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Ralph McGinn Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ralph McGinn, former chair of the WorkSafeBC Board of Directors, was a lifelong advocate and leader in the field of occupational health and safety. To commemorate his tremendous contributions, the Ralph McGinn Postdoctoral Fellowship award was established in 2021. This award is designed to foster the development of occupational health and safety and work disability research in B.C. and Canada.

Who can apply

The fellowship award supports doctoral graduates who are training for careers as academic researchers in occupational health and safety or work disability.

The award is open to researchers holding a postdoctoral position at a Canadian university or research institution. Applicants must be within four years of completing their Ph.D. and commit to spending a minimum of 75 percent of their time on research activities. Research projects should be aligned with WorkSafeBC’s mandate and research priorities.

Funding and duration

The fellowship award is $50,000 per year for two years with the option to renew for a third year upon successful re-application.

All standard terms and conditions apply to projects funded through Research Services. Please refer to the General Guidelines and Conditions for details.

Funding opportunities

The Ralph McGinn Postdoctoral Fellowship grant competition is now closed. The next competition is anticipated to launch in November 2024.

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The forms and resources provided below are for reference only.

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Research topics

Research projects should align with our research priorities and any of the topics below:

  • Occupational injury and disease
  • Workplace exposures
  • Prevention of injury or disease
  • Treatment of injury or disease
  • Disability management, vocational rehabilitation, and return to work
  • Workers’ compensation

Recently funded projects — Postdoctoral Fellowship

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Md Alauddin
Safety management of combustible dust using advanced data-driven models Dalhousie University $100,000
Wadena Burnett
Strategies to prevent back pain in agricultural workers University of Saskatchewan $100,000

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Sonja Senthanar Work disability experience for immigrant workers in British Columbia: Investigating rehabilitation services to improve return-to-work University of British Columbia $100,000
Heather Johnston
Risk factors and hazards common for both work-related musculoskeletal and psychological injury Institute for Work and Health $100,000