The Allen-Carey Scholarship in Women’s Health

Dr. Hugh Allen and Dr. Lewis Carey

The Allen-Carey Scholarship in Women’s Health, established in 1998, honours Dr. Hugh Allen (left) and the late Dr. Lewis Carey (right)—two notable philanthropists and former LHSC physicians. The Allen-Carey Scholarship supports unique physician training opportunities for specialized education in women's health. The intent of the award is to promote excellence in patient care and research and support the development of future leaders in women's health in Canada.

Priority will be given to unique training opportunities such as an additional year of training associated with or following a fellowship/residency training program. Training experiences that immerse the applicant in a new and unique academic environment are encouraged, as trainees benefit from the interactions and cultural experiences of new training environments.

In general, the award is not intended to fund clinical residency/fellowship training or residency/fellowship research training experiences that are generally considered part of the usual residency/fellowship training program. It is important to emphasize that the overarching goal of the training experience relates to improving the health of Canadian women and proposals should clearly address this goal. Proposals will be evaluated on how the training may result in the development of a Canadian resource to establish or significantly enhance Canadian clinical, research, or educational programs. 

Dr.'s Hugh Allen and Lewis Carey and their families started the Scholarship. The award is administrated and supported by the London Health Sciences Foundation, the Women's Health Program at the London Health Sciences Centre, the Allen-Carey Board and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Western University.

Training Opportunities

The scholarship will support unique training opportunities for one year in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology or other women’s health specialties. The training categories include:

1. Specialized clinical training
2. Research training 
3. Leadership training
4. Education training

To provide context to the proposed training experiences, the award is intended to support specialized training that builds on more formal/traditional types of education. The proposed training will preferably establish future career directions and/or programs that lead to better health for Canadian women and their communities. Funding is rarely provided for a Master’s or other specialty degree. unless it can be demonstrate that an associated project will translate into a new program or health service. The Scholarship does not generally support correspondence/distance training, or preceptor training experiences.  

For all training experiences, applicants should provide a clear project plan. It is important to highlight how the chosen program will lead to ongoing mentorship/institutional support, program development, research funding, and/or leadership development in Canada. The applicant should provide examples (or outline) how the proposed training will facilitate career development and provide perspective on the intended impact of the training for advancing women's health in Canada. Evidence of institutional/departmental support by way of future funding and/or protected time to translate the new knowledge into better patient care is very helpful.l. 

Other women’s health training opportunities may be considered if the candidate and training program are outstanding and fit with the objectives of the award. Applicants who have not trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology may be considered. In such circumstances, it will be helpful to demonstrate the impact on how the proposed training program will improve the future of women’s health care.

Application Dates

Applications will be received and reviewed on a yearly basis. The deadline for receiving applications for the 2021 Scholarship competition will be November 15th, 2020. Applicants will be notified of a decision by February 15th, 2021..


For complete applicant information, please download the PDF at the bottom of the page. 

Funding is for a proposed period of study starting the summer or early fall of the year the funds are awarded for at least one year following the start date. London Health Sciences Foundation will release funds to successful applicants. The applicant should indicate the timelines of the proposed training experience and provide justification if the proposed study period is different from the above time frame. 

In 2021, $40,000-$50,000 is available for the award and the funds will be used to support the successful candidate.    

1. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

2. Applicants should have Royal College specialty certification and/or must be eligible to write Royal College specialty exams in their discipline. 

Applications should contain the following information:

1. A letter from the applicant outlining the proposed training experience and how this training experience is consistent with the goals of the award.  (No more than 3 pages single spaced size 12 font)
2. Updated Curriculum Vitae
3. Two reference letters.  Reference letters should be sent directly from the referee separate from the application materials.  Reference letters should not be disclosed to the applicant.  References may be sent by e-mail with original copy to follow by mail.
4. Applicants may supplement the award with funding through their desired training program and/or a sponsoring institution or organization. The applicant should provide details of such additional funding. 
5. The applicant should provide one reference letter from an appropriate representative of the applicant’s most recent training experience. (eg. program director if the applicant recently completed a fellowship.
6. If the applicant has a sponsor, the sponsor or an appropriate representative of the sponsor should provide a reference letter.  

Successful applicants are expected to provide a short progress report during the course of their chosen training as confirmation that the awarded funds are being used as intended. Furthermore, the Board of the Allen/Carey Award would appreciate feedback from the candidate as to whether their training experience has met their expectations.

Applications should be submitted in electronic format (PDF file format) by e-mail to Amanda J Williams, Director, Women's Care, at London Health Sciences Centre: amandaj.williams@lhsc.on.ca

Written correspondence and reference letters should be directed to: 

Amanda J Williams
Director of Women’s Care
London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Rd. E.
London, ON N6A 4G5

If you require any additional information please feel free to contact Dr. Mark Carey at markscarey@gmail.com 

Dr. Steven Bisch has completed a Master's of Public Health degree at Harvard University and recently completed a Surgical Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Calgary. His research interests include improving outcomes following surgery, using nutrition to improve cancer outcomes, and information technology in healthcare (bioinformatics). 

From improving enrolment in life-saving clinical trials to detailed analysis of tumour genomics,” he says, “bioinformatics is a field that is fast becoming critical to research and clinical care in the practice of gynecologic oncology.”

Dr. Bisch is currently working as a gynecologic oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital and is part of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada's Digital Transformation Committee.

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