta
  • Eric Ohuma
    Country of Origin: Kenya
    Fellowship Stream: Child Growth and Development Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Roth
  • Karen O'Callaghan
    Country of Origin: Ireland
    Fellowship Stream: Child Growth and Development Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Roth

2019

  • Ashley Aimone
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Child Growth and Development Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Roth
  • Tessa Clemens
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Stanley Zlotkin
  • Jessica Duby
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Shaun Morris
  • Farah Sheikh
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Margaret Manley 
  • Debbie Thompson
    Country of Origin: Jamaica
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Stanley Zlotkin

2018

  • Barbara Couper
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Stanley Zlotkin
  • Natasha Lelijveld
    Country of Origin: England
    Fellowship Stream: Child Growth and Development Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Roth

2017

  • Hasan Merali
    Country of Origin: Canada
    Fellowship Stream: Academic Fellowship
    Supervisor: Dr. Stanley Zlotkin

Grants

Global Child Health Catalyst Grant

The 2024 Global Child Health Catalyst Grant competition has now closed. Stay tuned for the 2025 competition details!

The Global Child Health Catalyst Grant aims to support innovations that benefit children and their families in resource constrained settings. 

‘Innovation’ can be expressed in many areas, including scientific, technical, social, management, and implementation. We’ll fund up to two awards, up to $25,000 CAD each. We’re looking for high quality proposals that impactfully moves global child health forward. 

External applicants are welcomed but the principal applicant must be a SickKids staff member, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow (a staff appointment is not required).

For more information, please refer to the Global Child Health Catalyst Grant Guidelines (PDF) and FAQs (PDF)

Learn more about past Catalyst Grant awardees (PDF).

Get in touch with us at global.catalyst@sickkids.ca for any questions or other inquiries. 


Free online courses in global child health and public health nutrition

In order to increase the availability of training to health-care providers worldwide, the Centre developed and designed the SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course and the SickKids Global Child Health Course. By leveraging the expertise and global networks of SickKids, these free online courses provide participants with exposure to key issues in global child health and public health nutrition. Our vision is to increase availability of training to healthcare workers worldwide, while equipping course participants with the knowledge to address global child health challenges specifically in resource-poor settings.

Follow the links below to start the online courses today!

SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course (SPHNC)

The SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course (SPHNC) bridges the gap between science evidence and policy with a focus on capacity development for those who want to bring about change in low-and-middle-income countries.  

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Learn more and register for the SPHNC course


SickKids Global Child Health Course (SGCHC)

The SickKids Global Child Health Course (SGCHC), an open access e-learning resource, aims to expose students and health workers to key issues in global child health, especially from a low-income setting perspective.  

Learn more and register for the SGCHC course


More from the Centre for Global Child Health

About the Centre for Global Child Health

The Centre for Global Child Health connects researchers and health-care professionals around the world to improve the lives of children and their families in resource-poor environments

Capacity Building

Our capacity building projects focus on collaborative and sustainable paediatric health workforce training and education programs.

Knowledge Synthesis, Translation and Advocacy

Centre initiatives, partnerships and networks are focused on the translation and management of knowledge to impact child health policy.

Research

Learn how leading child health experts are addressing global challenges through collaborative, innovative research.

Contact us

For questions or more information about the Centre, please email us at globalchild.health@sickkids.ca, or follow us on Twitter @SickKidsGlobal and LinkedIn.

Mailing Address

Centre for Global Child Health 
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) 
525 University Avenue, Suite 702 
Toronto, ON, M5G 2L3 

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