whoa - hes not canadian - we don't just give that honor to just anyone! i'm canadian by birth - but luckily a permanent res (though ucsd doesn't believe me) and about 1 month from becoming a citizen. some of those schools have deep pockets for other people. i was just thinking - an mstp grant is approximately a $450,000 scholarship. dizzzam! thats mindnumbingly cool.
OK, so.... wait...
Did he have US citizenship/green card or not? (regardless of whether he's Canadian by birth)
Also, do you know if he came to JHopkins with the grant (Merck gave it directly to him), or did JHopkins accept him and fund him with Merck's money?
Reason I ask is because JHopkins specificaly told me that they have no funds for foreign MD/PhD students.