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The Canadian Mountain Network is proud to partner with Mitacs to advance industrial and social innovation in Canada’s mountain regions by co-funding research internships and fellowships for college students, university graduate students, and postdocs. With partners at 70 universities and colleges, 6,000 companies and not-for-profit organizations, and federal, territorial and provincial governments, Mitacs is a global leader in supporting the next generation of research leaders. Mitacs’ staff in 25 offices across Canada  work with trainees, professors, and partner organizations to support research project development, implementation, and reporting.

Questions? Inquiries should be addressed to CMN Operations Manager Ainsley Sykes at

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Program Streams


The Mitacs Accelerate program provides $15,000 for four-month student research internships across all academic disciplines with funding split between Mitacs and a business or not-for-profit partner organization. CMN matches the partner contribution to provide an additional $7,500 to expand the scope or scale of selected Accelerate projects that respond to one or more of the goals and/or research priorities in the Network’s Strategic Plan.

These internships provide students the opportunity to apply skills in a non-academic environment, build their CV with peer-reviewed research, broaden their professional network, and earn a minimum salary/stipend of $10,000 per four-month period. 

Partner organizations obtain access to academic expertise, build a customized research plan with support from Mitacs representatives, augment R&D budgets, and benefit from the opportunity to assess potential employees.

Supervising professors build flexible research partnerships and obtain funding for students.


Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training component. Fellows address complex challenges through:

  • An exclusive research management curriculum for postdoctoral fellows in any discipline

  • A minimum one-year research project (normally two years in duration) with a partner organization in need of high-level expertise

  • A Partner Organization Business Case, developed to outline project objectives, risks, and stakeholder success criteria, and ensure project value

Elevate 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 two-year fellowship, Elevate fellows divide their time between their partner organization project and university-based research with their faculty supervisor.

Elevate fellows receive:

  • $55,000 minimum annual stipend/salary

  • Training curriculum valued at $7,500 per year

  • Submission assistance, including application feedback, from Mitacs representatives

  • Certificate of completion after receipt of their exit survey and final report submission

CMN is currently evaluating opportunities to support Elevate Fellowships so stay tuned for future updates.

Did you know?

Mitacs was founded in 1999 through the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program, which is the same program that supported the creation of the Canadian Mountain Network.

Funded Projects

The following Mitacs Accelerate research internships have been funded by CMN. Click on the link for a project summary and details on the participants.

Preparing Mountain Tourism for a Warmer and Decarbonized Canada

Assessment of montane plant species responses to climate warming in the northern boreal mountain zone

Interactive, place-based mapping of climate analogs in Yukon’s mountain regions to inform tree species selection in areas of rapid climate change

Habitat security mapping for improving human-wildlife coexistence in the Bow Valley

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