Welcome to the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship application for hosts.


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.
  • The below webform is primarily designed for in-person fellowships. Should restrictions around COVID-19 persist, placements may have to be carried out virtually.
  • Fields with a ‘*’ must be completed.
  • For questions about the form, please contact policyfellowship@mitacs.ca
  • Deadline for the CSPF host application is March 1, 2022.
Part 1: Host information
Primary supervisor
Secondary host contact, if applicable
Part 2: Office information
Part 3: Canadian Science Policy Fellowship position overview

Science, in this context, is meant to encompass all disciplines including social sciences, and whether doing qualitative or quantitative research. Positions are meant to be one-year placements.

Description of position

In the section below, you will be asked to describe the position or role of your prospective science policy fellow. This description will be provided to prospective fellows to review at the interview stage. (If you are submitting two different positions/roles, please fill out a separate form for each one.)

General scope of the anticipated work

This section specifically refers to 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 a doctoral background

Policy processes and activities

This section specifically refers to the policy aspect of the position. 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
  • 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 JRCs 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 help ensure a good match between your goals and the goals of your prospective fellow.

Part 5: Fellow qualifications

Preferred policy and/or research expertise

Please enter 3-5 keywords to encapsulate the policy and/or research expertise you are looking for in your ideal fellow candidate. For example, machine learning, climate change, food security, sustainable development, global health/OneHealth. These keywords will be used to identify a shortlist of candidates best suited for your position.

Preferred academic specialization

Please provide any academic specializations you/your office may prefer, e.g., physics, mechanical engineering, sociology, etc.

Please note: 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.