We welcome application submissions from prospective fellows and hosts on an annual call cycle running from fall throughout winter.

Applications are received through a concurrent, double-blind process. Fellows apply to the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, and host offices apply to host a fellow for the upcoming cohort year running from September to August.

Fellows and hosts must submit an application through an online webform. All applicants will receive an automated electronic message confirming receipt of their application submission.


The call for fellows and hosts is now open.


Fellows

1. Submit a complete application through the online Fellow Application webform prior to the call deadline of February 5, 2020

A complete application includes the following:

  • Online submission in the webform with all fields filled in and all required documents uploaded
  • Two letters of reference (either uploaded, or emailed directly to policyfellowship@mitacs.ca)  

Please note that the online webform for fellow applications does not allow you to save your work and come back to it. Please ensure your answers are fully developed before starting the webform.

2. Two Letters of Reference are required for an application to be considered complete

  • One letter should address the quality of your research work and experience
  • The other letter should focus on your suitability for the program by highlighting your leadership experience, communication skills, and capacity to make connections between academic research and broader economic, social, or political issues

If your referees wish to submit their letters of support directly to Mitacs, they must email them to policyfellowship@mitacs.ca.  If you choose this option, please ensure your referees are aware of the deadline so that your application is complete and eligible for consideration.  

3. Submit your application in the language(s) required for positions within the host locations that you wish to be considered for* 

  • To be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Canada, you may submit a complete application using either the English or French fellow application webforms
  • To be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Manitoba, you must submit a complete application using the English fellow application webform
  • To be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Quebec, you must submit a complete application using the French fellow application webform

Please submit two complete applications using both the English and the French webforms if you wish to be considered for a fellowship with the Government of Quebec and the Governments of Canada and/or Manitoba.

*Please note that Mitacs does not guarantee that fellowships will be available in all host cities.  

4. Review the Fellow Guidelines for a Successful Application for an application completeness checklist and other helpful details to consider for your application to the Mitacs Canadian Science Fellowship program

We welcome application submissions from prospective fellows and hosts on an annual call cycle running from fall throughout winter.

Applications are received through a concurrent, double-blind process. Fellows apply to the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, and host offices apply to host a fellow for the upcoming cohort year running from September to August.

Fellows and hosts must submit an application through an online webform. All applicants will receive an automated electronic message confirming receipt of their application submission.


The call for fellows and hosts is now open.


Hosts

1. Submit a complete application through the online Host Application webform prior to the call deadline of March 4, 2020

Please note that the online webform for host applications does not allow you to save your work and come back to it. Please ensure your answers are fully developed before starting the webform.

2. Ensure your application includes an eligible position description for the year-long fellowship

The position description should include:

  • The policy issue/challenge and general scope of work
  • Policy processes that the fellow will be involved in (e.g., problem framing, policy formulation, supporting decision making, policy implementation, monitoring & evaluation)
  • Policy activities that the fellow may support (e.g., preparation of briefing and speaking notes, senior decision maker briefings, supporting work of committees, stakeholder meetings and/or consultation management)
  • Competencies and professional expectations of the fellow
  • Reporting structure for the fellow
  • Processes in your office (accountability practices, mentorship, or other professional opportunities, etc.) that can support the success of the fellowship

3. Review the Host Guidelines for a Successful Application for an application completeness checklist and other helpful details to consider for your application to the Mitacs Canadian Science Fellowship program

Please note that fellows will not see your position description until you have contacted them for an interview during the interview stage of the process.

Application Timeline


November – February: Open call for fellow applications 

  • Prospective fellows submit their applications and letters of reference to Mitacs
  • All applicants will receive an automated electronic message confirming receipt of their application

November – March: Open call for host applications 

  • Prospective host offices submit their position descriptions to Mitacs
  • All applicants will receive an automated electronic message confirming receipt of their application

February – April: Adjudication

  • All submitted applications are reviewed to ensure that prospective fellows and host positions meet the program eligibility criteria
  • Applicants will be notified of their application status in April, once adjudication is complete

May: Interviewing 

  • Host offices review shortlist of semi-finalist applications and select fellows for interviews
  • Mitacs will contact the selected fellows and share the host office position description in advance of the interview
  • Hosts and fellows will set up a remote interview based on mutual availability. Travel costs for in-person interviews are not covered as they can be conducted remotely

June – July: Matching 

  • Mitacs confirms matches and fellows prepare to relocate, where applicable
  • Hosts prepare an employment agreement with their HR department in accordance with the CSPF eligible position requirements
  • Fellows negotiate and sign an employment agreement with their host office

August - September: Fellowships begin 

  • Fellowships begin; hosts and fellows attend Orientation and training program commences

See our Program Administration tab for an overview of our adjudication and matching processes, participant guidelines, program deliverables and other program information. 

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