University Research Services

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University Research Services

Mitacs Funding Opportunities

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, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

This website was created by URS to summarize key points about Mitacs funding opportunities. Mitacs supports fellowships for Ph.D. students & post-doctoral fellows, internship programs, and student travel awards. A key feature of many Mitacs programs is that contributions by partner organizations (i.e., companies or not-for-profit organizations) are matched by Mitacs at a minimum 1:1 basis. 

For more information about Mitacs funding programs, please visit the Mitacs webpage, or contact the Mitacs and/or URS contacts below.


Program Name

Funding Type

Key Points

2-Page Summary

Mitacs Accelerate Internships

Internships for graduate students & post-doctoral fellows

  • Amount: The amount per internship unit is either $15,000 or $13,333, depending on the type of internship program (see below). Funding covers the intern's stipend & some research expenses.
  • Duration: 4 months per internship unit
  • Time spent with partner: 25-75% of time
  • Funding formula - 'Standard' internships: The funding per internship unit is $15,000 ($7,500 from partner + $7,500 from Mitacs). The minimum stipend amount is $10,000 and up to $5,000 can be used for research costs & travel.
  • Funding formula - Accelerate Cluster internships: Clusters must involve at least 3 interns and at least 6 internship units. The funding per internship unit is $13,333 ($6,000 from partner + $7,333 from Mitacs). The minimum stipend amount is $10,000 and up to $3,333 can be used for research costs & travel.
  • Multiple units possible: The Mitacs Accelerate internship program is scalable in its design. Projects can range from a single four-month internship unit to multiple units combined together to accom­modate larger projects.

Funding Brief: Mitacs Accelerate Internships

Mitacs Accelerate Ph.D. Fellowships

(not currently active)

Fellowship award for Ph.D. students

  • Award amount: $30,000 per year ($12,000 from partner + $18,000 from Mitacs). The minimum stipend amount is $25,000, with up to $5,000 for research expenses.
  • Award duration: 3 years
  • Time spent at partner site: Approximately 50% of time
  • Projects with high research costs: For projects with high research support costs, the stipend may be reduced as an exception, to a minimum of $20,000, with supporting information in the proposal.

Funding Brief: Mitacs Accelerate Fellowships

(Note: program not currently active)

Mitacs Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Fellowship award for post-doctoral fellows

  • Award amount: $55,000 per year ($30,000 from partner + $25,000 from Mitacs). The minimum stipend amount is $50,000, with up to $5,000 for research expenses.
  • Award duration: 2 years
  • Time spent at partner: Approximately 50% of time   
  • Training: PDF will participate in skills training from Mitacs

Funding Brief: Mitacs Elevate Fellowships

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

International travel award for senior undergraduate or graduate students

  • Amount: $5,000 for student travel
  • Duration: 12-24 weeks
  • Partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, and Vietnam (plus specific calls for institutions in France, India, Japan and Tunisia - see Mitacs Globalink webpage)

Funding Brief: Mitacs Globalink Research Award

 


Mitacs Contact for Queen's Researchers

For assistance with any Mitacs application, contact:

Kristin Spong
Business Development Specialist
Phone: 613-217-8703
Email: kspong@mitacs.ca

URS Contacts

For Health Sciences applications, contact: 

Kristina Arseneau
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79707
Email: k.arseneau@queensu.ca

For Natural Sciences & Engineering applications, contact: 

Vera Kettnaker
Research Projects Advisor (Natural Sciences & Engineering)
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77314
Email: vera.kettnaker@queensu.ca

For Social Sciences & Humanities applications and the Globalink Research Award, contact: 

Diane Davies
Research Projects Advisor (Social Sciences, Humanities, & International Collaborations)
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79422
Email: diane.davies@queensu.ca

Last updated: April 21, 2016