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Community Registration Scholarships

Community Registration Scholarships

Community involvement is a hallmark of health research. In recognition of this important role and thanks to sponsors’ generous support, CAGH will be offering up to 75 Community Registration Scholarships for virtual or in-person attendance to CCGH 2021.  

Detailed information on the Community Registration Scholarship application and selection process and the link to the online application can be found below.  

Application deadline is October 24, 2021. 

Community Participation at CCGH 2021  

Community Registration Scholarships are provided by the Canadian Alliance in HIV-HCV Knowledge to Action, funded by the Community Action Fund (PHAC). These scholarships are intended to encourage the participation of people with lived experience and support representation from disadvantaged and under-represented communities, as well as people working in Community-Based Organizations whose work is focused on supporting these communities.  

Key populations include those who identify as: 

  • Living with HIV or Hepatitis C 
  • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis 
  • LGBTQ2+ 
  • Racialized person and/or migrant 
  • Person recently released from correctional facilities  
  • Person who uses drugs 
  • Sex worker 

Community Registration Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary Conference registration. All other costs (travel, technology, child care, etc.) involved with the recipient’s participation at CCGH 2021 will not be covered. Please note that only the recipients of a Community Registration Scholarship will be offered free registration to the Conference: all other Community members will be required to pay the regular conference rate ($500 in-person, $100 virtual).  

Eligibility  

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada  
  • Living, working* or volunteering* with one of the previously listed target communities. Preference will be given to those who have lived experience.  

*Please note: health care professionals (i.e. doctors, nurses, and pharmacists), students, academics, government employees, and others that do not meet CAGH’s definition of a ‘Community’ member are not eligible for a Community Registration Scholarship.  

Evaluation Criteria  

The priority areas for adjudication are:  

  • Demonstration that the applicant has a strong connection to their affiliated community in Canada: those with lived experience and/or those working or volunteering in any field related to the above populations (preference will be given to those with lived experience);  
  • Demonstration that the applicant can show tangible benefits from attending the conference and will share the knowledge gained with a larger at-risk community or organization after the meeting; and  
  • Demonstration that the applicant will actively participate in the conference.  

Selection Process  

Applications will be sent to the Community Registration Scholarship Selection Committee in a blinded process (names will be removed). The CCGH Community Scholarship Selection Committee includes experienced community members from across Canada. To avoid any perceived or real conflict-of-interest, members of the Selection Committee cannot receive a Community Registration Scholarship.  

Every question on the application will be scored. Points will be awarded based solely on the information provided in the application. The applications with the highest number of points will be awarded the Community Registration Scholarships. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that their application is complete as information that is not provided may result in a lower score. The Community Registration Scholarship Selection Committee will review the final results to ensure that selection fulfills the criteria and priorities identified for supporting Community attendance at the Conference.  

Confidentiality  

All information on this application form is treated as confidential and is protected. Information provided will be used for the sole purpose of administering the Community Registration Scholarship program.  

Completed applications will be received and processed by CAGH staff. The Community Registration Scholarship Selection Committee will receive and review copies of applications through a blinded review process that removes the names and identifying information from the application.  

Personal information is collected and used to select applicants. Applications that are not accepted will be deleted from the application database within 30 days of the Conference. Approved applications will be retained on file in the CAGH Office in accordance with existing laws and regulations for this purpose.  

If you have any questions, please contact jhelwig@cagh-acsm.org

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