A faculty applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Citizenship requirements may differ for individual host offices; this will be accommodated in the fellow and host matching process
  • 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 to their host office and secure accommodations, as needed 
  • Be able to participate full-time in the 12-month fellowship at the host’s location

 

A non-faculty applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Citizenship requirements may differ for individual host offices; this will be accommodated in the fellow and host matching process
  • Hold a PhD in any academic discipline at the start of the fellowship
  • 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 to their host office 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; currently accepting Government of Canada, Government of BC, Government of QC host office applications
  • Provide remuneration to the fellow, as advised by Mitacs
  • Physically host the fellow at the appropriate office space
  • Accommodate fellow participation in program professional development opportunities
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to the fellow throughout the fellowship

 

Prospective host offices must:

  • Provide a description of the position the fellow will take on
  • Provide a position that is suitable for the advanced expertise of a PhD level researcher
  • Include a description of 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