Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Mitacs Elevate is a two-year training program for postdoctoral fellows, in which participants lead and undertake an industrially relevant research project in any discipline. During this time, fellows receive experiential training in R&D directly through their industry-academic research collaboration and leadership training and business acumen through the program’s training curriculum. With a suite of skills development workshops and activities unique to Mitacs Elevate, fellows learn about communication, leadership & management and other critical business skills relevant to R& D management careers in academia and industry. These training opportunities complement fellows’ specialized expertise and ensure they are ready to lead large-scale research project throughout their careers


Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than 5 years prior to the proposed start date of the research project. Fellows who have held an Accelerate award as a Master’s or PhD student are also eligible to apply. Postdoctoral Fellows who have previously held an Elevate award are not eligible. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international applicants are eligible to apply. They must be based at a university located in the same province as the partner organization for the duration of the fellowship. New! Effective January 2015 Open to both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit (NF)) organizations, such as industry associations, charitable organizations, and economic development organizations.

Maximum Project Value

$57,500 per year for two years as well as mandatory training ($15,000 non-cash value over two years). Partners contribute $25,000 per year for two years.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Applicants in all disciplines are encouraged to apply; however, the majority of grants will be targeted towards provincial priority areas – refer to the list in the Program Guide (see link below)


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline


Application Package (see checklist) which includes: 

  • Signed OR-5 (supervisor),
  • Application form,
  • Signed memorandum,
  • Three letters of support including one from an eligible partner organization, and
  • Any other supplementary documentation 

If references would like to send confidentially, they can email their letters directly to:

External Deadline
  • Letter of Intent: April 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm PDT Applicant submits (see link below)
  • EXTERNAL DEADLINE: May 13, 2015 1:00 pm PDT Applicant submits application package to:

How to Apply

For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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