Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship






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. 

Maximum Project Value

Fellows receive a stipend/salary of at least $50,000 per year.  Partners contribute $25,000 per year and Mitacs contributes $30,000 per year for a total grant of $55,000 per year. This includes support for fellows and up to $5,000 in research costs for equipment, additional research personnel, conference travel and publication. A $5,000 contribution from the academic supervisor or university is required (mandatory) in lieu of provincial funding. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Two years. Projects must start by September 15, 2016.

Special Notes

Applicants in all disciplines are encouraged to apply; however, the majority of grants will be targeted towards provincial priority areas – refer to Who is Eligible - Supervisors and Postdoctoral Fellows


Letter of Intent Deadline

March 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Applicant submits LOI to:




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

Internal Deadline

Applicant submits application, including signed memorandum along with a signed OR-5 form (supervisor) to:

External Deadline

Applicant submits application package to:

How to Apply

Elevate Program
Intent to Apply
How to Apply

For Questions, please contact


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Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
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