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 .

Strategic Initiative Programing

Program Name Funding Type Key Points
Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship  Program to place faculty (for a sabbatical) or others who hold a PhD
  • Deadline: March 4, 2018, 11:59pm PST
  • Amount: $70,000 - $80,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Partner: Government agency
  • Number of Positions: 33
  • Relevant Research Areas: reconciliation, shale gas waste water reuse, biosafety, plant health, science communication, wildfire preparedness, integrating TEK about aquatic ecosystems, indigenous policy, implications of the commercialization of space, healthy indoor temperatures, fiscal sustainability, opioid crisis, sport participation, GHG quantification, among others


Ongoing Programs

Program Name Funding Type Key Points 2-Page Summary
Mitacs Accelerate Internships  Internships for graduate students and 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 Internship (PDF 365 KB)
Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship  Fellowship for graduate students
  • Amount: The amount per fellowship unit is $80,000 for PhD students, and $40,000 for Master's students. The total grant must provide a minimum $72,000 ($24,000 annual) stipend for the PhD student, and a $30,000 stipend for a Master’s student.
  • Duration: 3 years for PhD students, and 1.5 years (18 months) for Master's students.
  • Partner Contribution: The partner organization (industry or not-for-profit, see partner eligibility) must contribute a minimum of $36,000 for a PhD student or $18,000 for a Master’s student.
  • Relevant Research Areas: The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship is accepting applications from all disciplines and sectors. Projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.
 Funding Brief: Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship (PDF 363 KB)


Program Name Funding Type Key Points 2-Page Summary
Mitacs Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship  Fellowship award for post-doctoral fellows
  • Award: $60,000 per year ($30,000 from partner + $30,000 from Mitacs). The minimum stipend amount is $55,000, with up to $5,000 for research expenses.
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time spent at partner: Approximately 50% of time   
  • Training: PDF will participate in skills training from Mitacs
Funding Brief: Mitacs Elevate Fellowship


Program Name Funding Type Key Points
Mitacs Globalink Research Award  International travel award for senior undergraduate or graduate students

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Canada to conduct research projects at universities overseas (partner countries). Eligible research projects are to be conducted over a 12-24 week duration, and successful applications will include a strong statement on the 'benefits to Canada'. 

Queen's may submit a limited number of applications to this program per year. All applications (inbound and outbound) must be received by internal deadlines and receive institutional approval before submission to Mitacs.

Please contact Kelly Manuel ( for details on Queen's deadlines and related processes. See also the information available on our Searchable Funding table for this program (Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (GRA)).

If you are a Queen's researcher interested in obtaining more information about the Mitacs GRA program, eligible partners or countries, please contact Kristin Spong (

Mitacs Accelerate International  Research collaborations between graduate students at Canadian universities and international industry partners
  • Amount: $15,000 for student travel
  • Duration: 16 - 24 weeks
  • Applications: Ongoing
  • Partner countries: Accelerate International supports international collaborations in all countries, except the United States
  • Partners: For-Profit companies in any country


For enquiries or assistance regarding any Mitacs application, please contact the corresponding Mitacs representative and designated URS Research Projects Advisor (RPA):

Kristin Spong

Mitacs Business Development Specialist

Phone: 613-217-8703

Andrea Hiltz Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D.

Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 33108

Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services / Faculty of Health Sciences

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32944

Dora Baczyk Adam Jeziorski
Research Projects Advisor (Natural Sciences & Engineering)
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77315
Research Projects Advisor (Faculty of Arts and Science)

Adrian Kelly Diane Davies

Research Projects Advisor (Social Sciences and Humanities)

Phone: 613-453-5027

Research Projects Advisor (Social Sciences, Humanities, and International Collaborations)

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79422

Kelly Manuel

Research Facilitator

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 74096