OCCUPATIONAL therapy scholarship Opportunities
for University of Gondar Faculty Members
As part of the University of Gondar/Queen’s University Mastercard Foundation project, the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy’s International Centre for the Advancement of Community-Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) is accepting applications for four or five exceptional faculty leaders from the University of Gondar (UoG) to complete an MSc in Occupational Therapy (OT) at Queen’s. This scholarship would begin in May, 2018 and run through to August, 2020. The overall goal of this training is to create leaders at UoG who will work with Queen’s faculty members to develop a new, undergraduate-level curriculum in Occupational Therapy at the University of Gondar, which is expected to enroll its first class in 2022.
Visit the Queen’s Occupational Therapy Program website for more detailed descriptions of the program and its curriculum.
- Applicants should be licensed clinicians with a Bachelor degree from a recognized university in one of the following fields of study:
- Social Work or Social Welfare
- Health Officer
- Other relevant profession
- An applicant’s cumulative GPA should be ≥ 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants must be willing to join the OT Department of UoG upon completion of their training at Queen’s University in Canada. and must repay the scholarship if they are unable to provide at least two years’ continuous service to UoG.
- Applicants must not have a criminal record or outstanding charges.
- Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate documented proof of the following immunizations: two-step tuberculin skin test status, varicella serological status and immunization history for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, tetanus and hepatitis B. Other immunizations may be required prior to placements in Africa, depending on the region.
- Communication is essential to succeed in the OT program at Queen’s. Applicants must have exceptional English test scores. Preference will be given to applicants who have already taken a recognized English test and have met the minimum scores (see: http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/prospective-students/preparing-graduate-studies for recognized tests and minimum scores)
- Applicants are expected to attend an intensive summer institute in English in the summer of 2018 before entering the program.
Note: Scholarship funds are in Canadian dollars
The scholarship includes:
- Three round trip, return flights and airport transfers from Gondar (or other African placement site) to Kingston, Ontario, Canada over the two year period, to allow for travel to Africa for all three clinical placements
- Assistance with student visa-related costs
- Full Queen’s tuition/fees
- Student health insurance coverage
- A laptop computer
- An annual allotment for printing, books, and supplies ($700 CDN total)
- An intensive, three-month English for Graduate School Preparation course, in summer 2018 (before the commencement of fall 2018 MScOT courses)
- Modest, one-time installation allowance ($600 CDN)
- Modest, one-time winter clothing allowance ($600 CDN)
- Modest living allowance ($2000 CDN per month in Kingston; adjusted during placement for cost of living in placement location)
The application process has 3 stages:
STAGE 1: UoG Nomination and pre-screening
(Deadline for applicants to submit application to OT Coordinator at UoG: August 7, 2017; Deadline for UoG to submit nomination to Queen’s: August 24, 2017)
Individual applicants must submit their full application to the Ethiopian MCF OT Coordinator, Dr. Nebiyu Mesfin ([email protected]) by August 7, 2017. Applications will then be reviewed by a selection committee at the UoG and will undergo pre-screening for completeness and alignment with eligibility requirements as well as a full review and ranking of each candidate.
Applications must include:
- A PDF copy of an official transcript from each university previously attended. If the degree is not complete at the time of application, an official interim transcript should be provided with the final transcript forwarded as soon as it is available. Transcripts must demonstrate upper second-class standing (B+, 3.3/4.0) in a Bachelor’s degree relevant to rehabilitation, health, nursing, public health sciences, international development, or community development.
- A letter of intent, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages, describing the applicant’s personal and professional background, previous and current involvement in disability and community-based rehabilitation, motivation for joining the OT program, and post-OT training plans.
- A professional Curriculum Vitae (C.V.), with a list of community engagement and volunteer activities, clinical experience in a health setting, experience with disability, as well as all previous academic awards and publications, including abstracts and full papers.
- An official copy of English test scores for one of the accepted tests listed above.
STAGE 2: Queen’s University Application
(Deadline: December 31, 2017)
Candidates who are nominated by UoG and who demonstrate fulfillment of fellowship application requirements will be provided with a hard copy application form and invited to submit an application to the program at Queen’s University. Along with the documents required in Stage 1, this application will require two Confidential Assessment forms. One Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by someone who holds an academic position in a post-secondary university or college and is qualified to judge your academic ability. Positions such as teaching assistant, laboratory coordinator or athletic trainer do not qualify as academic referees. The second Confidential Assessment Form may be either academic or professional and should be completed by someone who can judge you on your work performance, interpersonal skills and suitability for studies in occupational therapy. Neither of the Confidential Assessment forms may be submitted by relatives or friends.
STAGE 3: FINAL SELECTION
In the final stage, the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee from Queen’s will review each applicant’s full application packages and make a final recommendation for acceptance into the program. If the committee suggests a follow-up interview with applicants to assist in the selection decisions, this interview will take place in February 2018, with finalists and UoG notified of decisions shortly thereafter.
After this selection process, UoG will process the final approval and two-year leave permission for each successful candidate. After receiving the UoG release, Queen’s University will work with successful candidates to procure a student visa. Scholars are required to relocate to Kingston, Ontario, Canada by early May 2018, to begin English training and program orientation.
- Women and individuals with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Successful faculty members must obtain approval and leave from UoG for the two-year MScOT program, and will be required to sign a contract, committing to leave Canada and return to UoG to provide a minimum of 2 years of service upon completion of the OT program.
- Faculty members cannot complete clinical placements in Canada. All placements will be organized in African contexts, and faculty members will not be licensed to practice as occupational therapists in Canada.
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