Support for Black students aspiring to a career in health

PLANS seeks to increase representation of African Nova Scotians in the health professions through recruitment and retention, community collaborations and partnerships to improve health outcomes within the African Nova Scotian community.

PLANS offers programming (e.g. summer camp, mentorships), resources (e.g. health program and career information), and attends community and school events to provide health career preparation and support to:

  • youth in junior high and high school including parents/families
  • community members, education and health organizations
  • current post-secondary students
  • teachers, student support workers, and guidance counsellors
  • post-secondary staff and faculty

Call for Applications: Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program for non‑medical students

Application Deadline: Wed. Feb. 14, 2018

The FoM Summer Student Research Program provides opportunities to undergraduate students living in Nova Scotia of African descent and Aboriginal students with an interest in medicine and/or medical research.  These students must have completed at least 2 years of a health and/or science-related undergraduate program, other than medicine, at Dalhousie University or another Canadian university to participate in research projects conducted by members of the Faculty of Medicine.  Students will work directly with the faculty member or a senior member of the faculty member’s research program.  The intent is to allow students to become completely immersed in the conduct of medical research.  For the summer period, students will be expected to fully commit to participate in the day to day operation of the research program, an experience that will give students firsthand exposure to new technologies and approaches.

Summer research studentships are scholarships to which you can apply on a competitive basis - only 4 positions are available each year.  These studentships pay the student a stipend of $5000 over a twelve week period (includes 2 weeks of vacation) as well as a $750 travel stipend (for presentation of research at a regional/national/international conference).  Application forms are now available and deadline for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  

The application form and further information on how to find a supervisor can be found on the medical research website.


Admissions Equity

Dalhousie University is committed to equity in admission to its programs for underrepresented groups. PLANS is committed to ensuring the appropriate application of admissions equity policies in the Faculties of Dentistry, Health and Medicine. This includes providing the necessary support ad connections to ensure student success.


To be considered under admissions equity, applicable bursaries/scholarship, and/or connected with appropriate supports (i.e. PLANS, Black Student Advising Centre), it is strongly encouraged to self-identify where indicated on applicable forms. Information gained from self-identification process is used only for admissions purposes and connecting students with appropriate resources and services. Current Dalhousie University students can check their self-identification status on DalOnline.

If you are interested in receiving support from PLANS or for more information please complete the PLANS Support Form.

*NB. International students (Students studying outside Canada) should contact the Dalhousie International Student Advising Centre for support.

PLANS is supported by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, in collaboration with Dalhousie’s Faculties of Health, Dentistry, and Medicine, and Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education and African Canadian Services Division (Department of Early Childhood Development and Education).

Contact PLANS


Program Manager (Acting): Stephanie Bizzeth
Phone: 902-494-7831
BSAC Hours: Thursday mornings from 9am – 12pm


Program Assistant: Nnamdi Chiekwe