Study at the Chair

Curious and open to new perspectives, our team brings together experts in participatory research, community engagement, medicine, psychology, anthropology, social sciences, public health, management and social innovation.

The Chair provides a rich training environment for students, practitioner-researchers, patient-researchers and postdoctoral fellows. By joining the Chair to develop your research project, you will be part of our action research team bringing together researchers, patients, clinicians, and members of the community.

You will be part of an extended team of more than 20 researchers, 7 patients and citizen partners and several health and community partners.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in research tasks corresponding to your interests and skill level, from project design to dissemination of results. You will participate in our weekly scientific meetings and benefit from individual mentoring and coaching.

You will be supervised by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Chairholder (Department of Family Medicine, Université de Montréal) and adjunct professor in the McGill family medicine program, with the possibility of co-supervision with a researcher from another department or university.

The main questions pursued by the Chair’s program are:


How to design inclusive, equitable and diversified partnership interventions with patients and communities?


How to implement adaptable, sustainable and scalable partnership interventions with health and community organisations?


What are the impacts of caring with patients and communities on health and social outcomes?

Our Values

Mutually Beneficial, Inclusive and Sustainable Partnerships

Respect, Collaboration and Reciprocity

Humility, Humanity and Community Involvement

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Education funding


The Chair offers start-up scholarships for a student who will develop his or her research project in line with the Chair’s program and who Commit to apply for a scholarship from a recognized funding agency (e.g .: FRQ , CIHR, SSHRC).


Amount and duration of the award

Master’s: $ 17,500  (CND) ; PhD: $ 30,000  (CDN).

These scholarships are for a period of one year (with the possibility of renewal).


Important dates

  • Results announcement: Continuous assessment of applications received
  • Deadline for submission of the application:
    • June 15: for students registered for the following fall session;
    • October 15: for students registered for the following winter session;
    • February 15: for students registered for the following summer session;

Start-up Scholarships :: Details

Required profile

  • Holds a bachelor’s (BSc) or master’s (MSc) degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., health services research, public health, psychology, social sciences, humanities, or any other relevant discipline);
  • Organization, rigour;
  • Dynamism, flexibility, versatility and resourcefulness;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively in an intersectoral team;
  • Functional French (e.g., able to participate in team meetings in French).


  • Enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the beginning of the award (no later than September 1 , 2021); and
  • Commit to apply for a scholarship from a recognized funding agency (e.g., FRQ, CIHR, SSHRC) in the fall 2021 competition.

Documents to provide

  1. A cover letter (max. 2 pages) indicating your academic background, your future career prospects, and the alignment between your research interests and the scientific program of the Chair;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. Official transcripts of the most recent program of study (bachelor’s or master’s).

The contact details of 2 references (including, for students submitting a doctoral application, the master’s supervisor) will be requested for candidates invited for an interview.

Evaluation criteria

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Fit of the student’s profile with the objectives and values of the Chair;
  • Excellence of the academic record (training, awards, scholarships, scientific publications);
  • Motivation of the candidate to pursue graduate studies and a research career.

Please note

  • All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt, but only those whose applications meet the selection criteria will be invited for an interview;
  • We do not commit to give a scholarship if the applications received do not meet expectations;
  • Applications may be submitted in French or English.

Submitting your application

The application files must be sent by e-mail to Ms. Geneviève Castonguay (, scientific manager, Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and Communities. Please indicate in the subject line, as appropriate, “MSc – Chair” or “PhD – Chair“.

Equity, diversity, inclusion

The exchange of scientific, experiential and professional knowledge is at the heart of our work, as demonstrated by our projects with researchers, patients, clinicians, and community members. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with all people, regardless of their characteristics. In particular, the Chair is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in its work environment. We encourage members of groups facing barriers to equity to apply, in accordance with the CHUM Research Centre’s policy on equity, diversity and inclusion.



    •  Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) and Master (CGS M)
      • Doctoral fellowship of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
      • Doctoral Research Award of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CSHR)
      • Doctoral program – Postgraduate Scholarships of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
      • Vanier Scholarship (doctoral)

    Current students

    Mathieu Bouchard

    Postdoctoral Trainee (2019-2021)

    Research project: Construction collective des connaissances expérientielles en contexte professionnel: le cas du partenariat patient en recherche.

    Mathieu Bouchard has been collaborating with the the Center of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP) and its founders for several years now. He initially acted as patient partner in medical training, and then increasingly in participatory research projects related to organizational governance. He completed in 2019 a PhD at the Management Department of HEC Montréal. His thesis, based on a comparative ethnography of three patient movements in mental health care, analyzed client action in professionalized fields. The jury recommended this thesis for the prize of the best doctoral thesis of the HEC.

