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 form. All applicants will receive an automated email confirming receipt of their application submission.


The call for hosts is now open!


Hosts

In order to be considered for the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, you must submit a complete application through the online CSPF Host Application form by the deadline of March 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Please note that the online form 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 form.

 

Preparing the position description 

Your CSPF Host Application form must include a position description for the year-long fellowship, stating:

  • 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

Review the Host Guidelines for a Successful Application for a checklist and other helpful details to consider for your application.

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.

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 form. All applicants will receive an automated email confirming receipt of their application submission.


The call for fellow applications will open on November 18, 2020.


Fellows


In order to be considered for the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program, you must submit a complete application through the online CSPF Fellow Application form by the deadline of February 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Completing your application package

A complete application includes the following:

  • Submission of the online CSPF application form with all fields filled in and all required documents uploaded
  • Two letters of reference (either uploaded, or emailed directly to policyfellowship@mitacs.ca)  

Review the Fellow Guidelines for a Successful Application for a checklist and other helpful details to strengthen your application. Please note that the online application form does not allow you to save your work and come back to it. Please ensure your answers are fully developed before starting the form.

Language of application

You must submit your application in the language(s) required for positions within the host locations for which you wish to be considered*

  • 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

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

Letters of reference

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 above so that your application is complete and eligible for consideration.