McMaster University

Interdisciplinary Global Health Field Course:
Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco

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Finances

This section will help you plan for the financial side of the Morocco program and is comprised of:

A Financial Worksheet

This helps you to create an overall budget for yourself. What are the total costs for the program for you, what are the things to consider?

Scholarships that Apply to the program

McMaster University offers an array of scholarships and grants to undergraduate students for: Travel Abroad, Experiential Learning, Language Study, and Study or Volunteering Outside Canada.

We have compiled a list here of these internal fellowships for you with due dates, and AMS (Allied Medical Services) also offers the Hannah Student Fellowships.

OSAP

Students enrolled in the Morocco field course can apply for funding from OSAP to assist with the expenses of the program. Students Financial Aid & Scholarships offer drop-in counselling Monday to Friday from 9-11:30 and 1-4:00 pm. The Awards Officer is on duty every Monday morning to assist with scholarship questions and concerns.

  • Financial Worksheet — How much does it cost?
  • Grants that apply
  • OSAP
  • How to Pay?

Financial Worksheet — How much does it cost?

Here is a quick spreadsheet to help you budget for your participation in the Morocco program—all the expenses to consider.  Here is an example of a sample budget:

Description Cost
Morocco Program Fee $6700.00 dollars
McMaster University Tuition Fees (approximately 700 dollars per 3 credit course) $1400.00 dollars
Textbook for Morocco Program (predeparture component) $100.00 dollars
Travel Health Insurance (prices can vary—this estimate is HIGH, based on Blue Cross International Travel Insurance for 4 weeks in Morocco.  You may be covered under your parents’ insurance) $113.00 dollars
Spending Money (You will want at least $50 dollars for minutes on your Moroccan cell phone, and perhaps $250 dollars in emergency funds for contingencies.  Many students bring much more, to buy gifts, carpets, jewelry or souvenirs.) $300.00 dollars
Total $8613.00 dollars

Grants that apply

Scholarships that YOU could be eligible for to help finance Morocco 2016!

Start applying ASAP as the deadlines for most scholarships are Feb. 28th, 2016. Applications for the Hannah Summer Studentship are due Feb. 19th, 2016.

  • For McMaster Scholarships, go to MOSAIC >> Student Center >> Financial Aid >> Aid by Application for details and application procedures.
  • For Hannah Summer Studentship, visit Hannah Summer Studentship.

List of all grants and fellowships that can apply:

G. Alexander Scholarships (Humanities Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$5,500
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities entering final year, studying outside Canada

Deadline:February 28

Description: A variable number of scholarships to be awarded to students who have completed Level I and an additional 30 - 75 units on the basis of excellence in an Honours program in the Faculty of Humanities. The purpose of the scholarships is to enable the recipients to study outside Canada during the twelve months prior to the final Fall/Winter session. Eligible Humanities students must be entering their penultimate year in September.


CIM International Outreach Travel Award (B.H.Sc Health Sciences Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$1,000
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Bachelor of Health Sciences, completing at least level 2, taking Health Science courses in the summer which include travelling and volunteering in underdeveloped, disadvantaged areas outside of Canada

Deadline: February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program who will be taking Health Science courses in the following summer or in the following Fall/Winter session which include travelling and volunteering in underdeveloped, disadvantaged areas outside of Canada. The student must have demonstrated contributions to the betterment of life through special initiatives. Student must be completing at least Level II in April.


Class of ’37 Travel Scholarship (Arts and Science Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$1,300
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Arts and Science completing level 2 or 3, traveling to a developing country

Deadline:February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student who has completed Level I and an additional 30-72 units of an Honours program in the Arts and Science Program. Applicants should have demonstrated a lively interest in developing countries. The purpose of this award is to enable the winner to spend the summer, immediately following its receipt, working and/or studying in a developing country. Eligible Arts & Science students must be completing Level II or III in April.


Discovery of Languages Study Abroad Scholarship (Linguistics, Languages, French Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$2,500
Eligibility:
Undergraduate student in the Department of Linguistics & Languages or the Department of French completing level 2, traveling and studying in a country where English is not the first language (preference to those participating in a formal exchange program)

Deadline: February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student who has completed at least 30 units beyond Level I in a program in the Department of Linguistics & Languages or the Department of French who has attained notable academic standing. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students with travel and study for academic credit during the Fall/Winter session in a country where English is not the first language. Preference given to those who are participating in one of McMaster's formal exchange programs. Eligible students must becompleting Level II in April.


