Canadian Science Policy Fellowship (CSPF)
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The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship (CSPF) is now accepting applications from prospective fellows interested in undertaking a 12-month policy position within a Canadian government host office.
- Forge strong relationships between government and academia
- Contribute to science policy capacity in government
- Develop a network of expertise in science policy among academic researchers
- Contribute to evidence-informed decision making in the Canadian public service
Eligible applicants must be:
- Faculty members at Canadian universities or PhD graduates
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents (Citizenship requirements may differ for individual host offices; this will be accommodated in the fellow and host matching process)
- Able to negotiate a leave of absence from their university or employer, as applicable
Can also be a professor at a Mitacs Full or Associate Partner university
Be able to commit to a full-time 12-month fellowship and relocate to the host office location if necessary
Be passionate about learning how science is implicated in policy-making
Fellows receive remuneration that reflects their qualifications and is commensurate with comparable employment within the public service, typically in the range of $70,000–$80,000 per year. Fellows who are faculty members may receive this remuneration as a stipend to cover their housing and living expenses while at the host location.
Individual remuneration may vary depending on the host office, which is also responsible for providing the fellow with any additional benefits that may be afforded to employees.
The 2019 cohort of fellowships will begin in September 2019. Approved fellows receive remuneration from their host offices and professional development training and networking events facilitated by Mitacs.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
How to Apply
- Applications must be submitted through the fellow webform.
- Two letters of reference are required. One letter of support should address comments around the quality of your research work and experience. The other letter should focus more on your suitability for the program (for example, leadership experience and potential, communication skills, capacity to make connections between scientific research and broader economic, social, or political issues).
- If your references wish to submit their letters of support directly, they must email firstname.lastname@example.org (by February 3, 2019). If you choose this option, ensure your references are aware of the deadline so that your application is complete and eligible for consideration.
- Fellow applicants are encouraged to review the fellow application guidelines prior to submitting their application.