    Before doctoral studies, Mathieu has worked for several years in asset management for large pension plans. He holds an MBA and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Between finance and doctorate, he has lived a profound meaning crisis and experienced mental health care, which has nourished his interest in mutual aid groups and peer work. Mathieu is currently applying for postdoctoral fellowship with CEPPP to study the collective construction of knowledge in health-related experiential communities.

    Christine St-Onge

    Master’s degree in biomedical sciences – patient partnership option (2021-)

    Research project: Evolutions historiques de la relation de partenariat avec les sages-femmes.

    Description to come

    Former Students

    Nadia O’Brien

    Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021)

    Post-training job: Researcher/Analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada

    Research project: Évaluation évolutive d’une intervention complexe de partenariat avec les patients et la communauté.

    Nadia O’Brien is a postdoctoral fellow with the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Partnership with Patients and Communities. She was awarded the prestigious postdoctoral award, the CIHR-Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) – Transition to Leadership Stream. She earned her PhD in Family Medicine and Primary Care from McGill University, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Simon Fraser University, and an Undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Nadia’s interest for participatory approaches to health research and heath interventions has been cultivated though her work with community-led structural interventions by and for sex workers in India, research led by Indigenous women in Quebec, and during her PhD with the participatory research team of the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS). Within the CRC’s Caring Community project, she is currently leading a Developmental Evaluation of a peer support intervention aimed at supporting complex patients within a primary healthcare team, as well as the evaluation of a peer support pilot project for people experiencing homelessness in Montreal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nadia is also involved with a national research team aiming to create a SPOR patient engagement evaluation framework, she is leading the third objective of the grant focused on adapting the framework to distinct populations.

    Marie-Pierre Codsi

    MSc student in Medical Education. University of Montréal (2016-2019)

    Post-training job: Clinical professor, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Montreal

    Research project: Enjeux identitaires du partenariat avec les patients en soins de première ligne.

    Marie-Pierre Codsi is a family physician, graduated in 2016 from Université de Montréal. She practices at the Notre-Dame family medicine clinic in Montreal where she conducts clinical and supervision activities for family medicine students and residents. She is a professor in clinical teaching at the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Université de Montréal. In collaboration with the Chair, she completed in 2019, with exceptional distinction, a Master’s of Research in Pedagogy of Medical Sciences on the impact of partnership with patients on the identity of healthcare professionals.


    Onat Ekinci


    Research project: Innovations communautaires en réponse aux problématiques d’isolement social des aînés

    Projet ensemble



    Yi Sheng Chao

    Postdoctoral Trainee (2014-2017)

    Post-training job: Clinical Research Officer, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health

    Research project: A network perspective on patient engagement

    Description to come






    Community initiative co-led with patients could improve care for people with complex health and social needs

    Boivin A, Rouly G.

    British Medical Journal (Partnership in Practice). February 28, 2020


    Patient and public engagement in research and health system decision making: A systematic review of evaluation tools

    Boivin A, L’Espérance A, Gauvin F-P, et al.

    Health Expect. 2018;00:1–10. hex.12804


    Changing relationships: how does patient involvement transform professional identity? An ethnographic study

    Codsi M-P, Karazivan P, Rouly G, et al.

    BMJ Open 2021;11:e045520. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045520


    Evaluating patient and public involvement in research

    Boivin A, Richards T, Forsythe L, Grégoire A, L’Espérance A, Abelson J et al.

    in research BMJ 2018; 363 :k5147 doi:10.1136/bmj.k5147


    Growing a healthy ecosystem

    Boivin A, Dumez V, Fancott C, L’Espérance A.

    Healthcare quarterly. 2018 Dec; 21(SP):73-82. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2018.25634.


    Developing a Canadian evaluation framework for patient and public engagement in research: study protocol Open Access

    L’Espérance, A., O’Brien, N., Grégoire, A. et al.

    Res Involv Engagem 7, 10 (2021).


    Covid-19 - a pivotal moment in community care

    Boivin A, Penafiel M, Rouly G, Lahaie V, Codsi M, Isabel M, White-Guay B.

    British Medical Journal (BMJ Opinions). April 7th 2020.


    Co-construire la santé en partenariat avec les patients et le public : historique, approche et impacts du « modèle de Montréal »

    Boivin A, Flora L, Dumez V, L’Espérance A, Berkesse A, Gauvin FP.

    Chapitre dans “La participation du public”. Editeurs: Christian Hervé et Michelle Stanton Jean. Editions Dalloz. 2017


    From Craft to Reflective Art and Science

    Boivin A.

    International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2018; 8(2), 124-127.

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