Who is eligible? 

  • Students – from college students to undergrads and graduate students – and post-doctoral fellows at Mitacs partner colleges and universities in Canada
  • Recent graduates from a Canadian college or university, within two years of graduation (see the Accelerate FAQ page for more information about eligibility for recent grads) 
  • Full-time graduate students in select Mitacs partner countries (visit the Accelerate International tab for more details)
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students over the age of 18
  • All academic disciplines
  • For-profit corporations and eligible not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and hospitals in Canada
  • Under the Accelerate Entrepreneur initiative, eligible intern-owned start-ups at approved incubators. Contact accelerate@mitacs.ca to confirm your start-up’s eligibility.
  • For-profit businesses operating outside of Canada


  • Apply anytime
  • Six- to eight-week peer review
  • College students can do three four-month internships, master’s students can do up to four four-month internships and PhD students can do up to eight
  • The  Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship  supports longer-term projects for graduate students
  • Internships start at four months


  • Spend approximately 50% of the internship with the academic institution and 50% with the partner organization
  • Submit a final report and exit survey summarizing project results and experiences
  • Follow the Accelerate Code of Conduct


  • Apply your skills in a non-academic environment
  • Broaden your professional network
  • Get a stipend/salary starting at $10,000 per four-month period
  • Build out your CV with peer-reviewed research