Don & Elizabeth Hillman International Child Health Grant

The Don & Elizabeth Hillman International Child Health Grant was created by the Global Child & Youth Health Section to promote international health opportunities for residents and fellows.  The section has established four $750 grants that are awarded annuallyto use toward completing a paediatric elective in developing countries.

To share this international experience with others, grant recipients are required to submit a brief written summary of their elective (1-2 pages) within one month of their return. The report will be published on the CPS website in the language of submission and may be included in a future CPS publication.


Candidates will be assessed through a series of questions about the impact of the elective on their personal and professional futures. 

Candidates must:

  • Be registered as a resident or fellow in a Canadian paediatric postgraduate training program.
  • Be a member of the CPS Global Child & Youth Health Section.
  • Have support from a preceptor at the elective site and from the residency program director.
  • Have a preceptor at the elective site willing to formally evaluate the candidate while they are abroad.
  • Demonstrate appropriate preparation in advance of the elective as evidenced by a completed checklist of pre-travel arrangements.
  • Have support from a person who has experience in global health (international health and/or underserviced communities in Canada), and ideally is a current member of the GCYHS (the CPS can be contacted for a list of section members from each academic site if required)

The international elective must:

  • relate to child health,
  • be at least four weeks in length,
  • be in a low or middle income country, unless travel is intended for disaster relief or other work/research related to health in developing countries,
  • be a clinical or research elective.

Applications for courses or conferences will not be accepted.  Priority will be given to applicants who are not receiving funding or payment for their rotation in addition to their regular resident salary.

Unsuccessful applicants for Hillman support must submitted a new proposal for reconsideration.

Past Hillman award recipients are not eligible to re-apply.


Applications must be submitted using the online application form and be received 2 months prior to travel and before the application deadline (March 31 or October 31). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Submissions should include:

  • Confirmation by the elective supervisor at the elective host site (copy of email, word doc or pdf format).

  • Letter from your program director (word or pdf format).

  • Letter from Canadian support coach (word or pdf format).

  • Travel and health insurance documentation.

Past recipients

2016 Fall

Veronique Pépin
Port-de-Paix, Haiti

2016 Fall

Julie Hébert
Sokponta, Benin

2016 Spring

Jolène Breton
Kampala, Ouganda

2016 Spring

Susanna Elizabeth de Klerk
Paarl, South Africa

2015 Fall

Harpreet Gill
Kabale, Uganda

2015 Fall

Emilie Beaulieau
Labrousse, Haiti

Submit your nomination

Last updated: May 18 2017