Mustard Fellowship in Work & Health

In honour of Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, who was the chair of the Institute for Work & Health's first Board of Directors, the Institute created a fellowship in his name in 1999 when he stepped down as the inaugural chair. 

The fellowship 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 fellowship is open to a range of academic disciplines including social, behavioural and organizational sciences, as well as clinical and population health sciences.

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

Eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants must have completed a PhD (or equivalent) at the time they begin the fellowship, 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 fellowship (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 Fellowship in Work and Health.

Conditions of the appointment

  1. The fellow 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 fellowship is based at the Institute for Work & Health where the fellow is expected to spend his/her working time. 
  3. The fellowship is awarded for up to two years (i.e., one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal). If the fellowship 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 fellowship award for cause.

Application procedure

Applications for this position need to include:

  1. A covering letter.
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A transcript of academic records (graduate, complete with description of grading scale employed). Official transcripts are not required.
  4. A brief abstract of the post-doctoral research proposal. Maximum 200 words.
  5. A full statement of the proposed program of research to be conducted during the term of the fellowship. 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. Maximum three (3) pages. 
  6. Three (3) letters of reference. One letter of reference should be from the applicant's thesis supervisor. Reference letters should describe the referee’s relationship to the candidate and address the candidate’s research skills, initiative and ability to work independently, writing and presentation skills, and provide an overall assessment.
    Reference letters should be sent by referees directly to Lyudmila Mansurova at

Complete application materials should be send by email to Lyudmila Mansurova at


Questions about eligibility or the application procedure should be directed to:

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