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IWH launches research fellowship on work and health

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

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

January 6, 2015  By Massage Therapy Canada staff

Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests include
understanding the social determinants of health and illness in work
environments, evaluating workplace interventions to improve health,
and/or exploring the measurement issues associated with either of these
two areas. 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 Syme’s own
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 will be awarded each competition, but
occasionally one major fellowship of up to $15,000 is provided. A major
Syme Fellowship award is not normally held by a candidate who is also
holding another major fellowship training 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
for the S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work & Health may
apply prior to confirmation of acceptance to an MSc or PhD training
program. However, confirmation of acceptance into an accredited Canadian
graduate studies program must be received prior to the fellowship being
undertaken. Candidates who have partially completed their program of
study are also eligible for the Fellowship.


Recipients of the
award will typically be enrolled at an Ontario university that has a
formal affiliation with the IWH (McMaster University, University of
Toronto, University of Waterloo, York University). Consideration may be
given to applicants applying from other Canadian universities.

expects the candidate’s supervisor or co-supervisor to be an institute
scientist, senior scientist or adjunct scientist, although in some cases
applications may be accepted without a current affiliation with the
institute. Successful candidates without IWH affiliation will be
assigned an IWH mentor.

For more information on how to apply, visit the IWH website.

All documents, including reference letters, must be received by IWH by Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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