Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health ResearchBone and Joint Institute


Postdoctoral Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research

The Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research (CMHR) aims to enhance postdoctoral training across the entire research continuum, from basic to translational to clinical in a highly collaborative research environment. Our goal is to equip new researchers with the competencies necessary for accelerated career development.

The CMHR Postdoctoral program offers a variety of opportunities aimed at increasing the success of high-quality clinical and translational researchers across a broad career continuum including academia, clinical practice, and industry.

The CMHR Postdoctoral program is tailored to the individual's training needs, but includes the opportunity to pursue a variety of educational offerings such as:

- Formalized cross-disciplinary mentoring team to enhance career development and translational research

- Participation in Health Leadership Training through the Ivey School of Business

- Experience in undergraduate / graduate teaching and curriculum development

-  Monthly workshops on topics including grant writing, teaching skills, intellectual property and patent development, as well as specialty topics related to the person’s field of  interest

- Opportunities to present research at regional conferences to enhance local networking


Process & Regulations


CMHR Program Applications:

Application deadline is August 1, 2017 for applications for membership in the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research (CMHR)  for the academic term beginning in September 2017.

Applicants must be accepted by a primary supervisor who is a member of the Bone and Joint Initiative and Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research (CMHR). and be registered, or in the process of registration, with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western

Transdisciplinary Training Award Applications:

The deadline for Transdisciplinary Training Awards is August 1, 2017

Awards will be valued at $20,000 / yr for PDFs and clinician scientists in training (normally for up to 2 years).

Awards will be transferred to a research account in the primary supervisor’s home Department/School, to be used to help fund: 1) the trainee, and 2) the trainee’s research program. The intent is that the funds will be used to offset a portion of the trainee’s stipend which is set by the trainee’s Department/School and/or Faculty. In the event that sufficient funds for the stipend already exist through other sources, the CMHR Award can be used at the discretion of the supervisors for expenses associated with the trainee’s research training.

PDFs and clinician scientists in training who receive external funding awards valued greater than $30,000 / yr will have the Transdisciplinary Bone & Joint Training Award funding reduced to $10,000 / yr.

Required Documentation

For CMHR Program Applications:

CMHR Application Form - PDFs

Candidate Curriculum Vitae 

Official Transcripts – graduate and/or health professional training

License – in the case of health professionals, a copy of the candidates Canadian license is required

For Transdisciplinary Training Awards:

i) the CMHR Application form and

ii) the Transdisciplinary Bone & Joint Training Award Application form 

A full list of documents trainees must submit include the following:

  1. Candidate Curriculum Vitae 
  2. Official Transcript (NOTE: Official transcripts for institutions other than Western in hardcopy by standard)
  3. Letter of support from CMHR Mentor (describe the research, research environment and why the candidate is a good fit)
  4. Letter of support from other (previous Supervisor)

The research proposal must be prepared in collaboration with a CMHR Mentor

The CMHR Mentor must be prepared to supervise the applicant, including providing the appropriate facilities/infrastructure, for the duration of the training

Letter of Reference from Mentors:  

Please upload the requested letters of reference to the program site on OWL 

You will see a link to your own Dropbox on this site.

Please identify the name of the Trainee in the title of the document. Alternatively Letters of Reference(PDF file) may be directly emailed to (please indicate student name in subject line).

The CMHR Training & Education Committee will review potential candidates and select successful applicants

Awards will be administered yearly, based on the trainee’s start date in the program (typically September or January).

Funds must be used within 12 months of the award, at which time a report must be submitted to CMHR describing use of the funds (template will be provided).