Postdoctoral Fellow eligibility: 

  • They are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international applicants
  • They are based at a academic institution located in Canada for the duration of the fellowship
  • Their date of graduation from a PhD program is less than five years to proposed start date of the Elevate project, unless:
    • Fellows have had a break in their career due to military service, illness, or family leave may be considered for exception and must be approved in advance of application
    • If this situation applies to you and/or you have any questions, please contact the Mitacs at elevate(at)
  • They have fulfilled all PhD degree requirements (e.g., successful defence, final deposit, and sign-off of dissertation), meet the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria at their host academic institution, hold a postdoctoral fellow status by the start date of their Mitacs Elevate fellowship (after result announcement and no later than February 9, 2022) and for the two-year duration of the Elevate program
  • They can commit to the two-year Mitacs Elevate fellowship, including the exclusive professional development curriculum. Replacement and/or substitute fellows are not allowed
  • Fellows who have held a Mitacs Accelerate award as a Masters or PhD student are eligible as long as they have not completed more than one year (three internship units equivalent) of Mitacs Accelerate at postdoctoral level. This must be completed before the start of the Mitacs Elevate fellowship
  • Fellows cannot apply to multiple Mitacs programs for the same period of time. 

Fellows are ineligible if they have: 

  • Been employed for more than six months in an R&D position outside the academic institution after receipt of their doctoral degree;
  • Received an offer of employment from the proposed partner organization except an offer of this fellowship or short-term employment of up to six months while awaiting a decision on the Mitacs Elevate fellowship;
  • Completed more than one year (three internship units equivalent) of Mitacs Accelerate at the postdoctoral level before the start of the Elevate fellowship; and 
  • Previously held a Mitacs Elevate award. Fellows who have completed Mitacs Elevate are also ineligible for Mitacs Accelerate. 
  • If the application is not recommended for an award, fellows may not be eligible to apply again if they have accumulated more than six months of industrial or partner organization work. It is recommended that fellows accept a temporary contract only if necessary and that the period is kept as short as possible. 


Questions about Mitacs Elevate eligibility? Contact a Mitacs representative


Find out how to apply here