2024 Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Deadline: Unspecified.

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

  • A one or 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 one or two-year fellowship, fellows divide their time between their partner organization’s project and academic institution-based research with their academic supervisor.


  • They are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international applicants. 
  • They are based at an academic institution (including colleges or polytechnics) located in Canada for the duration of the fellowship. 
  • Their date of graduation from a PhD program is less than five years to proposed start date of the Elevate project, unless:
    • Fellows who have had a break in their career due to military service, illness, or family leave may be considered exceptions and must be approved in advance of application 
    • If this situation applies to you or you have any questions, please contact Mitacs at elevate@mitacs.ca
  • They have fulfilled all PhD degree requirements (e.g., successful defence, final deposit, and sign-off of the dissertation), meet the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria at their home academic institution, hold a postdoctoral fellow status for the entire duration of their Mitacs Elevate fellowship. 
  • They can commit to the Mitacs Elevate fellowship, including the exclusive professional development curriculum. Replacement or substitute fellows are not allowed 
  • Elevate alumni that have completed a 1- or 2-year Elevate project will be able to apply for another Elevate project. Postdocs can only be funded for a maximum of 3 years 
  • Postdocs can complete nine internship units (typically 3 years) of Mitacs funding, including any combination of Elevate & Accelerate in any order (e.g. Accelerate after an Elevate; hold more than one Elevate). One year of Elevate counts as 3 internship units. 


Successful applicants receive a Mitacs Elevate award of $60,000 per year, for a total award of $120,000 for two-year projects, as well as the mandatory research management training curriculum. A minimum stipend/salary of $55,000 per year is allocated to the fellow, and up to $5,000 is allocated to research costs. Mitacs follows tri-council guidelines with respect to the use of funds towards eligible research costs. Awards are typically forwarded annually as a lump sum of $60,000 to the supervising faculty member, to be held as a research grant at their home academic institution, pending Mitacs’s receipt of the following:

  • the $30,000 annual partner contribution
  • any necessary documentation such as a Declaration of Conflict of Interest and/or other documentation as appropriate


  1. Connect with a Mitacs Advisor
    a. Get your Elevate application started here
    b. Refer to guidelines under Elevate downloads on how to write your proposal. IMPORTANT: When filling in the proposal, please make sure to follow the format provided. Changing or modifying the format provided may result in your application becoming ineligible.

  2.  Upload the following documents to your Elevate application:
       a. For postdoctoral fellow, please upload the following to your profile:

  • Postdoctoral fellow’s CV
  • One (1) recommendation letter* from a former supervisor or person familiar with the fellow’s research expertise 
  • Any supplementary documents as applicable
    b. For academic supervisor, please upload the following to your profile:
  • Proposed academic supervisor’s CV 
  • One (1) recommendation letter* from the proposed academic supervisor 
  • Any supplementary documents as applicable

        c. For partner organization, please upload the following to your profile:

  • One (1) recommendation letter* from an eligible partner organization including financial contribution in dollar amount 
  • Any supplementary documents as applicable

*All recommendation letters must include letterhead and signature. Please refer to Recommendation Letter Guidelines under Elevate downloads.

3. Submit your Elevate application

Apply through the OFFICIAL LINK

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