E. T. Salmon Scholarship (Classics and History Students)

Granting Institution:McMaster University
Amount:
$2,000
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Honours Classics or Honours History program entering final year, traveling and studying abroad

Deadline: February 28

Description: To be awarded to the student who has completed Level I and an additional 60 - 75 units of any Honours Classics or Honours History program, including at least 12 units of Ancient History and Archaeology, and who, in the judgment of a committee of the two Departments, shows outstanding achievement and promise. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable the winner to travel and study abroad during the vacation before the final Winter Session, and/or to fund the final year of study at McMaster. Candidates should submit to the committee a statement of their aims and plans for study. Eligible students must be completing Level III in April and entering their final year of study in September.


Drs. Jolie Ringash and Glen Bandiera Renaissance Award

Granting Institution: McMaster University

Amount: Up to $25,000 (as per proposed budget)

Eligibility: University-wide, undergraduate, graduate, professional, MD Students, FHS Programs

Deadline: see Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Website

Description: The award, with its emphasis on experiential learning, is intended to create transformative opportunities for students from all faculties and programs, from undergraduate to graduate and professional. The recipient of the award shall be an individual who wishes to engage in a 4-12 month, self-directed, enrichment experience, outside their chosen program of study, and wishes to explore a project of personal significance that will amplify the recipient’s university experience while engaging in experiential learning at home or abroad. The goal of the award is to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange which may ultimately lead to societal benefit. Each applicant should propose a unique experience outside his/her usual field of study, outline the details of this experience (timeline, budget, supervision, outcomes), and explain why it will enhance the applicant’s future career or societal contribution. Applicant must have full-time status as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at McMaster. The project must take place during the academic career or directly after. Undergraduate applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 units. Undergraduate students must have a minimum Fall/Winter Sessional Average of 10.0 or a cumulative average of 9.5. Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative average of 10.0. Medical students must be in good standing.

Hannah Summer Studentship

Amount: up to $5,500
Eligibility:
undergraduate students registered in a Canadian university

Deadline: February 19th, 2016. Click here to visit the website

Description:This studentship is available toundergraduate students registered in a Canadian universityfor a closely supervised project in the history of medicine. The funds are provided by Associated Medical Services Inc. The studentship is being administered in partnership with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM) which is responsible for adjudicating the applications. It offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history. The grants support research in the history of health, disease, or medicine, broadly defined. The research can be from any geographical area or period. It does not need to be a Canadian topic. The project may form part of an honours thesis, major research paper, or an elective project. The proposed research must have a clearly defined timeline to demonstrate that it is of a size capable of completion during the three-month period of the studentship. The applicant must be registered in a recognized undergraduate program at a Canadian university at the time of application.


Jennifer J. Dunn Scholarship (Geography and Earth Sciences Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$2,500
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in an Honours B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences completing at least level 2

Deadline:February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student who has completed at least Level II in an Honours B.Sc. program in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences and who is pursuing experiential learning in geology through volunteerism, internship, and/or travel and study. Student must demonstrate a strong potential in geology. Eligible students must be completing Level II in April.


NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Granting Institution: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Administered by McMaster University)
Amount:
minimum value of $5,625
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in the faculty of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Science

Deadline: See NSERC-USRA webpage

Description:Undergraduate StudentResearch Awards (USRA) are intended to stimulate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. They help students to gain research work experience that complements studies in an academic setting. Interestedundergraduate studentsshould apply to the departmentin which their research supervisor is appointed, which may not be the student’s home department. To be eligible toapplyfor an award, a student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and be registered, at the time of application, in a bachelor's degree program at an eligible university.


