2024-2025 Syme Research Training Awards in Work and Health

About the research training award

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 award in his name.

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 addresses the prevention of work-related injury and illness, and the prevention and management of disability at work 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 training awards of $5,000 are awarded each competition.

Note: Syme Research Training Awards are not normally held by candidates currently holding another major training salary award. Priority will be given to candidates who do not hold other significant salary funding.

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 Research 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.
  • 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.

The Institute for Work & Health is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values and promotes diversity. IWH encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous people, women, LGBTQ2S+ persons, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online application form.

The following materials are required to complete the online form:

  • Statement of the candidate’s research interests (maximum 750 words) and career objectives (maximum 750 words).
  • 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.

Applicants must also arrange for two (2) academic reference forms to be completed and emailed by the referees directly to Lyudmila Mansurova at lmansurova@iwh.on.ca. The reference form can be downloaded here.

Complete applications, including references, must be submitted by 4:00pm EST on April 26, 2024.

For further details, please read the application instructions.

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 for your records.

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 and potential innovativeness; feasibility of proposal and alignment with IWH’s current research and topic areas. The panel will make a recommendation for awards in July 2024.


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

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

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