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Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women’s Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women’s health scholars. The community of women’s health scholars fostered by this Awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women’s health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened heath care system.

Master’s Awards – $25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance

Doctoral Awards – $35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance

Postdoctoral Awards – $50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

PDF fileDetailed information about funding and conditions.

December 1, 2017

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of the application deadline date
  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Vice-Provost and Dean of graduate studies at Ryerson University
  • To be eligible for a Master’s or Doctoral award, applicants must be registered full-time in a Master’s or Doctoral graduate program at Ryerson University at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2016-17), and must remain registered full-time throughout the term of the award. Master’s students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study, and doctoral students to the end of their fifteenth term of full-time study.
  • To be eligible for a Postdoctoral award, applicants must be engaged in full-time research at Ryerson University at the time of taking up the award (i.e., September 1, 2016), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the application deadline (i.e., January 29, 2016) and within 36 months of the application deadline (i.e., no earlier than January 29, 2013). If a longer period of time has passed, for example for childrearing, applicants must submit a rationale for the delay in application.
  • Holders of Women's Health Scholars Awards are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this award.
  • Any publication of any kind, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by the successful applicants contain an acknowledgement of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s role in supporting the project. 

PDF fileDetailed information about eligibility requirements.

Each applicant must submit an electronic copy of the following documents in a single PDF package by December 1, 2017 to Natasha Mills –

  • The completed PDF fileapplication form
  • A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria).
  •  (For Postdoctoral applicants) a brief summary of the doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words).
  • A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study or postdoctoral research (maximum 1,000 words). There must also be an additional non-technical summary (maximum 500 words). These statements must be written by the candidate.

The candidate must also provide:

  •  (For Master’s and Doctoral applicants) all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. These may be either official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar's office of the issuing university, or copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar's office of the Ontario university of current registration.
  • Confidential letters from two assessors for Master’s and Doctoral applicants, and four assessors for Postdoctoral applicants. These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate or postdoctoral period. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies. For postdoctoral applications, two of the assessors should preferably be from another university and must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the candidate’s supervisory committee, or a co-author

The Ryerson YSGS internal committee will forward recommended candidates together with their applications to the Council of Ontario Universities for further review.

More information can be found at the external,Council of Ontario Universities webpage