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Application Form: Water Security as a Foundation for Healthy Communities and Sustainable Livelihoods Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships for Advanced Scholars (QES-AS)

Thank you for your interest in the WaSH QES-AS program. 

Applications will open March 27th, 2018 and the deadline for application is April 30th, 2018. Scholars must plan to complete their commitments no later than August 31st, 2020.

If you require assistance or would like more information please contact the QES Administrators at qeapply@mcmaster.ca.

A complete application package consists of:

1. Anticipated Dates of Travel

2. Letter of Application

3. Declaration of Eligibilty Form

4. Curriculum Vitae

5. 3 Letters of Reference from academic or business references.

Please remember to save your application periodically.

In conjunction with the University of Waterloo, McMaster University has acquired funding to support four Ugandan and three Canadian Early Career Researcher (ECR) / Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) short term (3 month) exchanges between Canada and Uganda.

McMaster University, in partnership with Uganda Christian University (UCU), is operationalising the drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) for maternal health aspect of the overall initiative in East Africa, with a focus on Uganda. The following themes have been identified through a needs assessment activity between McMaster and UCU:

1)      The impact of scarce WaSH resources on maternal health;

2)      Strengthening the evidence of linkages between poor WaSH and violence against women;

3)      To develop a strategy to strengthen the knowledgebase of academics in LMICs in relation to water and maternal health, including for example, library resources and e-learning, monitoring and evaluation; and,

4)      To understand and develop reciprocal standards and practices for human subjects’ research ethics clearance(non-biomedical) between UCU and McMaster that adhere to relevant national standards.

It is anticipated that Early Career Researcher awards, in particular, will be paired between Canada and Uganda to maximise research opportunities and partnership engagement. Current placement partners (NGOs) include H2O 4 All (Canada), Save the Mothers (Canada), and Save the Mothers (East Africa). However, partnerships may be expanded depending on the particular interests of successful QES-AS applicants.

Applicant Information
Please provide the requested information below.
(This question is mandatory)
Name:
(This question is mandatory)
Institutional Affiliation:
(This question is mandatory)
Preferred Dates of Travel:

Please enter your expected or preferred dates of travel. These are only tentative dates to assist with planning. Dates are subject to change.

Note: Successful candidates must be on the ground in their host countries for 90 days, excluding travel days.

Application materials
Please upload your Application Letter. Maximum 3 pages.

The application letter (maximum 3 pages) should include the following:

  1. An introduction to yourself, your experience, and why you are interested in becoming a QES-AS (250 words).
  2. Identification of the research theme that you are interested in pursuing and why it is important to you and your career development (350 words):
    1. The impact of scarce WaSH resources on maternal health.
    2. Strengthening the evidence of linkages between poor WaSH and violence against women.
    3. To develop a strategy to strengthen the knowledgebase of academics in LMICs in relation to water and maternal health, including for example, library resources and e-learning, monitoring and evaluation.
    4. To understand and develop reciprocal standards and practices for human subjects’ research ethics clearance (non-biomedical) between UCU and McMaster that adhere to relevant national standards.
  3. A description of the product that you envision creating as a result of your research (500 words).
  4. How would you envision working with a partner organisation and is there a specific organisation that would be able to utilise this work (350 words)?
  5. Is there anything else that you think is important for us to know (150 words)?
Please upload your signed Declaration of Eligibility Form.
The Declaration of Eligibilty form can be found here: https://macdrive.mcmaster.ca/f/58aa1b0a559c4e9990a5/?dl=1
Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Maximum 4 pages.
Please upload a list of three (3) academic and/or professional references. 

For each of your three (3) academic and/or professional references please include the following information:

Name

Position

Institutional Affiliation

Postal Address

Email Address

Telephone Number

Note: Personal reference will not be accepted.

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