Leadership Scholarship

Scholarships are available to specialist physicians and general practitioners who successfully complete leadership training activities approved by VCH.

The funding is provided by the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) and Shared Care Committee (SCC) to enhance the experience and outcomes of the Health Authority Systems Redesign initiative announced in May 2010.

Do I qualify for funding?

You qualify for funding if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • If you are a specialist physician who is a certificant or fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, you can receive scholarship funding from the SSC.
  • If you are a General Practitioner, with or without specialized training, you can receive scholarship funding from the SCC.
  • You can receive up to $10,000 to cover tuition fees and the lowest reasonable cost of travel. You will be required to submit your receipts for reimbursement.
  • You may be expected to participate in a scholarship program evaluation.
  • Your time and compensation for attending training is excluded from funding.
  • VCH must endorse your application prior to the final approval of the sub-committee.
  • The maximum program funding of each committee is $250,000.

Retroactive Applications & COVID-19 update:

As of April 1, 2020, the JCC will no longer be accepting retroactive applications. Previously, there used to be an allowance for 1 retroactive application per physician. However, the JCC has encountered many challenges with this process due to the strict Doctors of BC three-month reimbursement policy and guidelines

Also, please be advised that until July 31, 2020, only requests for online courses will be accepted. The JCC has a temporary freeze on receiving or approving any other leadership scholarship applications during this period of time. With the exception of online courses, submissions of other applications can resume after July 31, 2020 for Committee approval.

How to apply

Submit your completed SSC Scholarship Application form to natalie.nesbitt@vch.ca to take through the approval process.

Visit the Specialist Services Committee’s Leadership Training Scholarship page to learn additional information on the scholarship.

For additional details on this program and its criteria, please feel free to visit the following respective websites: