Since its launch in 2009, Mitacs Globalink has attracted top undergraduate students from around the world to Canada for a summer research internship. As a result of the program’s success pairing them with Canadian faculty members, Mitacs is helping these talented students pursue additional educational and research opportunities in Canada through the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.

The Globalink Graduate Fellowship provides financial support to former Globalink Research Interns to return to Canada for graduate studies at select Mitacs university partners. Mitacs provides two fellowship options:

Globalink participants applying to a Canadian Master’s or doctorate program at participating full partner universities are eligible to apply for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship. Globalink participants are eligible for the fellowship at any participating university.

  • $10,000 for one year of a research-based Master’s program and $10,000 per year for up to 2 years of a research-based PhD program or;
  • $10,000 per year for up to 3 years of a research-based PhD program

Globalink Research Intern alumni are eligible to apply for the fellowship if they wish to attend any one of the Mitacs university partners, including, but not limited to their Globalink host university.

Mitacs will confirm the fellowship award and forward funds directly to the student upon proof of acceptance and enrollment at an eligible university. Half of the award is forwarded to the student in September and the $5,000 balance is forwarded in January.

*Please note that this information applies to Globalink Research Interns from 2013 cohort and beyond. If you were a Globalink Research Intern prior to 2013, please contact glfellowship(at) to discuss your fellowship eligibility.


Benefits to students

The Globalink Graduate Fellowship offers former Globalink Research Interns returning to Canada these benefits

  • Recognition as Globalink alumni
  • Direct financial support from Mitacs
  • The opportunity to work with Canada’s research supervisors  during your graduate studies
  • Additional exposure to the Canadian research & innovation landscape and increased Canadian experience


Benefits to faculty

The Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship provides a competitive advantage for faculty wishing to recruit talented Globalink alumni for graduate studies in Canada. The fellowship may supplement previously secured funding and is forwarded directly to students, reducing administrative burden for faculty and university administration. Building on the linkages established during students’ time as Globalink Research Interns, the fellowship assists faculty members to:

  • Collaborate with an international student who possesses a strong academic record and established Canadian research experience
  • Continue working with a former Globalink Research Intern on a larger research project
  • Promote Canada as a top destination for the globe’s brightest minds

Please note that faculty members should consult the Graduate Studies Office at their institution regarding what, if any, financial support they are required to provide and for advice on the graduate admission process.

To apply for a Globalink Graduate Fellowship, students must:

  • Review the list of Mitacs university partners whose students are eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.    
  • Apply to the participating university/universities of their choice for graduate studies and indicate their eligibility for, and interest in, a Globalink Graduate Fellowship.
  • Complete the Globalink Graduate Fellowship application on the Mitacs website as soon as all university applications are submitted.

Fellowships are awarded to a limited number of students at the discretion of Mitacs, which will notify fellowship recipients directly about the status of their award. 

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Mitacs Globalink at glfellowship(at)

Who is eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship? 

  • Any Globalink Research Intern from 2013 and onward who is applying for research-based graduate studies is eligible for the fellowship (Masters or PhD). If you are not sure if your program is eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship, please contact Globalink at glfellowship(at)
  • In order to be eligible to receive a fellowship, you must provide proof of acceptance to a university and begin your graduate studies within 24 months of the September 30 end date of your cohort.
  • If you are a Globalink Research Intern from a cohort year prior to 2013, please contact Globalink at glfellowship(at) to discuss fellowship eligibility specific to your cohort year.
  • Students must be enrolled and be in good standing in a deemed Masters or Doctoral program. Deemed programs are research-based graduate programs at an eligible Canadian university. Most course-based programs, some professional programs, and MBA programs are not eligible. Students should check with Mitacs if they are unsure whether a particular program is deemed eligible.
  • Students must remain enrolled in an eligible graduate program and be in a good standing at the university throughout the tenure of the Fellowship.
What is the value of the fellowship?
  • The fellowship is a $10,000 (CAD) per year cash award for the student, for up to 3 years depending on graduate program. Students are eligible to receive $10,000 for one year of a Master’s program and up to $10,000 (CAD) per year for two years of a PhD program or up to $10,000 (CAD) per year for three years of a PhD program, for a total maximum fellowship of $30,000 (CAD).
  • Fellowships can be combined with other forms of graduate funding that students may receive through universities such as Tri-Council funding, university support and support from foreign sources. Note that some universities may limit the total graduate funding awarded to a student.
How can I get a Fellowship? 
  • You must apply to one or more Mitacs university partners for acceptance to graduate studies in a research-based Master’s or PhD program.
  • After you have applied to one or more universities in Canada, you can apply to Mitacs for the fellowship here. Mitacs will then confirm receipt of your application.
When will I know that I have been awarded one?
  • The university must first offer you admission to a graduate study program.
  • You must accept the university’s offer and provide proof of your acceptance to Mitacs, including a copy of the acceptance letter from your university.
  • Upon receipt of this documentation, Mitacs reviews your application and confirm the offer of a fellowship to you. 
When will I receive it?
  • You must provide proof of enrollment and tuition fee payment before September 30 (fall semester) and the following January 30 (spring semester) of each year you are eligible for the fellowship.
  • Mitacs will disburse funds directly to you in two installments of $5,000 each: once in September and once in January.
How long does it last? 
  • The fellowship is available for up to three years: one year of funding for a Master’s program and up to 2 years of funding for a PhD program or 3 years of funding for a PhD program. 
Are there any other restrictions?
  • A Globalink Graduate Fellowship holder may interrupt their study for a maximum period of 12 months. During such an interruption, the fellowship will be suspended and can be resumed when the holder resumes study in a deemed graduate program. A request to suspend the fellowship must be submitted to and approved by Mitacs prior to the interruption.
  • A Globalink Graduate Fellowship may be transferable to another institution provided both institutions are eligible to participate in the fellowship program. A request to transfer the fellowship must be submitted to and approved by Mitacs prior to the interruption.
How does the university decide who is offered a fellowship?
  • Fellowships are offered to applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The Globalink Graduate Fellowship is one funding option available to former Globalink Research Interns. Your supervisor can play an important role in helping you to understand some of the other funding options available to you through your university.

Mitacs is pleased to offer the Globalink Graduate Fellowship to former Globalink Research Interns attending the following universities, with no university contribution required: 

  • École de technologie supérieure, Montréal, QC
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC
  • Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
  • Concordia University, Montréal, QC
  • HEC Montréal, Montréal, QC
  • L'Universite INRS, Montréal, Québec City, Laval, and Varennes, QC
  • McGill University, Montréal, QC
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • Queen's University, Kingston, ON
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
  • Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
  • Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC
  • Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC
  • Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, QC
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, QC
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC
  • Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
  • Université Laval, Québec, QC
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
  • University of Northern British Columbia, BC
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
  • University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
  • Western University, London, ON

The Globalink Graduate Fellowship may be offered to former GRIs attending other Canadian universities, provided these universities contribute $5,000 per year toward the grant, each year the fellowship is awarded.

If you have any other questions, please contact Globalink at globalink(at)