IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Thematic scholarships

Andrée-Bouchard thematic scholarship (master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral levels)

Scientific research has shown that the tasks associated with a job, as well as the nature and demands of the work environment, may differ for men and women. These sex-and gender-based distinctions have a real impact on the risks to their occupational health and safety. Recognizing the importance of encouraging research and promoting its application in the definition of policies and interventions that incorporate the concepts of sex and gender and that improve worker health, the IRSST is launching the Andrée Bouchard thematic scholarship.

For 31 years, Andrée Bouchard held positions as a director on the Board of Directors of both the CNESST and the IRSST. Known for her dedication, she has also demonstrated great interest in women’s occupational health and OHS research. To ensure the sustainability of Ms. Bouchard’s legacy, a new thematic scholarship for excellence, launched as part of the 2017-2018 competition, now bears her name. The scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who has been recommended by a committee of experts and who will carry out a research project on gender, work and health.

The regulations, amounts awarded, forms and application deadlines for a thematic scholarship are the same as those for the regular program. Please refer to the relevant sections of the general regulations and of the regulations specific to master’s and doctoral scholarships and supplements.

Thematic scholarships in mechanical risk (Master's or Doctoral)

An action strategy has been launched to encourage the new generation of researchers to investigate problems related specifically to mechanical risks (e.g. cuts, lacerations, needle punctures, crushing, contact with machines, falls from heights, slipping and falling, and trench cave-ins). Four scholarships will therefore be awarded to applicants whose subject of study is related to the prevention of such mechanical risks, which may be associated with worker/machine interactions or targeted by the use of protective equipment.

The regulations, amounts awarded, forms and submission dates for thematic scholarship applications are the same as those applicable to the regular scholarship program. Please refer to the General regulations and Specific regulations applicable to master's, doctoral and thematic scholarships and scholarship supplements sections.

Priority research themes

  • Methodological and metrological tools or simulations designed to assess mechanical risks that are machine-related or targeted by the use of protective equipment
  • Methods of testing and evaluating protective equipment designed to control mechanical risks by taking the human factor into account
  • Support tools for selecting, enhancing and designing solutions for preventing mechanical risks that are machine-related or targeted by the use of protective equipment

Thematic scholarships on road safety at work (Master's or Doctoral)

In 2011, transportation accidents ranked first among causes of mortality in accidents at work. Recognizing the prevalence of work-related road accidents, the IRSST has launched a new thematic scholarship at the master's or doctoral level on the theme of road safety at work. This scholarship will be awarded to an applicant whose subject of study relates to both the identification of the causal factors and the prevention of road accidents in connection with the driving of vehicles for work.

The regulations, amounts awarded, forms and submission dates for thematic scholarship applications are the same as those applicable to the regular scholarship program. Please refer to the General regulations and Specific regulations applicable to master's, doctoral and thematic scholarships and scholarship supplements sections.

Priority research themes

  • The development and application of methods for measuring and tools for evaluating the risks of road accidents
  • Management processes and tools for preventing work-related road accidents