MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowships

MITACS Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with an exclusive professional development curriculum component. Fellows address complex challenges through:

  • A two-year research project with a partner organization in need of high-level expertise
  • A professional development curriculum that prepares Elevate fellows for success as leaders in research and industry

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, fellows divide their time between their partner organization's project and academic institution-based research with their academic supervisor.

Elevate fellows receive:

  • A $55,000 minimum annual stipend/salary
  • An exclusive professional development curriculum valued at $4,000 per year
  • Proposal assistance, including application feedback, from Mitacs representatives
  • Certificate of completion after receipt of their exit survey and final report submission


For Elevate thematic funding opportunity, a total research grant of $80,000 per year is available for projects addressing at least one of the key priority sectors of artificial intelligence, biomanufacturing, clean tech, or quantum science

  • Fellows receive a $70,000 minimum annual stipend/salary and an exclusive professional development curriculum valued at $4,000 per year 
  • Partner organizations contribute $40,000 per year 
  • This includes stipend support for fellows and up to $10,000 per year in research costs for equipment, additional research personnel, conference travel, and publishing costs 

For more information, please visit the website. 

Please note the Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure Process for MITACS’ Elevate Program

For Academic Supervisors:

  • Only supporting documentation resulting from SFU’s COI disclosure process should be submitted at the same time when the application is submitted. MITACS’ COI declaration form is not required.  Academic Supervisors’ COIs are evaluated during the application review period and outcomes of both application and COI disclosure process are issued together.

Important note

Academic Supervisor and Partner Organization Contact cannot be the same person.

For Interns:

Important note:

SFU’s COI disclosure process still applies here, regardless of the separate COI disclosure process determined by the sponsor.

SFU Instructions

Internal Deadline: January 12, 2022 at 5pm PT. 

Sponsor's Deadline: January 19, 2022 at 5pm PT. 

SFU Signature Sheet and fully signed proposal are due to no later than January 12, 2022 at 5pm PT. Applicant (not ORS) submits the application package to the sponsor. Please follow the submission instructions available here. There is no overhead for MITACS applications. 


Upcoming Deadlines

January 19, 2022January 19, 2022 Verified Date
January 12, 2022 Jan. 12, 2022 January 12, 2022 16:00:00 January 12, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowships MITACS Elevate is a fellowship available to postdocs in all disciplines, which can provide critical career and skills training to postdoctoral fellows through real-world collaborations. Postdoctoral fellows can apply for two years of funding valued at $60,000/year. For Fall 2021 Thematic Call, sector-specific experts in artificial intelligence, cleantech, quantum science, and biomanufacturing are eligible for funding of $80,000/year. MITACS is also offering enhanced funding ratios through their Indigenous Pathways program and SME reduced cost offering. Key dates: • Application portal will open at the end of November • Internal university deadline is January 12, 2022 at 5pm PT • Application submission deadline to MITACS is January 19, 2022, at 5pm PT .