Brain dynamics in neurodegenerative

Degenerative brains diseases such as Parkinson?s disease (PD), are getting more common as the population ages. Ways to assess brain diseases, so that disease progression can be predicted and effects of treatment can be measured, are important. Brain imaging technologies are widely available, but extracting the important information from brain images is still a challenge. One way to extract important information from brain images is to examine how different brain networks ?talk? to one another.

The politics of state-facilitated gentrification in post-socialist China: ideological domination, consumerism and exclusionary redevelopment

Using the case of Chengdu, this research is about neighbourhood redevelopment and residential relocation in post-reform cities of China. In this project, the key process is defined as state-facilitated, new-build gentrification. The thesis attempts to understand why politicaleconomic actors initiate gentrification in the inner city, how consensus building is achieved,
conflicts are mediated, and what are the social outcomes for different social groups.

Strengthen Your Health: Interdisciplinary Intervention Program for Promoting an Active and Healthy Lifestyle Among Students

There are a number of factors that can impact ones level of physical activity. Interpersonal, intrapersonal, and environmental factors are all important when looking at how active or sedentary an individual can be. For schoolchildren, it is important to promote active behaviors that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. By creating a tool to identify factors that influence sedentary behaviors, it can help to promote interventions to encourage students to be more active and more fit.

Synthesis of camelina biodiesel using heterogeneous catalysts

Currently in North America, biodiesel is mainly produced from vegetable oils such as soybean and canola using a homogenous catalyst, KOH or NaOH. Two associated challenges are: 1) using edible oils as feedstock may impact food and feed supply adversely; 2) a great amount of water is needed to wash off the homogeneous catalysts dissolved in biodiesel product and then the waste water effluent is discharged to the environment.
This project will evaluate the feasibility of producing biodiesel from camelina using heterogeneous catalysts.

wearable electric field sensor

The project focuses on the design and development of a wearable electric field sensor. Mathematical simulation, mechanical design, optical system built-up and signal processing will be involved. The project will be conducted in the Laboratory of Ultra High Precision Mechatronics at Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing. The student will need to analyze and simulate the relation between electric field and surface wave using different materials. In the second phase, the student will design the sensor structure and develop the system.

Modelling of Surgical Workflows

Minimally invasive interventions are becoming increasingly common as they improve patient outcomes such as recovery time and infection risk; however,

these procedures can be difficult for operators to learn. To improve surgical training efficacy, computer-assisted training, which must provide feedback in the form of instruction and skill evaluation, can be used. The training system must have a sufficient model of the procedural workflow, which can be described surgical process models.

Postcard from Brazil: applying data analytics to Brazilian soccer clubs

When I told my business mentor that I was looking for a unique opportunity that aligned well with my studies, he said, “Why don’t you go abroad then?” Before I could answer him, he told me about the Mitacs Globalink Research Award — it didn’t take long before I was infatuated with the idea.

The call for applications is now open! Apply by December 15, 2020.

Mitacs has partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to support the mobility of students from Canadian universities to German universities and institutions.

The RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI) is a competitive initiative that offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth science, and physics the opportunity to participate in a research project supervised by a doctoral student at a German university or institution.

The call for applications will open on November 1, 2020 and will close on December 15, 2020. Applications must be submitted through the RISE Germany portal on the program website. Projects should last approximately three months (and at least 10 weeks) and must begin between May 15 and July 12, 2021.


  • Mitacs provides $6,000 to support the student’s travel costs and living expenses
  • The DAAD provides health, accident, and liability insurance
  • The DAAD provides logistical support to selected students (including assistance finding accommodation in cooperation with mentors at the host institution, information on visas and work permits, and research arrangements)

How it works:

  • Students review the list of available projects in their discipline on the RISE Germany internship database
  • Students submit RISE-GRI applications through the RISE Germany application portal
  • Canadian applicants who meet Mitacs’s eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for Mitacs funding, which will be awarded to the 100 highest-ranked candidates who are placed in the RISE program
  • Results announced in Spring 2021
  • Mitacs will award all successful Canadian applicants $6,000 in funding to support the student’s travel and accommodation costs, based on a 12-week internship. Mitacs funding is provided in lieu of the DAAD monthly stipend and international travel subsidy
  • Approved projects last a minimum of 10 weeks, with an ideal length of three months

Undergraduate students from Canadian universities who meet all of the eligibility criteria must submit a completed application via the RISE Germany online application portal.

Please visit the RISE Germany website for more information about the application procedure and the internship program.

Successful students are asked to submit the following documents to Mitacs in the 30 days following the receipt of their Outcome Letter:

*The International Pre-Departure Form and the Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form can be submitted after the submission of the application; however, funds will not be released until Mitacs receives these forms.

Travel to the destination prior to the approval of the award is not permitted and Mitacs and the DAAD are not responsible for any costs incurred before the application is approved. Travel may not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paperwork including the International Pre-Departure Form and Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form and the application has been approved.

Student eligibility

In order to be eligible for a RISE-GRI, a student must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or international student
    • Students with German citizenship must be able to prove that they have been living outside of Germany for six or more years
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be registered for full-time undergraduate studies at a Canadian university in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field), and remain as such during the RISE-GRI
  • Have completed at least two years in a four- or five-year undergraduate degree
    • Students in Quebec enrolled in a three-year undergraduate degree must have completed at least one year of their university program
  • Demonstrate oral and written fluency in English (working language is English)
  • Meet all necessary travel requirements for the intended destination

Please contact the RISE Germany team at rise-germany(at) if you have questions about eligibility.

Expectations of participants

All parties involved with Mitacs Globalink must comply with the Canadian home university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities. Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the home Canadian university’s processes following their institutional policies.

Expectations of the student 

Prior to and during the RISE-GRI, students are expected to:

  • Make all necessary pre-departure preparations in consultation with the appropriate university office(s)
  • Obtain appropriate visa or work permit for the destination
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home university
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project


Please note that the RISE-GRI is competitive, with limited placements available. All applications will undergo review by an interdisciplinary team.

Maximum number of projects

Students cannot simultaneously hold a RISE-GRI and another Mitacs award. Students who hold another Mitacs award must complete it prior to receiving a RISE-GRI.


RISE-GRI recipients must provide a final report and an exit survey to Mitacs no later than one month after the conclusion of the project.

Internship funding

  • Eligible Canadian applicants to the RISE Germany program will automatically be considered for Mitacs funding
  • Each approved award recipient will receive $6,000 from Mitacs. The award will support the student’s travel and accommodation costs, based on a 12-week research internship. Mitacs funding is provided in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD.
  • The award also includes health insurance as well as accident and personal liability insurance, issued directly through the DAAD insurance office.

Expense guidelines

  • No funds will be released if the completed International Pre-Departure Form and/or Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics forms are outstanding
  • Mitacs recognizes that awarded funding may not be sufficient to cover all costs associated with travel for research projects abroad. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other sources and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.

If you do not see your question here, we encourage you to read through the DAAD’s comprehensive FAQ page on their website for questions related to the RISE program in general.

What is the RISE-GRI program, and how does it relate to the DAAD’s RISE Germany program?

The Mitacs RISE-GRI program operates in partnership with the DAAD’s RISE Germany program. Mitacs RISE-GRI recipients participate in the DAAD’s RISE Germany program but receive funding from Mitacs in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD. The Mitacs RISE-GRI program is open only to Canadian applicants.

Where can I learn about the DAAD’s RISE Germany program?

Please visit the RISE Germany website.

Do I need to have a Canadian supervisor for the RISE-GRI program?

Unlike for many of Mitacs’s other programs, a Canadian supervisor is not required to apply to the RISE program. However, a professor at your university may be involved in issuing funds to you. If your application is successful, we encourage you to reach out to the university office involved in issuing funds for more detail. Mitacs will provide more information to successful candidates on whom to contact.

Can I receive both Mitacs and DAAD funding?

No. Successful candidates will receive either Mitacs funding or DAAD funding. Mitacs funding is offered in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD.

Do I need to apply through the RISE Germany application portal and to Mitacs?

No. Please apply through the RISE Germany application portal before the deadline. If you meet our eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered to receive Mitacs funding.

Mitacs releases Target 10,000: Talent, Ideas, Networks, a five-year strategic plan

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, has released a new five-year strategic plan. Target 10,000: Talent, Ideas, Networks follows an extensive engagement process with stakeholders in academia, industry, the not-for-profit sector, and government, and reflects Mitacs’ commitment to enhancing innovation in Canada.

Explaining Discrepancies between De Jure and De Facto Exchange Rate Regimes: A Constructivist Approach

Why some states publicly announce one type of exchange rate regime but in fact adopt another? Do states try to manipulate their currencies by creating discrepancies between words and deeds? My research intends to provide an ideational explanation to the gaps between de jure and de facto exchange rate regimes.