A Mitacs Elevate Industrial PDF award consists of a $55,000 stipend and $10,000 in research funds to support the research project. Of this, at least $30,000 will come from an industrial partner who collaborating with the PDF. Participants are expected to work collaboratively on a research project of mutual interest with their industrial partner and spend at least 25% of their time over the year working at the company’s facilities. All participants in the Mitacs Elevate program will participate in a specially designed training program focused on enhancing professional development and fostering industrial engagement.
This program is designed as a two-year fellowship program, however renewal for a second year of funding is not guaranteed and is contingent on the degree to which PDFs participate in the program activities over the year, the outcomes of their efforts at engaging industry, the progress that is made on their research projects, and the continued government funding support for this program.
Prior to submitting an application please read the Elevate Program Guide for more information.
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The Mitacs Elevate program is unique because it encourages postdoctoral fellows to refine their research skills while also gaining experience connecting with professionals outside of academia. I have been able to further develop my communication and project management abilities through the various workshops offered through Elevate and have had a chance to use these skills to plan conferences and symposiums. As a result of participating in Elevate, I am more prepared for a wider variety of professional positions.