Science Policy Fellowship Program (Mitacs)

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship program is a 12-month fellowship for PhD level researchers selected by the federal public service to participate in the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship.  This unique employment program provides participants a range of hands-on policy experience, engaging mentoring and networking opportunities while fostering business innovation, talent development and forming mutually beneficial linkages between government and academia .

The federal government works with a national university-based innovation network called “Mathematics of Information, Technology and Complex Systems” (Mitacs), who provide government departments with access to a highly specialized talent pool. The BC Public Service Agency administers the program in partnership with Mitacs.

Science Policy Fellows

Fellowships are 12-month auxiliary appointments from September to August. Science Policy Fellows abide by the Terms and Conditions of the BCGEU Collective Agreement, must swear the Oath of Employment, and abide by the Standards of Conduct.

This academic research position requires a doctoral degree.

Program participants are recruited in partnership with the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Program.  For more information about how to apply to the program email

For information about other employment opportunities in the provincial government visit our Current Job Opportunities.

Host offices

The success of the Fellowship placements relies in large part on the commitment and support of the host offices that welcome the fellows for their year-long fellowships.

With Executive support, host offices (ministries and/or agencies) are encouraged to submit policy project submissions to Mitacs annually.  

Types of projects may vary widely in topic.  The nature of the policy work should be challenging and aimed to move the policy project forward.  Each submission must be appropriate for the advanced expertise of a PhD level researcher.

The project submission template available at Mitacs Science Policy Fellowship.

Fellowship cycle

  • November - December: In partnership with the BCPSA, call for host offices’ policy project applications
  • January - February: Mitacs call for fellow applications
  • March- May: Mitacs adjudicates applications and creates short list for hosts’ to commence interview and ranking
  • June - July: Host offices finalize interviewing process and confirm offers to fellows
  • September: Fellowships begin, BCPSA hosts Orientation and Oath Taking session and Mitacs training program begins