Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Program (Mitacs)

In partnership with *Mitacs, 12-month paid fellowships are offered to qualified academics with a doctoral degree (PhD).  With a goal to support innovation in critical program areas across government, each September, host ministries provide hands-on experiential learning and equip academic researchers with the skills to address policy challenges to support program innovation. 

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship offers candidates exposure to a variety of potential career path opportunities, supplies government with access to highly specialized talent and expands networks within the broader research community.  

*Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years. Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

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 (PhD).

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

  • September - November:  Call for policy project submissions from host offices
  • January - February:  Call for fellow applications in partnership with Mitacs
  • February - April:  Mitacs adjudicates applications and creates short list for hosts’ review – interview and ranking commences with host offices
  • May - July:  Mitacs confirms fellowship placements and fellows prepare to relocate, if applicable 
  • September:  Fellowships begin, PSA hosts Orientation and oath taking session and Mitacs training program commences