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Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship


Work full-time in a participating host office for 12-months (September-August) at an annual salary of $70,000-$80,000


The Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship places PhD holders in government host offices for a 12-month immersion into the policy-making process. Fellows apply their academic training, critical thinking, and analytical skills to support evidence-informed decision-making that addresses policy challenges within participating federal host offices. Hosts gain valuable science-based knowledge and build the professional skills of participating fellows.

Eligible Applicants

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

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • 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. The interview process starts in May of the year of the fellowship.
  • Hold a PhD in any academic discipline at the start of the fellowship
  • Be able to 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.

To host a CSPF fellow, host offices must:

  • Be an eligible federal government office
  • Provide remuneration and employee benefits to the fellow, in the range of $70,000-$80,000 annually through an employment contract
  • Physically host the fellow at the appropriate office space (Note: if COVID-19 restrictions remain in place in September 2021, arrangements to carry out the fellowship virtually may be required)
  • 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

Eligible Expenses

By participating in the fellowship, fellows get the training and first-hand experience needed to address challenges of national public importance. Through the fellowship, fellows:

  • Work full-time in a participating host office for 12-months (September-August) at an annual salary of $70,000-$80,000
  • Attend professional development training and networking opportunities with their peers throughout the year
  • Learn about policy-making in the public service through professional hands-on experience
  • Apply their academic expertise and skills to public issues of concern
  • Host offices provide positions to fellows that support key policy challenges in their departments. By participating, hosts:

Provide a range of policy tasks to their fellows, such as policy development, stakeholder engagement, and creating and maintaining key policy documents

  • Grow their access to specialized expertise and the most up-to-date knowledge available in academia
  • Increase the policy capacity within their department
  • Support a growing body of researchers uniquely trained to address key policy challenges

Deadline Date

  The call for hosts is now open. Application deadline is March 1, 2023.


Contact Name: Canadian Science Policy Fellowship team

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