Canadian Science Policy Fellowship: Application for Fellows

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Part 1: Applicant information
Are you applying as a faculty member or a postdoctoral fellow?
Would you like to apply to any additional projects?

You may choose up to five other projects for which you wish to be considered.

By selecting "any available project" you will increase your chance of being shown to a government host office.
Part 2: Summary of experience
Please list your publications, patents, or other types of research contributions. Faculty applicants may wish to include only the most recent, relevant, or significant contributions.
Please list the awards you have received in recognition of your research activities.
Describe your past research experience in such a way that a non-specialist audience can understand your experience and contributions to your field. (500 words max)
Describe your previous leadership experience including your involvement in non-research activities. Include any experience you have working with stakeholders outside of the research and scientific communities. (500 words max)
Describe your written and verbal communication skills and experience as it relates to this program. Include any experience you have in conveying scientific knowledge in broad, non-scientific contexts. (500 words max)
Outline why you should be chosen as a fellow for this program, how this experience might be used in the future, and how it may serve society and/or impact Canadian science policy. (500 words max)
Part 3: Cover letter

Please include a cover letter describing why you are a suitable candidate for your first-choice project. Describe your interest in the project and the desired outcomes you would like to see. Include your past research experience as well as any relevant skills and experiences you wish to highlight. This letter will only be shared with the host office that corresponds to your number one project selection.

(500 words max)
Part 4: Biography

Please include a professional biography which includes your education, research, and professional background.

(250 words max)
Part 5: Accompanying documents

Please ensure that at least one of your letters of support addresses comments around the quality of the research work and experience. The second letter should focus more on your suitability for the program (for example, leadership experience and potential, communication skills, capacity to make connections between scientific research and broader economic, social or political issues, etc.).

If your references wish to submit their letters of support directly to Mitacs, they can email them by the application deadline to Your references should be aware of the deadlines so that your application is complete and can be considered.

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The following questions will ask if you self-identify as a member of various groups. Answering these questions is optional and you can choose all items that apply to you. The information will not be used as part of the adjudication process.

We collect self-identification information for reporting to funders, for program planning and development, and for an accurate understanding of equity representation of underrepresented groups (including those identified in the federal Employment Equity Act — women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities).

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Do you identify as an Indigenous person based upon your cultural and/or ancestral background?
Do you identify as belonging to a visible minority group (other than an Indigenous one)?

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Advancing reconciliation: supporting Indigenous community-led agricultural activities through traditional knowledge and western science
Advancing the Experimentation Commitment for the Government of Canada
Analysis of shale gas produced water management options in British Columbia: Developing policy for reuse of produced water
Biosafefty Level 4 Zoonotic Laboratory Network: strategic vision for international coordination
Building Open Research Data
Building the Science-Policy interface: Connectivity and Collaboration within the new vision for Federal Science in Canada through enablement of a Plant Health Science Network
Communicating science to Canadians
Concrétiser l’engagement en matière d’expérimentation du gouvernement du Canada
Continuous Quality Improvement and Organizational Culture Change (Phase II)
Developing NRCan impact assessment policy and processes for science advice; advancing rigor, transparency and plain language.
Development of a risk assessment model for food importers in the context of human health risks (food safety).
Development of a risk assessment model for livestock feed in the context of animal and human health risks (occupational exposure, food safety).
Élaboration d’un modèle d’évaluation du risque pour les aliments du bétail dans le contexte des risques pour la santé animale et la santé humaine (exposition occupationnelle, salubrité des aliments).
Élaboration d’un modèle d’évaluation du risque pour les importateurs d’aliments dans une perspective de santé humaine (salubrité des aliments).
Enhanced International Trade Route - Montreal to Rotterdam and back
Enhancing Canada’s Biothreat Operator Preparedness and Response Capability
Evaluating and Managing Plant Health Regulatory Issues arising from the use of new diagnostic technology methods: informing National and International policy development
Evaluating current policies relating to wildfire preparedness
Exploring mechanisms of incorporating traditional and local ecological knowledge with science to understand aquatic ecosystems
Extreme Events Preparedness and Risk Reduction in the Agriculture Sector
Fiscal Federalism: Evidence-Based Analysis and Recommendations for Equalization
Generating insights from integrated data analysis to inform cross-sector policy issues
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantification Methodology Review and Update Project
Indigenous Policy Fellow
Integrated System of Care: Policy Development
Linking Science Based Information with Ministry Policy and Practices
Open Science engagement and support
Policy and security implications of commercialization of space-based capabilities and enhanced public availability of space-based imaging from commercial providers
Rapid response, early detection and better protection of the plant resource base through networked communities of experts for information sharing and emergency response
Removing Bias to Unleash Potential in our Assessment of Talent
Sport Participation Data Support
System of Care
Testing new social policies and services at the ESDC Innovation Lab
The Opioid Crisis: Stigmatization and Criminalization
The Role of Research Collaboration in the Development of Advanced Skills for the Canadian Economy and Society of Tomorrow
Towards Establishing an Evidence-based Framework for Healthy Indoor Temperatures
Transforming Agriculture Knowledge Transfer through Behavioral Economics
Understanding Barriers to and Determinants of Climate Change Adaptation
Understanding economic factors that influence fiscal sustainability