Welcome to the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Application system for Hosts.
Fields with a '*' must be completed.

Please note: the online webform for host 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.

Part 1: Host information
Primary supervisor
Secondary host contact
Part 2: Office information

Please contact us at policyfellowship@mitacs.ca to discuss hosting fellows at locations outside of those listed above.

Please note that it is recommended that fellows be placed at the host office location. Some exceptions may apply and should be discussed with Mitacs staff in advance.
Part 3: Canadian Science Policy Fellowship position overview
Science, in this context, is meant to encompass all disciplines including social science, and whether doing qualitative or quantitative research.

Description of position(s)

Describe the position or role of your prospective science policy fellow. Please include a description of the policy issue or challenge the fellow will be working on, and the general anticipated scope of the fellow’s work.

In describing the scope of work, you may wish to include:

  • Your department’s/office’s goals for the year
  • An overview of the types of responsibilities the fellow might take on, including any projects the fellow might lead or files they may be involved in
  • A brief description of how your department/office will benefit from a fellow with an academic background

Policy processes and activities:

Describe the type of policy engagement and anticipated activities the fellow might experience:

  • Please describe the policy processes that the fellow will be involved in (e.g. problem framing, policy formation, supporting decision-making, policy implementation, monitoring & evaluation)
  • Please also describe the policy activities that the fellow may be supporting (e.g. preparation of briefing and speaking notes, senior decision-maker briefing, supporting work of committees, stakeholder meetings, consultation management)

Fellowship supports

Describe the anticipated processes or practices in place to support the success of the fellowship.  

You may wish to include:

  • Accountability and/or reporting structure to monitor the success of the fellow throughout the fellowship period
  • Mentoring and guidance from host office staff
  • Anticipated skills development and/or exposure to government work
  • Opportunities to engage in a wide range of internal and external professional development and/or government training activities
Part 4: Science policy skills and competencies

Direct experience is defined as acquiring knowledge through directly participating in an activity and may be different from training.

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 the competencies required of the fellow will ensure a good match between your goals and the goals of your prospective fellow.

Part 5: Fellow qualifications
Please provide any academic specializations you/your office may prefer, i.e. physics, mechanical engineering, sociology etc. Please note that Mitacs cannot guarantee that candidates from specific academic disciplines or specific specializations will apply to the fellowship call, nor that candidates from specific academic disciplines or with specific specializations will be successful in the competition.
Part 6