What is GHR-CAPS?
The Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening Program (GHR-CAPS) is an initiative of four universities (Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University and Université Laval) that is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN) and the Global Health Research Initiative.
The aim of the GHR-CAPS Program is to contribute to the national and international development of global health research by recruiting and training researchers who will work in a high-calibre interdisciplinary environment and whose research will contribute to improving knowledge in their field. GHR-CAPS provides a varied interuniversity platform for training in global health that includes courses, seminars, short-term internships, and an annual summer school.
This Program, the first of its kind in Canada, builds upon the partners’ combined strengths in global health development. GHR-CAPS brings together: (i) a group of prominent researchers who serve as mentors and who represent a broad variety of global health research fields; (ii) unique research environments situated in four major universities which provide exceptional settings for supporting emerging researchers and for integrating good research practices and knowledge transfer, especially through their Teasdale-Corti research teams and their partners in the South; (iii) a unique provincial network of researchers who are mobilized and supported by the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN).
What is global health?
Global health is a field of study, research and practice that is focused on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people of the world (Koplan et al. 2009 – The Lancet). Thus, global health covers a broad spectrum of themes that are transnational in scope.
For whom is this bursary intended?
This bursary is for candidates currently living in Sub-Saharan Africa, who completed their PhD less than five years ago and who wish to orient their research toward the field of global health.
The aim of the bursary is to allow African postdoctoral fellows to develop and initiate a program of research activities (research, publications, dissemination) in global health. GHR-CAPS focuses on the development of transversal competencies essential to the pursuing of an autonomous career of researcher in the field of global health. The postdoctoral fellowship will have to be realised in an academic or research unit in a university participating in the Program. Fellows are supervised by at least one of the program's mentors affiliated with one of the four participating universities. Fellows are strongly encouraged to associate an African mentor of their choice. Special attention is given to the integration of the candidate in existing research groups or teams and to the development of links with practice environments.