What is a Globalink Research Internship?

The Globalink Research Internship is a highly competitive initiative that attracts the best young researchers to Canada. Each year, interns from nine countries come to Canada for 12 weeks from May to September to undertake research projects at Canadian universities. The objective of the Globalink Research Internship is to build a bridge between Canada and emerging international research talent at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In 2013, the Globalink Research Internship received 8,000 applications for placements across 61 Canadian university campuses with 1193 professors and researchers in nine Canadian provinces.

Visit the Globalink Research Internships brochure for more information.

What does the Globalink Research Internship offer to interns?

Globalink Research Interns receive, free of charge*:

A matched project with a Canadian professor and university, based on your research interests, skills and expertise

  • Flight to Canada (amount varies depending on country of origin)
  • Transportation from airport in Canada to accommodations
  • Housing
  • Health Insurance
  • Student Enrollment Fees
  • Stipend for food and incidentals (amount varies depending on country of origin)
  • Support from graduate student mentors on-campus in Canada
  • Registration for industry events and professional development workshops
  • Globalink Research Internship certificate of completion

*Some universities require interns to contribute a portion of the financial cost in order to participate.  If your university has this requirement, you will be notified before a project offer is made.

In addition to the benefits listed above, Globalink Research Internship alumni can apply for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship, which provides up to $30,000 CAD over three years towards Master’s and/or PhD programs in Canada.

How do I become a Globalink Research Intern?

To apply for a Globalink Research Internship, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited university in Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Vietnam
  • Be in the second-to-last year of an undergraduate program or combined undergraduate/Master’s program
    • You must have at least ONE and no more than THREE semesters of coursework remaining in your program
    • Interns will come to Canada from May to September 2015
  • Meet the following minimum grade requirement (or equivalent):
    • Brazil – 8/10 and ENEM Score of 600
    • China – 80%
    • France – 12/20
    • India – 8/10
    • Mexico –80%
    • Saudi Arabia – 80%
    • Turkey – 8/10
    • Vietnam – 8/10
  • Provide an official transcript from your home university in the primary language of the project, i.e. English or French. Transcripts in other languages must be translated, notarized and submitted with the online application.
  • Complete a 12–week internship, arriving between May 1 and June 30 and departing between July 31 and September 30
  • Be fluent in the language of the project, i.e. English and/or French
  • Complete your application by September 29, 2014 at 09:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Possess a passport from your home country that is valid at least until January 2016.

I am not enrolled full-time at a university in one of the countries listed, what can I do?

The application for Globalink Research Internships is only open to full-time students enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited university in Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam. 

If you are enrolled at a university in a different country, sign up for Mitacs news and stay tuned for announcements.  We are working with new countries each year.

Where is the list of accredited universities that applicants need to belong to?

The list of accredited universities can be found in the Student Platform.

Select the country where you are enrolled in full-time studies. A list will appear with the accredited universities from your country.

What can I do if my home university is not on the drop down list of accredited universities?

Make sure you search all possible names for your university.  Note that there are no abbreviations in the list. If you still cannot find your home university, email globalink@mitacs.ca. Globalink will determine if your university is eligible to receive funding and confirm with you.

Is the Globalink Research Internship open to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows?

At this time, the Globalink Research Internship is not open to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

How do I apply?

You will be required to create a personal user account on the Student Platform. Do not create two profiles; your application may be processed incorrectly.

Once you are logged on, you can begin your application and start applying to research projects.  You will be able to save your work and return to it later to add more information and any documents that you need to upload.

Applications will be assessed only after the application deadline.

I am not receiving an automatically-generated confirmation email from Globalink when I create an account AND I have a Hotmail account. What do I do?

If you are not receiving Globalink registration/password reset emails in your Hotmail mail box. You will need to add the Mitacs domain as a safe sender in your Hotmail settings. Steps as follows:

  1. Login into your Hotmail account.
  2. Go to settings->Options
  3. In the options page, under “Preventing junk Email” page, click on “Safe and blocked senders
  4. Then click on “Safe senders
  5. Enter “mitacs.ca” to the “Sender or domain to mark as safe” box, then click on “Add to list>>” button, and you will see the email domain is added to the “Safe senders and domains” section.
  6. Now close the window and go to https://lc.mitacs.ca/globalink/ to initiate sending a registration/password resetting email again, and you will see the email this time.

I don’t see a “Submit” button – how do I submit my application through the Student Platform?

There is no “Submit” button for the application.  Your application will be submitted automatically on September 29, 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time.

Please ensure that you have saved all the changes to your application before this date.

How does Mitacs assess my application?

Applications are assessed based on a number of factors, including your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), the quality of your statement of interest provided, the quality of the reference, and how well your research interests and experience match the research focus of the project or professor.

Is a language proficiency exam required for the Globalink Research Internship?

No.  However, applicants must have a strong working knowledge of the project’s language, which will be listed in the project database.

Can my reference letter be written by any professor at my university?

The professor who writes your reference letter should:

  • Have supervised or co-supervised your work
  • Be able to speak on behalf of your academic and research experience
  • Provide a signed letter on university letterhead. 

Can my reference letter be written by a university staff member?

No.

What is considered a complete application?

