Mustard Postdoctoral Research Award in Work and Health

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L. Syme awards

These awards are for young researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health.


F. Mustard award

This award is a two-year appointment for researchers at the post-doctoral level in the area of work and health.


C. Mustard award

This award supports and accelerates the research program of an early career researcher in the area of work and health.


We are currently not accepting any applications for the F. Mustard award.

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About the award

The award was created in 1999 to honour Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, who was the inaugural chair of the Institute for Work & Health's first Board of Directors.

The award supports the development of outstanding new researchers in the field of work and health congruent with the mission of the Institute. It aims specifically to build capacity for innovative multidisciplinary research concerning the relationships between work environments and worker health. As such, the award is open to a range of academic disciplines including social, behavioural and organizational sciences, as well as clinical and population health sciences.

The award currently stands at approximately $55,000 CDN per annum, plus a benefit package and conference travel support. Only one award is awarded per call for applicants.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants must have completed a PhD (or equivalent) at the time they begin the award, in one or more of the fields of social, behavioural, organizational or health sciences, including epidemiology, medicine and allied medical professions.
  2. Applicants must be within five (5) years of completion of their PhD, have held no more than one other postdoctoral award (or equivalent), and have not held another academic job as an independent investigator (e.g., assistant professorship).
  3. Applicants should have an interest in approaching research questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  4. Applicants should have proficiency in relevant qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
  5. Applicants must hold Canadian citizenship, have permanent residency status in Canada or be eligible for a Canadian work visa at the time of application.
  6. Applicants may not hold another major salary award in addition to the Mustard Postdoctoral Researcher Award in Work and Health.

Conditions of the appointment

  1. The researcher will conduct scholarly inquiry within areas of relevance to the Institute’s mission as described in the Institute's Strategic Research Plan and is expected to contribute scholarly work in the form of grant proposals, presentations and peer-reviewed papers over his/her tenure.
  2. The award is based at the Institute for Work & Health where the fellow is expected to spend his/her working time.
  3. The award is awarded for up to two years (i.e., one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal). If the award is terminated during its course, the award will be prorated.
  4. The successful candidate will submit brief interim written reports to his/her mentor and the Institute's scientific director at three, nine, 12 and 18 months into the term. A final detailed report must be filed prior to the conclusion of the fellowship term.
  5. The Board of Directors of the Institute reserves the right to terminate the award for cause.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online application form, which is made available when a Mustard award competition is open.

Applicants must arrange for three academic reference forms to be completed and emailed by the referees directly to the Institute.

The following materials are required to complete the online form:

  • Covering letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format.
  • Transcript of academic records in PDF format (graduate, complete with description of grading scale employed). Official transcripts are not required.
  • Abstract of the post-doctoral research proposal (maximum 200 words).
  • Full statement of the proposed program of research to be conducted during the term of the award (maximum 3 pages). The description should be written by the applicant and should state the scientific and career benefits expected to be derived from the research and its relevance to the mandate of the Institute.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Lyudmila Mansurova
Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
Institute for Work & Health