Elevate Winter Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Students

Mitacs has opened applications for its Elevate winter Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Students in 2021. The deadline to submit intent to apply is January 13, 2021 while the final application deadline: February 10, 2021.

About the Elevate Winter Fellowship Program

Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) with a customized research management training component. Fellows address complex challenges through:

  • An exclusive research management curriculum for postdoctoral fellows in any discipline
  • A minimum one-year research project (normally two years in duration) with a partner organization in need of high-level expertise
  • A Partner Organization Business Case, developed to outline project objectives, risks, and stakeholder success criteria, and ensure project value

Elevate fellows progress through the program in a cohort, giving them cross-disciplinary networking and peer-learning opportunities they might not have otherwise in their careers.


Over the two-year fellowship, Elevate fellows divide their time between their partner organization project and university-based research with their faculty supervisor.

The Elevate fellows receive:

  • $55,000 minimum annual stipend/salary (for fellowships awarded after April 1, 2018)
  • Training curriculum valued at $7,500 per year
  • Submission assistance, including application feedback, from Mitacs representatives
  • Certificate of completion after receipt of their exit survey and final report submission

Eligibility Criteria

Below are the eligible criteria for the fellowship

  • Elevate supervisors must hold a faculty position at a Canadian university and must be eligible to administer Tri-Council funds and be in a position that allows them to supervise graduate students.
  • Applicants can be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or international applicants. However, the fellow must be based at a university located in Canada for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Fellows must be committed to the two-year fellowship, including the training and development, when applying to Elevate. Replacement and/or substitute fellows are not allowed.
  • Postdoctoral fellows may apply for Mitacs Elevate fellowship if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than 5 years prior to the proposed start date the research project.  Fellows who have had a break in their career due to military service, illness, or family leave may be considered as exceptions and must be approved in advance of proposal submission. If this situation applies to you and/or you have any questions, please contact Mitacs at elevate(at)mitacs.ca.
  • Successful candidates must have fulfilled all degree requirements (e.g., successful defense, final deposit, and sign-off of dissertation) for their PhD at time of project start date.
  • All fellows who successfully enter into the Elevate program are responsible for ensuring that they meet the PDF eligibility criteria at their host institution and that they will hold a PDF status by the start date of their fellowship and for the two-year duration of the Elevate program.


For more details about the eligibility criteria, click here.

How to Apply for the Elevate Winter Fellowship Program

For more information on how to apply for the fellowship, click here.

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