ARCH - A Research Collaborative for Global Health Equity

ARCH (Alliance for Research and Equity in Global Health)
ARCH (Alliance for Research and Equity in Global Health)


Inequities in maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes and access exist globally for certain groups, including those impacted by armed conflict, remote populations, displaced persons, and people with disabilities.  Unfortunately these groups are rarely prioritized in research or policy.  ARCH at Queen’s University is hosting awards for individual researchers through the Queen Elizabeth Scholars – Advanced Scholars Network for Equity in Maternal and Child Health from January 2018 to November 2020.  Individual awards will support incoming and out-going research exchanges between researchers at Queen’s University and international partner institutions.  The objective of all research exchanges will be to build capacity at LMIC partner institutions for research related to equity in maternal child health, and to create an international network of engaged, ethical and innovative global health researchers supporting equity in MCH.

Queens QES Summer 2018

QES 2018 Summer Scholars

In the summer of 2018, the ARCH collaborative hosted 6 international scholars from The Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand, and Mongolia.  Each scholar was here for 90 days, spending time attending workshops on research methods, health equity, indigenous health and other relevant topics, as well as working with community organizations supporting research needs at these organizations all the while developing their own research skills.  Scholars worked on individual research projects which will be supported by the QES project on topics related to maternal and child health equity in their countries of origin.  All scholars have committed to supporting research capacity development within their home institutions.


About the QES Initiative

In 2012, Canada celebrated the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. To honour this milestone, the Government of Canada collaborated with Canadian public and private sector organizations to fund an inspiring new scholarship initiative: the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program (QES). Launched in 2014, QES has activated a dynamic community of young global leaders that have created lasting impacts at home and abroad. The program has achieved this through international education, providing opportunities for discovery and inquiry and enabling professional experiences. Scholarship recipients, called “Queen Elizabeth Scholars”, engage with communities, learn about cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. They are part of a global network of Queen Elizabeth Scholars who share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate on meaningful initiatives. Please visit to learn more about QES.

Thanks to the generous financial support of $10 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), QES is expanding its reach to support doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers from Canada and LMICs to develop solutions to complex national and global challenges. The QES-AS will focus on institutional capacity strengthening of the partner institutions from the Global South. The Advanced Scholars phase of the QES program aims to identify scholars showing leadership potential, and support them in acquiring world-ready research experience through a university, in collaboration with either a non-profit organization or industry. QES-AS aims to strengthen university linkages with industry, community and international partners to explore new opportunities and to better position Canadian universities in the competitive international higher education market. It will support Canadian champions abroad and create a network of Canadian and LMIC research leaders who are engaged in finding solutions to complex global development challenges. QES-AS will facilitate a dynamic network of Canadian and LMIC research leaders who are engaged in finding solutions to complex global development challenges.

See more information about the QES Advanced Scholars Program HERE