Welcome to the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Application system for fellows.  A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Completed webform (below)
    All fields marked with '*' must be completed.
  2. Two letters of recommendation (attached via the webform or emailed to policyfellowship@mitacs.ca)

Please note: the online webform for fellow applications does not allow you to save your work and come back to it. Please ensure your answers are fully developed before starting the webform.
All applicants will receive an automated electronic message confirming receipt of their application submission.

Submit your application in the language(s) required for positions that you wish to be considered for:

• To be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Canada, you may submit a complete application using either the English or French fellow application webforms
• To be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Manitoba, you must submit a complete application using the English fellow application webform
• To be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Quebec, you must submit a complete application using the French fellow application webform
• To be considered for a fellowship with the City of Montreal, you must submit a complete application using the English or French fellow application webforms

If you’d like to be considered for all open positions with all eligible host governments (Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba, Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal), please submit two complete applications using both the English webform and the French webform.

Please note that Mitacs does not guarantee that fellowships will be available in all host cities.

Part 1: Eligibility requirements

As a preliminary step, the following set of questions will determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program:

Please note that Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status is required to obtain a security clearance with a host office. Citizenship requirements may differ for individual host offices. All applicants must have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency prior to the start of the interview process (May 2020) to be considered for the 2020-21 fellowship.
Except for the PhD defense, all applicants must have completed the requirements of their PhD by August 31, 2020.
All current Mitacs employees are ineligible for CSPF fellowships, including full-time, part-time, temporary employees, and paid interns. This covers employment at any time during the application process.
CSPF fellowships cannot be held concurrently with other Mitacs awards. If you are currently participating in a Mitacs program, whether as an Intern, Postdoctoral Fellow, Academic Supervisor or representative of an Industrial Partner, the award term end date must be no later than August 31, 2020.
Prospective fellows cannot apply to multiple Mitacs programs for the same period of time.
Current CSPF fellows and CSPF alumni are not eligible to re-apply to the program. CSPF is a one-year fellowship program.
Part 2: Applicant information

Mitacs collects self-identification information for reporting to funders, for program planning and development, and for an accurate understanding of equity representation of underrepresented groups. Answering these questions is optional, and applicants can choose all items that apply. The information is collected in aggregate and not linked to individuals. It will not be used as part of the adjudication process.

Our definitions are drawn from federal and provincial government offices, such as Statistics Canada, government legislation such as the Employment Equity Act, as well as associations representing underrepresented groups, such as the National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS). If you have questions or concerns, please contact policyfellowship@mitacs.ca.

  • Gender refers to the gender that a person internally feels “(‘gender identity’ along the gender spectrum) and/or the gender a person publicly expresses (‘gender expression’) in their daily life, including at work, while shopping or accessing other services, in their housing environment or in the broader community. A person’s current gender may differ from the sex a person was assigned at birth (male or female) and may differ from what is indicated on their current legal documents. A person’s gender may change over time.
  • An Indigenous person in Canada is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis or Inuit, cultural, and/or ancestral background.
  • A person in a visible minority group is someone (other than an Indigenous person) who is non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.
  • A person with a disability refers to impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which one lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities may require interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.

Any questions or concerns that you have regarding self-identification can be directed to policyfellowship@mitacs.ca.

Part 3: Academic background
Except for the PhD defense, all applicants must have completed the requirements of their PhD by August 31, 2020.
Please state your specific discipline, i.e. physics, mechanical engineering, sociology etc.
Text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Part 4: Fellowship requirements
Please select all locations where you are willing to work. Flexibility in your placement location may increase your chances of being successful in the competition.
Part 5: Summary of experience
Please list your publications, patents, or other types of research contributions. Faculty applicants may wish to include only their most recent, relevant, or significant contributions. You should select the contributions that best demonstrate exceptional competence in your specialty, appropriate to your career stage. Maximum 250 words: text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Please list the awards you have received in recognition of your research activities. Maximum 250 words: text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Describe your past research experience in such a way that a non-specialist, non-scientific audience can understand your experience and contributions to your field. Maximum 250 words: text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Describe previous experience that demonstrates your leadership capacity, willingness to take initiative, and/or problem-solving skills. Include your involvement in non-research activities that shows an interest and flexibility to address policy issues outside your scientific expertise, including any experience you may have working with stakeholders outside of the scientific community. Maximum 250 words: text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Describe your written and verbal communication skills and experience as they relate to this program. Include any experience you have in conveying scientific knowledge to non-scientific audiences or decision-makers, and/or working with individuals or groups outside of the scientific community. Maximum 250 words: text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Describe why you are applying to the program. You may wish to discuss how you anticipate that your scientific training can be used to support a range of non-scientific issues, how this experience might be used in your future or how it may serve society. Maximum 250 words: text entered after the 250-word limit will not be captured in your final submission.
Part 6: Policy skills and competencies

The information provided here is not used in the adjudication of your application. This section is intended to help host offices identify candidates that best align with the needs of the anticipated activities throughout the fellowship.

The skills provided below are based on the work of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) at the European Commission. The JRC’s Skills for Evidence-informed Policymaking: Continuous Professional Development Framework identifies essential skill sets required to succeed at the science-policy interface. Indicating your current competencies and goals for additional skills development will ensure a good match between your goals and the goals of your prospective host office.

Candidates should be prepared to elaborate upon any direct experience identified in this section if they are selected for an interview with a host office. For the purposes of this application, direct experience is defined as knowledge and/or skills acquired through direct participation in an activity, typically obtained over a sustained period, and may be different from training.

Part 7: Letters of recommendation

Please ensure that at least one of your letters of recommendation addresses comments around the quality of your research work and experience. The second letter should focus more on your suitability for the program (for example, leadership experience and potential, communication skills, capacity to make connections between research and broader economic, social or political issues, etc.). 

Please upload the following documents to complete your application below. 

If your referees wish to submit their letters of support directly to Mitacs, they can email them by the application deadline to policyfellowship@mitacs.ca.

Your referees should be aware of the deadline (February 5, 2020 at midnight PT) so that your application is complete and can be considered.

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