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Pursuit Awards 

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Bloorview Research Institute recognizes outstanding PhD students and recent alumni each year for their exemplary contributions and achievements to the field of childhood disability research through the annual Pursuit Awards International competition.

Each year, some of the country and world’s top young minds apply to the prestigious award competition, showcasing their research and its impact in pediatric disability.

The top three candidates, chosen by an esteemed judging panel of scientists, staff and family leaders, will be announced at a ceremony during the annual Ward Research Day on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

The first-place recipient will receive $3,000.
The second-place recipient will receive $2,000.
The third-place recipient will receive $1,000.

The annual Pursuit Awards are made possible through the generosity of The Ward Family Foundation, Holland Bloorview Foundation donors and the Bloorview Research Institute.

Application Process for the 2023 Pursuit Award

Applications for the 2023 Pursuit Award are open now.


We encourage you to apply if your PhD research is focused on pediatric disability and you are a:

  • Current PhD student (less than six months away from defense); OR
  • Postdoctoral trainee (within one year of receiving PhD); OR
  • Recent graduate (within one year of receiving their PhD).


Finalists are evaluated based on significance of research results, methodological rigour, empirical content, and impact and relevance to the field of childhood disability.

Application Deadline

Email your application package to by Friday, April 14, 2023 @ 5 p.m. EST.


Download application package

2023 Pursuit Award Application Package