S. Leonard Syme Research Training Awards 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 L. Syme awards.

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About the awards

The fellowships were established in 2002 to recognize Dr. S. Leonard Syme's contributions to the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) as chair of its Scientific Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2002.

The awards are for early-career researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. Preference is given to candidates whose research interests closely align with IWH's current research and topic areas. IWH is particularly interested in candidates whose research aims 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 awards.

Awards are based on the merit of the research proposed. Typically, a maximum of three awards of $5,000 are given each competition, but occasionally one major award of up to $15,000 is provided. Note: Syme 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 invited to join the Institute's early career training group during the course of the award and may be asked to present some aspect of their research at a training meeting. They will also be invited to participate in other aspects of academic life at the Institute like the IWH Speaker Series.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for the S. Leonard Syme Training Awards in Work and Health must :

  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into a Canadian accredited graduate studies program at the master’s or doctoral level. Candidates who have been accepted, but have not yet started their graduate studies, must provide proof of acceptance.
  • Be conducting work and health research in an area that fits the mandate of the Institute for Work & Health. For more information about the Institute's research program, visit www.iwh.on.ca/about-us/what-we-do.

Preference will be given to candidates who are supervised by an IWH scientist or adjunct scientist.

How to apply

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

Applicants must arrange for two 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:

  • Statement of the candidate’s research interests and career objectives.
  • Two (2) academic references. The reference form is made available with the online application form.
  • Copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions in PDF format (unofficial and student-issued transcripts are permitted; e.g., ROSI screenshots).
  • Curriculum vitae in PDF format.


If you have any questions, please contact:

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