What is a Globalink Research Internship?

The Globalink Research Internship is a highly competitive initiative that attracts talented researchers to Canada. Each year, interns from select Mitacs partner countries and regions come to Canada for 12 weeks from May to October 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.

What does the Globalink Research Internship offer to interns?

Globalink research interns receive:

  • A matched project with a Canadian professor and university, based on your research interests, skills, and expertise
  • Round-trip airfare to Canada (amount varies depending on country of origin)
  • Transportation from airport in Canada to accommodations
  • Stipend for housing (amount varies depending on country of origin)
  • Health insurance
  • Stipend towards student enrollment fees up to a maximum of $300
  • Stipend for food and incidentals (amount varies depending on country of origin)
  • Support from student mentors on campus in Canada
  • Registration for industry events and professional development courses
  • Globalink Research Internship certificate of completion

How do I become a Globalink research intern?

To apply for a Globalink Research Internship, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or combined undergraduate/master’s program
  • Have a minimum of one semester and a maximum of three semesters remaining in their program as of September 2021
  • Meet the grade requirements for their country of study:
    • GPA requirements per country will be updated in June 2020 
  • Be available to complete a 12-week internship, arriving in Canada between May 1 and July 31, 2021, and returning to their country of study between July 31 and October 31, 2021
  • Possess a valid passport from their home country that is valid until at least January 2022
  • Student applicants must provide in their application:
    • An official transcript from the home university, in English or French. If you cannot obtain an English or French transcript, you must submit a translated and notarized copy before the application deadline
    • At least one letter of reference from a professor or research supervisor
    • A CV detailing research experience
      • When applying, students must select between three and seven projects from at least three Canadian provinces.

I am not enrolled full-time at a university in one of the countries or regions 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 the following partner countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom or United States.

If you are enrolled at a university in a different country or region, 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 Globalink Student Platform.

A list of eligible universities will appear after you have selected your country. The list by country, depending on requirements, may include all universities or only those accredited institutions.

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, please contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca. Mitacs 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?


How do I apply?

You will be required to create a personal user account on the Globalink 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 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 at the submission deadline.

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.

Host professors in Canada can interview applicants via Skype to determine their language proficiency. Applicants who do not demonstrate appropriate language proficiency may have their applications revoked at the discretion of Mitacs. 

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 

Click here for a sample reference letter.

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


What is considered a complete application?

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

  • At least 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 2022. If you do not have a passport or your passport is not valid until this date, you are still welcome to submit an application. However, you will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport before December 31, 2020.

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 2022?

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 by December 2020. 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 2022, 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 is used to evaluate your application. However, Mitacs cannot offer advice or guidance on how to complete this section.

Applicants are required to provide original work. Copying the work of others is a misrepresentation and a form of academic misconduct. Mitacs does not tolerate such activity and any submissions that misrepresent the work of others are automatically rejected.

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 the submission deadline.

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.

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?


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 will be updated in June. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Can I submit my application by fax or email?

No. Your full application must be submitted through the Globalink 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 contact helpdesk@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 two weeks before the deadline will be answered.

I have completed my 2021 Globalink Research Internship application. What happens now?

Mitacs will notify you of any updates by email and your profile on the Globalink Student Platform 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. Mitacs will let all applicants know whether they have met the program eligibly requirements by November 2020. Shortlisted applicants may be contacted by a professor for an interview between November to January and final results will be released in February 2021. 

Please be aware that eligibility and interviews do not guarantee an internship offer.

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 2021. At the same time, your host Canadian university might 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 can reapply for as long as they are eligible. You can also sign up for Mitacs news to hear about other funding opportunities that may become available in the future. Please note that, due to the volume of applications received, it is not possible for Mitacs to give applicants direct feedback on why they were unsuccessful. 

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.

Mitacs will provide you with supports two days before your internship begins and two days after your internship is finished. 

Depending on your funding arrangement, Mitacs or your country’s funder reimburses your flight, provides your accommodations stipend and medical insurance for two days before your internship start date and two days after your internship end date.  Details of your arrangements and actions required will be made available to you after your internship is confirmed, in early 2021.

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., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 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 courses will I be invited to attend?

Mitacs invites interns to attend industry events, government events, and professional development courses 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.