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Application Process

Please note, applications are not currently being accepted at this time.


Senior undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year), professional degree undergraduate students and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Eligible students are required to:

Preference will be given to students who have:

Please note that this is not an exclusive list, and we welcome students from all academic backgrounds. All eligible students may also consider the opportunity to stay beyond the Summer Institute’s allotted two weeks, to further work alongside the community partner and local team members on implementing and evaluating the solution.


Step One: Required Documents

Your personal statement, CV/resume and copy of your official transcript(s) should be  sent as one  email package to Raksha Sule ( The letters of recommendation should be sent by your referees to Raksha Sule as well. Every application  will  be  considered on its own merit. The admissions process identifies best possible candidates by assessing each applicant’s overall achievements, including those in academic and non-academic areas. Those who score the highest on the file review will be invited for an interview.

Step Two: Interview
The final step is the interview, which  will occur over Skype or in person with two Global MINDS faculty members from Western University and the relevant site program coordinator.

During the interview, you will be asked two sets of questions. The first set will be in regards to your past experiences and what you hope to achieve from the program. The second set of questions will ask you to propose an innovative solution to a complex health challenge (not necessarily exclusive to mental health) affecting a marginalized community. These solutions should clearly define the target population, existing challenge/situation, proposed solution, implementation model and expected impact. Materials to help you prepare for this stage will be available on the website.The interview will not take longer than 30 minutes.