The “Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World" Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program provides interdisciplinary training at the interface between medical genomics and quantitative biology to a new generation of Canadian and Commonwealth scientists. The project includes world-leading universities and leverages major investments in research and health infrastructures in 6 Commonwealth nations on 3 continents.
The program which runs for 2015-2019 provides stipend and tuition for 6 overseas students from the Commonwealth during the first three years of their training in a Ph.D. programme at McGill University. It will support 18 Canadian McGill students to train for up to 1 year in partner laboratories. A community of QEII scholars will be supported through events organized at McGill. We will establish links to other QEII projects for an annual national meeting, and hold an international QEII symposium. All 6 incoming student fellowships have been awarded, but there are still opportunities for Canadian students wanting to study abroad.
This project's genomics and quantitative biology training program is well aligned to international research and public health agendas. Not only will we produce highly skilled researchers who will bring their expertise back to their home countries, we will strengthen international networking of researchers who are committed to increase the benefit of scientific research for unmet health needs. In addition to contributing to equity and collaboration in training and research, the project provides an extraordinary opportunity to address critical ethical, policy, scientific, and pedagogical needs of all the partner nations. By bringing students from the Commonwealth together around these themes and providing them exposure to different academic environments, it is intended that the QEII project will have a profound and lasting impact on global scholarship and health.
It builds upon a long-term partnership of scientists and educators at the McGill University and Genome Québec Innovation Centre (MUGQIC) and the University of Oxford, and links to the Kenya Medical research Institute (KEMRI), the Uganda Virus Research Institute and MRC Unit, the Noguchi Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana and the Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. It is anticipated that other Commonwealth partners will join.
Please see the downloadable pdf documents on the right for detailed information on the program and the application process.