Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowships
Note: This Call for Proposals is only available to PhD students enrolled at a university located in British Columbia. The Mitacs-Accelerate program is available at all Canadian universities and may be scaled to accommodate longer collaborations. If you are interested in applying from a university outside of British Columbia please see the general Mitacs-Accelerate program guide here.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Mitacs for an administrative pre-review and feedback of their proposal draft a minimum of 7 days before the deadline date. If you are working with a Mitacs Business Development Director, they may review your draft. If you do not work with a Mitacs representative, you may send your proposal draft to firstname.lastname@example.org for informal review and feedback.
A Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowship application is comprised of the following documents:
- The proposal completed on the prepared template and submitted electronically. Proposals should be written in plain language but should also include relevant technical detail. All proposals must be submitted either as a Word document or as a saved PDF. Scanned PDFs of the proposal form will not be accepted.
- The Memorandum signed by all partners (the intern, academic supervisor, partner supervisor and a representative from the Office of Research Services*). The Memorandum is accepted as a scanned PDF or other image document.
- A current C.V. of the proposed intern (C.V. template is available if needed )
- Conflict of Interest Declaration form if applicable. (See the Conflict of Interest section in the Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowship Program Guide.)
- Supporting documents if applicable. Additional documents may be required to support the proposal application. The proposal template outlines when these documents are needed.
* Academic supervisors must request approval from their Office of Research Services, and the approval signature must be included on the Memorandum submitted with the proposal. Please ensure you contact them early to determine if there are specific internal deadlines for their review and approval prior to the Call for Proposals deadline date.
Complete proposals are to be submitted via email to: accelerate(at)mitacs.ca by no later than midnight (PST) March 27, 2013.
- Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowship Program Guide
- Mitacs-Accelerate BC PhD Fellowships Proposal template
- Intern C.V template
- Conflict of Interest Declaration
- Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions
Mitacs-Accelerate gratefully acknowledges the support of the Networks of Centres of Excellence’s IRDI Program and Western Economic Diversification. The program is also made possible through the financial support of the Government of British Columbia.
Frequently Asked accelerate Questions
Mitacs works to connect industry with the most appropriate university expertise to solve challenges identified by the company. With the large number of potential interns seeking industrial partners, Mitacs cannot offer individualized matching to a particular researcher however, you can consult our suggestions as to how to go about finding a partner company.
Normally interns are expected to spend at least 50% of their internship with the company at their site(s). If your host company is in a remote location or there are other unique circumstances that challenge the interaction, you may request flexibility for a lower ratio of interaction with the company. Please consult with your business development representative while writing your proposal.
Although Mitacs does not have any restrictions, many other granting agencies do not allow fellowship and studentship recipients to hold certain grants concurrently. Please check with the relevant council or agency for current information regarding your specific grant prior to applying.
The vast majority of Mitacs-Accelerate Internships are funded in part by the national IRDI program, which limits industrial partners to privately owned or incorporated for-profit Canadian companies. In some regions, there may be additional funding from other sources to support a limited number of partnerships with not-for-profit or government entities. Please contact a Business Development representative in your region to determine if such funding is available.
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My Mitacs-Accelerate internship gave me a unique opportunity to undertake a research project in industry. The project was not only relevant to my research interests but also in the immediate interest of the industrial partner. The internship helped me to gain an appreciation of the research problems in the industry and their significance. Additionally, it helped me to expand my network and help others expand theirs. Finally, I encourage both companies and students alike to use this unique opportunity to pursue technical challenges and above all, build fruitful relationships that will last for a long time.