A faculty applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Citizenship eligibility may differ for individual projects; applicants are responsible for confirming their eligibility prior to applying
  • Be a faculty member at a Canadian university
  • Negotiate a leave of absence or sabbatical from the university if they choose to pursue a fellowship
  • Meet any additional requirements as dictated by their hosts, including (but not limited to) security clearance
  • Relocate and secure accommodations, as needed
  • Be able to participate full-time in the 12-month fellowship at the host’s location

 

A postdoctoral applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Citizenship eligibility may differ for individual projects; applicants are responsible for confirming their eligibility prior to applying
  • Hold a PhD in any academic discipline at the start of the fellowship
    • An applicant must have obtained their PhD no more than five years before their fellowship start date. Applicants who have had a break in their career due to military service, illness, or family leave may be considered as exceptions. If this situation applies to you and/or you have any questions, please contact Mitacs at policyfellowship(at)mitacs.ca.
  • Negotiate a leave of absence from their current employer (if applicable)
  • Meet any additional requirements as dictated by their hosts, including (but not limited to) security clearance
  • Relocate and secure accommodations, as needed
  • Be able to participate full-time in the 12-month fellowship at the host’s location
  • Prospective fellows cannot apply to multiple Mitacs programs for the same period of time.

 

A host must:

  • Be a federal or provincial government entity
  • Provide remuneration to the fellow, as advised by Mitacs
  • Physically host the fellow at the appropriate office space
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to the fellow throughout the project

 

Project proposals must:

  • Provide a description of the policy project
  • Follow the guidelines and template provided
  • Be suitable for the advanced expertise of a PhD level researcher
  • Include the fellow’s proposed policy activities, such as:
    • Design, implementation, or evaluation of policy
    • Stakeholder meetings and/or consultation management
    • Parliamentary committee support
    • Senior decision-maker briefings
    • Preparation of briefing and speaking notes