Student Experience Grants (SEG)

Granting Institution: McMaster University

Amount: Up to $1,500 (as per proposed budget)

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in Social Sciences

Deadline: see Student Experience Grants webpage

Description: Student Experience Grants are designed to provide financial support for student-initiated experiential learning opportunities that allow students to engage in practical applications of theories learned through their Social Sciences education. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, experiential conferences or workshops (attending or presenting at); local, national, and international extra-curricular learning opportunities; and faculty-supervised, non-credit, independent research or fieldwork. To be eligible for a Student Experience Grant, students must be registered in the Faculty of Social Sciences in a degree program, in good academic standing with the university (not on academic probation), in good financial standing with the university (no outstanding financial accounts on the student record), and completing a minimum of 18 units during the current Fall/Winter session. Other students who may be eligible, but are required to pay a $50 administration fee are those who meet the above criteria and are registered in fewer than 18 units in the Fall/Winter session or Arts & Science or Humanities students who are registered in a combined Honours degree program with a Social Sciences discipline. Students may be awarded a Student Experience Grant once per academic year and receive a maximum of two (2) SEGs during his/her academic studies at McMaster.

Susan Vajoczki Legacy Travel Scholarship

Granting Institution:McMaster University
Amount:
$1,000
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Arts and Science, Science, or Social Sciences completing at least level 2

Deadline: February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student who hascompleted at least Level II in any program in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, or the Arts and Science Programand who, in the judgement of the School of Geography & Earth Sciences, has achieved notable academic standing, and is pursuing research in the fields of pedagogy (teaching and learning) or Earth Sciences, who could benefit from travel. Eligible students must be completing at least Level II in April.


T. Russell Wilkins Memorial Scholarship

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$4,600
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Arts and Science, Health Sciences, Science entering final year in September, traveling or studying outside Canada

Deadline: February 28

Description: Two scholarships to be awarded to students in their penultimate level of an Honours program in Arts and Science, Health Sciences or Science who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. In addition, the students should demonstrate a lively interest in the humanities and in the human and social implications of scientific developments. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable the winners to spend the summer before the final Fall/Winter session in travel and study outside Canada. Eligible students must be completing their penultimate year in April and entering their final year of study in September.


The Ronald William Merkel Travel Scholarship (Engineering Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$2,500
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Faculty of Engineering completing at least level 2, pursuing either a study, work, co-op placement, or an international relief or development project outside of North America

Deadline:February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student in the Faculty of Engineering who, in the judgment of a selection committee, demonstrates high academic achievement and is pursuing either a study, work or co-op placement outside of North America or an international relief or development project in an underdeveloped, disadvantaged area outside of North America. Preference to be given to a student involved with Engineers without Borders. Student must be completing at least Level II in April.


Travel Scholarship (Linguistics and Languages Students)

Granting Institution: McMaster University
Amount:
$925
Eligibility:
Undergraduate students in Linguistics and Languages completing at least level 2, traveling and studying abroad (priority to students participating inHumanities Study Elsewhere Program)

Deadline: February 28

Description: To be awarded to a student who has completed at least 30 units beyond Level I in a program in Linguistics and Languages and who, in the judgment of the Department of Linguistics and Languages, has attained notable academic standing. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist with travel expenses to study and travel abroad. Priority will be given to a student participating in the Humanities Study Elsewhere Program. Eligible students must be completing at least Level II in April.


Undergraduate Student Research Awards (Arts and Science)

Granting Institution: McMaster University

Amount: $6,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in Arts and Science, preference to level 2 and 3 students

Deadline: see Arts and Science USRA webpage

Description: The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members. There are 4 awards available to students in the Arts & Science Program, each worth $6,000. This amount is intended to provide for 15 weeks of full-time, research-based activity over the summer term. To be eligible, a student must be a full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Arts & Science Program, be eligible to work in Canada, not have received more than two USRAs during their academic studies at McMaster, and have a CA and SA of at least 8.0. Preference will be given to level 2 and 3 students and students in level 4 of a five-year program.

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (Humanities)

Granting Institution: McMaster University

Amount: $6,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in Humanities, preference to level 2 and 3 students

Description: The McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) provide undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities with an opportunity to receive $6,000 to cover 15 weeks of full-time research-based activity in the summer. The intent is for the research to be student-initiated. To be eligible, students must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Faculty of Humanities, be eligible to work in Canada (International students must provide a hard copy of their work permit), not have received more than two USRAs during their academic studies at McMaster, and have a Cumulative Average of at least 8.0. Preference will be given to level 2 and 3 students and to those who have not previously received a USRA.

