Mitacs

Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world – to create a more innovative Canada. Mitacs programs are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in any academic discipline. International students are welcome.

If you have any questions about either Mitacs Accelerate or Elevate, please contact Allison Brennan (mitacsbd@sfu.ca). She is available to meet with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members at all three SFU campuses.

Mitacs Accelerate
Mitacs Accelerate supports collaborative research between universities and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. The program is open to Canadian and international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in all academic disciplines. 

  • For Master's, PhD & Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Funding starts at $15,000 per four month internship, including a minimum $10,000 intern stipend/salary
  • Proposal are accepted anytime 
  • Applications are non competitive

Before applying: 

  • Browse the Mitacs projects database and Accelerate projects seeking interns 
  • Speak to your supervisor about the internship opportunity 
  • Indentify a non-academic partner who can contribute $7,500 per internship (matched by Mitacs). *for profit corporations and select not for profit organizations in Canada are eligible 
  • Confirm that you can spend 50 percent of the internship on site with the partner 
  • Contact: Allison Brennan (mitacsbd@sfu.ca) to confirm the eligibility of your non-academic partner and discuss your application

How to apply:

  • Write your proposal with your academic supervisor and partner organization. We recommend starting your proposal three months before the desired internship start date.
  • Get feedback on your proposal from Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca
  • Collect all required signatures via the SFU Signature Sheet
    • List your faculty supervisor as the Principal Investigator. The fellow should subsequently be listed in parentheses, e.g., "Principal Investigator: Supervisor Name (fellow: Fellow Name)."
    • Signature Sheets are signed by the supervisor, then their Chair/Director, and Dean. Once these signatures are secured, the Signature Sheet will be sent to ORS for final approval.
  • Email your proposal package to Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca for submission.

Mitacs Elevate
Mitacs Elevate
is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training program, along with a two year research project with a non-academic organization. The program is open to Canadian and international postdoctoral fellows in all academic disciplines. 

  •  Elevate awards are $55,000 per year for two years, including a minimum $50,000 fellow stipend/salary and the professional development curriculum 
  • Applications are accepted through a competitive call for proposals two-three times per year. For current deadlines see Mitacs Elevate 
  • Contact Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca for information on applying outside of an open application call

Before applying: 

  • Browse the Mitacs projects database
  • Identify a faculty supervisor
  • Identify a non-academic partner who can contribute $35,000 per year. *For-profit corporations and select not-for-profit organizations in BC are eligible
  • Confirm that you can spend 50 percent of the fellowship on site with the partner
  • Contact Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca to confirm the eligibility of your non-academic partner and discuss your application
How to apply: ·
  • Write your proposal with your academic supervisor and partner organization
  • Get feedback on your proposal from Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca
  • Submit an Intent to Apply by the posted deadline
  • Collect all required signatures via the SFU Signature Sheet
    • List your faculty supervisor as the Principal Investigator. The fellow should subsequently be listed in parentheses, e.g., "Principal Investigator: Supervisor Name (fellow: Fellow Name)."
    • Signature Sheets are signed by the supervisor, then their Chair/Director, and Dean. Once these signatures are secured, the Signature Sheet will be sent to ORS for final approval.
  • Submit your completed proposal package via the Mitacs website instructions or Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca

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Questions
Allison Brennan, Business Development Officer, Mitacs and SFU, mitacsbd@sfu.ca