Please note: Mitacs does not currently offer renewals or second-year fellowships. Current and past fellows are not eligible to apply for a subsequent year of the program.

See our How to Apply tab for more information on how to apply for a fellowship.

To be considered for a CSPF fellowship, eligible applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident*
  • Hold a PhD in any academic discipline at the start of the fellowship
  • Participate full-time in a 12-month fellowship at the host office
  • Secure accommodation in the host city and relocate to their host office as needed
  • Negotiate a leave of absence from their current employer, as applicable
  • Meet any additional requirements of their hosts, including (but not limited to) security clearance requirements
  • 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

* Please note that Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status is required to obtain a security clearance with a host office to begin a fellowship. 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.


In addition to the requirements listed above, faculty applicants must also:

If you have any questions about the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, please email the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship team.

See our How to Apply tab for more information on how to apply for a fellowship.

To host a CSPF fellow, host offices must:

  • Be an eligible federal or provincial government office:
    • Government of Canada
    • Government of Manitoba
    • Government of Quebec
  • Provide remuneration and employee benefits to the fellow, in the range of $70,000-$80,000 through an employment contract
  • Physically host the fellow at the appropriate office space
  • Accommodate fellow participation in Mitacs professional development opportunities, including travel costs should the fellow be located outside of Ottawa
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to the fellow throughout the fellowship, particularly during the onboarding phase

If you have any questions about the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, please email the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship team.

All Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship positions must offer full-time employment to a matched fellow for 12 months at a participating host office location.

Eligible CSPF positions must:

  • Offer a 12-month fellowship to a PhD holder in a host office location
  • Provide remuneration and employee benefits to the fellow in the range of $70,000-$80,000 through an employment contract
  • Be a policy-focused position addressing a clearly defined challenge that requires the advanced competencies and skills of a PhD holder
  • Demonstrate a clear reporting and mentoring structure for the fellow
  • Outline the processes of the host office (accountability practices, mentorship, or other professional opportunities, etc.) that can support the success of the fellowship

Download a sample host position here.

See our How to Apply tab for more information on how to apply for a fellowship.

If you have any questions about the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, please email the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship team.