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (Social Sciences)

Granting Institution: McMaster University

Amount: $6,500

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in Social Sciences

Deadline: see Social Sciences USRA webpage

Description: Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between faculty members and undergraduate students. The USRAs provide an opportunity to receive $6500 to cover 15 weeks of full-time, student-initiated, research-based activity during the Summer Term. To be eligible for a USRA, a student must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Social Sciences in a degree program, be eligible to work in Canada, have received fewer than two (2) USRAs during his/her academic studies at McMaster. Students registered in the Faculty of Humanities who are registered in a Combined Honours degree program with a Social Sciences discipline will apply to the Faculty in which their supervisor resides. Students registered in the Arts and Science Program are not eligible to apply for the Social Sciences USRA. Students are eligible to apply for a USRA in their graduating year. For graduating students, preference will be given to students who have applied for graduate studies commencing the following September.

 

OSAP

OSAP, or the Ontario Student Assistance Program, can be used to pay for many components of the Interdisciplinary Global Health Field Course:  Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco.

Important information for prospective students for the Morocco program:

You must follow the following steps:

  1. To use OSAP funds for Morocco in 2016, McMaster students must have already applied for OSAP funds for the Fall/Winter term.  If a student has not already applied for the Fall/Winter term, he/she cannot apply for OSAP for the Spring Term 2016, for Morocco.
  2. The final deadline for applying for Fall 2015/Winter 2016 OSAP is February 29, 2016. 
  3. Once a student has applied for OSAP for Fall/Winter, students must apply for an OSAP Extension for the Spring Semester 2016. The OSAP Spring-Summer Extension form will be available on the SFAS website (http://sfas.mcmaster.ca) in March.
  4. The Morocco Program is 6 credits, thus students are considered full-time students for Spring 2016 OSAP.
  5. Visit a counselor in Student Financial Aid & Scholarships today, GH-120 to discuss OSAP for the Spring 2016 Morocco program. Drop-in counselling is available Monday to Friday. For questions about scholarships, the Aid & Awards Officer is available Mondays from 9-11:30 and 1-4:00pm.
  6. Consult with the McMaster Financial Aid Office about your OSAP —when the funds are disbursed, how much, etc.  This program has no involvement with OSAP itself or financial aid.

Links

How to Pay?

1.  Payment Methods for the Morocco Summer Program Fee ($6450 after the 250 deposit).

Due March 22, 2016 (must be on time for participation)

Payment options:

  • (1) Cheque (preferred)
  • (2) Wire transfer
  • (3) Credit card

(1) Cheque

Please make cheque payable to “McMaster University” and turn in to Dr. Amster in Chester New Hall 616.

(2) Wire transfer (note wire fees).

See wire transfer instructions at the below link:

//www.mcmaster.ca/bms/pdf/wire_trans_instructions.pdf

** Need to indicate student name and Morocco Summer Program in the description on the wire transfer when at the bank **

Please notify Heidi van Bodegom (contact details below) of wire date and if in Canadian $ or US $.

(3) Credit card

Please fill out the form from the orientation session and send to Heidi van Bodegom via one of these methods, or you may bring it to her office in HSC-2C4:

Email: vanbode@mcmaster.ca

Fax: 905-522-9507

Heidi will then contact you (the cardholder) to obtain the credit card information (note that this should not be sent by email as it’s not secure).  The card must be valid and the payment must go through no later than March 22.

Please contact Heidi van Bodegom if you have any questions about payments:

905-525-9140 ext. 22665

vanbode@mcmaster.ca

Manager, Finance and Administration

Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B), McMaster University.  Office:  HSC-2C4

2.  Tuition fees to McMaster University (6 credits)

After you have paid the Morocco Program Fee on March 22, 2016, on April 6, 2016 you will be notified that you have permission to register for Spring 2016 on Mosaic.

  • Please register for course credit no later than April 15, 2016
  • Please bring proof of payment to university registrar by April 15, 2016
  • Payment to university registrar is by usual methods