[ES_JOBS_NET] Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 16:33:25 MST 2018


Mitacs is committed to fostering policy leadership among Canada’s
researchers and we have worked to identify ways to integrate academic
research and evidence-informed policy-making with federal and provincial

In collaboration with Canada’s research and policy communities, Mitacs has
established the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship. The first initiative of
its kind in Canada, fellowship is made possible thanks to the Government of
Canada and participating government offices; the Government of British
Columbia and participating government offices; the University of Ottawa’s
Institute for Science, Society and Policy; Professor Sarah Otto, Department
of Zoology, University of British Columbia; the University of Victoria; and
the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Advisory Council. Participating hosts
for the fellowship include host offices from the Governments of Canada and
British Columbia, and Quebec.

The fellowship aims to:

§  Form mutually beneficial relationships between government decision makers
and academic researchers in support of policy challenges in Canada

§  Enhance science communication, collaboration, and policy capacity in
government offices

§  Contribute to evidence-informed decision making in Canada’s public

§  Create a national network of expertise among academic researchers
fostering public policy contributors across academia, government,
not-for-profit organizations, and industry


Fellowship activities

The fellowship provides a 12-month immersion into the policy-making process.
Working in host offices with government decision makers and stakeholders,
fellows contribute their academic expertise and analytical skills to inform
policy actions. Fellows’ participation in policy activities provides them
with the direct training and experience to address challenges of national
public importance.

During the fellowship, Mitacs and its partners provide professional
development, skill-building, and networking events, which will enhance
fellows’ policy-related knowledge and capabilities and expand their
networks. Mitacs instructor-led courses are mandatory and focus on
developing two central themes: increasing awareness of Canadian public
policy (federal and/or provincial), and strengthening communication and
relationship building skills with diverse stakeholders, including government
and academia.


§  Potential fellows are required to submit their applications to Mitacs no
later than February 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

§  Applications must be submitted through
lows> the fellow webform.

§  Two letters of reference are required. One letter of support should
address comments around the quality of your research work and experience.
The other 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).

§  If your references wish to submit their letters of support directly, they
must email  <mailto:mailto:policyfellowship at mitacs.ca>
policyfellowship(at)mitacs.ca (by February 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT).  If
you choose this option, ensure your references are aware of the deadline so
that your application is complete and eligible for consideration.  

§  Host offices are required to submit their position descriptions to Mitacs
by March 3, 2019, through the
-hosts> host submission webform

§  Fellow applicants are encouraged to review the
t_guidelines_2019-20_0.pdf> fellow application guidelines prior to
submitting their application.

§  Host offices are encouraged to review the
_2019-20_final_en_0.pdf> host submission guidelines. 

Adjudication and matching

Mitacs administers the fellowship adjudication and matching through the
following process:

1.     Initial screening of applications for eligibility of host and fellow

2.     Convening a panel of adjudicators to review & evaluate eligible
applicants based on Mitacs criteria (excellence in research, leadership,
communication, and commitment to the objectives of the program) to develop a
list of semi-finalist fellowship candidates for the program

3.     Providing a list of semi-finalist applicants to host offices, who
then interview and rank candidates

4.     Upon receipt of hosts’ and fellows’ interview rankings, facilitating
the matching of applicants and hosts based on mutual interest and fit


Fellowship cycle

§  November–March: hosts submit their position descriptions

§  November–February: call for fellow applications to the program

§  February–April: Mitacs facilitates adjudication of applications and
creates semi-finalist applicant list for hosts to review

§  May: Host offices review applications and share host position
descriptions with potential fellows for interviews

§  June: Mitacs confirms fellowship matches and fellows prepare to relocate,
if applicable 

§  September: fellowships begin, Mitacs hosts orientation session, and
training program begins


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