You must complete all the mandatory fields in the application and upload the following required documents:

  • One reference letter in either English or French from a professor
  • Your official transcripts in English and/or French OR if your transcript is in another language,  a scanned copy of the original documents and the translated and notarized transcript in the language of the project
    • The language of your transcripts must match the language(s) of the projects you applied for. For example, if you only applied to English-language projects, you must submit transcripts in English.
  • A copy of your résumé/CV
  • A copy of your passport that is valid until January 2016. If you do not have a passport or your passport is not valid until this date, you will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport before December 2015.

Can I submit more than one transcript?

You are required to submit official transcripts that show your academic history since you started your undergraduate or combined undergraduate/Master’s program.

If you attended more than one accredited university since you started your program, you will need to provide a transcript for each university. The Globalink application allows you to submit up to four different PDF files under the transcript section.  It is preferred that you can combine all your transcripts into one PDF document. 

What do I do if I do not have a passport, or my passport is not valid until January 2016?

If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is not valid until this date, you will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport by December 2014.  Please note that if you are selected for a Globalink Research Internship, your placement will not be confirmed until you can provide proof of a valid passport.

If you currently hold a passport that is valid until January 2016, you will be asked to provide your passport number.

What should I include under the Research section?

Applicants are responsible to include any relevant skills, interests, achievements and rationale, as this section used to evaluate your application. However, Mitacs cannot offer advice or guidance on how to complete this section.

I don’t have all of my documents ready yet. If I start my application now, can I log back in and finish it later?

Yes.  All applications must be complete with all the required documentation by September 29, 2014 at 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time.

How many research projects can I apply for?

You must apply for a minimum of three and a maximum of seven projects in at least three Canadian provinces (excluding Prince Edward Island).

You will be able to search the database of projects by institution name, province, and keywords.

Can I work with a Canadian professor who does not have a project on the list?

No. 

My undergraduate degree is in the social sciences, do you have projects in this field?

Globalink Research Internships are open to all disciplines* and many projects are interdisciplinary. We encourage you to do both specific and general searches, using the keyword search, to find projects in your discipline.

*Check the application to determine if your country’s funder has limitations or rules regarding disciplines.

Can I apply for a project that is not in my academic discipline?

Yes. Some projects may require interns from various disciplines and academic departments. For example, a professor in the health sciences may be looking for a student with a computer science background to assist with a data project. To ensure you are viewing all the projects that may apply to you, do multiple keyword searches. You must ensure that your background is relevant to the research topic and skills/experience requested by the professor. 

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline is September 29, 2014 at 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time. Any applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Can I submit my application by fax or email?

No. Your full application must be submitted through the Student Platform.  Applications received by email, fax or mail will not be accepted.

The deadline has passed but I made an error on my application. What can I do?

Applications missing any of the required documentation will be considered incomplete and declined. You are responsible to ensure that your application is filled out completely.  You cannot make changes to your application after the deadline.

If I have technical difficulties completing my application, what should I do?

If you experience any technical difficulties, please submit a ticket to https://help.mitacs.ca/

If possible, include a screen shot of the problem you are encountering. 

Please allow five days for a response. Mitacs advises that you complete your application before the deadline. We cannot guarantee that tickets received after September 22, 2014 will be answered before the application deadline.

I have submitted my application to Globalink Research Internships 2015. What happens now?

Your account will provide you with a current status of your application.

Due to the high volume of applications, individual requests for status updates will not be answered. Shortlisted applicants may be contacted by a professor in November/December for an interview and results will be released in January or February 2015.  All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by March 2015.

I was accepted for a Globalink Research Internship. When will I find out the details of my internship?

Mitacs will send you an award letter detailing its financial commitment to you in early 2015.  At the same time, your host Canadian university will send you a letter of invitation confirming your internship. Mitacs will contact you with additional details closer to your travel date.

I was not accepted into the program. What can I do?

Applicants who are not accepted are not eligible to reapply. However, you are welcome to sign up for Mitacs news to hear about other funding opportunities that may become available in the future.

What are my responsibilities if I am accepted as a Globalink Research Intern?

Each Globalink Research Intern is required to:

  • Agree to a Code of Conduct and liability waiver before they are admitted into the initiative. Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct and liability waiver could result in a denial of your certificate of completion and / or expulsion from the Globalink Research Internship, depending on the severity and nature of the misconduct. 
  • Represent their country of origin, Mitacs and the Globalink program. Interns will be held to a high standard of conduct in their relations with their host university, their peers, their mentors, their professors, Mitacs staff, members of the university administration, and members of the public.

How long am I expected to stay in Canada for the Globalink Research Internship?

You are expected to stay in Canada for the full 12–week duration of the research internship.

We recommend that you arrive two days before your internship begins and leave two days after your internship is finished. 

Depending on your funding arrangement, Mitacs or your country’s funder provides your accommodations and medical insurance for two days before your internship start date and two days after your internship end date.

What are the expectations and hours of work once I am in Canada?

Interns are required to work 40 hours a week, five days a week for 12 consecutive weeks.  Most interns work during regular business hours (e.g. 9am to 5pm), but this depends on your specific arrangement with your host professor.

You are expected to let your host professor know if you are missing time from your research for any reason, such as due to illness or to attend a Mitacs event.

What kind of events and workshops will I be invited to attend?

Mitacs invites interns to attend industry tours, government events and professional development workshops during their time in Canada. Attendance is not mandatory, but we highly recommend that interns take part to fully experience the benefits of the Globalink Research Internships.