The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship (CSPF) is a pilot program that fosters relationships between government and academic researchers in support of building policy capacity among program fellows and science capacity in government. Fellows learn how to apply their research-based skill sets in a public policy context, while government host offices gain access to current, specialized academic expertise to address unique policy challenges.

The program offers a 12-month immersive fellowship into government, where fellows contribute their expertise to a broad range of issues and policy activities. Throughout, Mitacs provides professional development, training and networking opportunities to enhance fellows’ policy-related knowledge, capabilities, and networks. The primary goals of the program are to:

• 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

The CSPF program is modeled after the successful Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS program, now in its 45th year, has developed an alumni network of over 3,000 fellows, many of whom have gone on to occupy leadership positions in government, academic, industry and not-for-profit sectors.


Fellows must:
• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
• Have a PhD from any discipline
• 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

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist January 27, 2019
Submission to Sponsor February 3, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.