S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work and Health

The call for applications for 2017 S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work and Health is now closed. To ensure you are notified of the 2018 call for applications, please sign up for fellowship notifications and IWH News. 

About the fellowships

In appreciation of Dr. S. Leonard Syme's contributions to the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) as chair of its Scientific Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2002, IWH has established a research training fellowship in his name.

The fellowships are for early-career researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests include: prevention of work-related injury and illness; understanding the social determinants of health and illness in work environments; prevention and management of work disability; or evaluating workplace interventions to improve health. IWH is particularly interested in candidates who show a commitment to research that promises to reduce work-related injury, illness and disability in Ontario. In the spirit of Dr. Syme's contributions to research mentorship, candidates from any disciplinary background are eligible for training fellowships.

Awards are based on the merit of the research proposed. Typically, a maximum of three fellowships of $5,000 are awarded each competition, but occasionally one major fellowship of up to $15,000 is provided. Syme Fellowship awards are not normally held by candidates currently holding another major training salary award.

The term of an award is 12 months. Successful candidates will be expected to present some aspect of their research at an IWH plenary during the course of the fellowship. They will also be invited to participate in other aspects of academic life at the Institute.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for the S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work & Health must:

  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited graduate studies program at the master’s or doctoral level. Candidates who have been accepted into a graduate program, but have not yet started their graduate studies, must provide proof of acceptance and begin their studies no later than October 2017.
  • Be enrolled in one of the following IWH-affiliated universities: McMaster University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, York University, Ryerson University, Trent University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Montreal, University of Lethbridge, Dalhousie University or Lakehead University.
  • Be directly supervised or mentored by an IWH scientist or adjunct scientist.
    NOTE: If applicants are not associated with an IWH scientist or adjunct scientist, they may request that their application be reviewed and, if successful, they may be assigned an IWH scientist as a mentor.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online application form. 

Applicants must arrange for two academic reference forms to be completed and e-mailed by the referees directly to Lyudmila Mansurova at lmansurova@iwh.on.ca.

Materials required to complete the online form:

  • Statement of the candidate’s research interests (maximum 300 words) and career objectives (maximum 200 words).
  • Two (2) academic references. The reference form can be downloaded here.
  • Copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions in PDF format (unofficial and student-issued transcripts are permitted; e.g., ROSI screenshots). Maximum file size is 2MB.
  • Curriculum vitae in PDF format (maximum file size is 2MB).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The online application form cannot be saved. Please have all required materials ready before you begin your online application and save a copy of these materials for your records.

For further details, please read Application Instructions.

The call for 2017 applications is now closed.

Go to application form

Evaluation process and notification of award

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of IWH scientific staff. Applications will be evaluated based on scientific merit, innovation, feasibility of proposal, and alignment with IWH’s Strategic Research Plan.


If you have any questions, please consult Frequently Asked Questions or contact:

Lyudmila Mansurova
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Work & Health