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 $15,000 in financial support to former Globalink research interns who return to Canada for research-based graduate studies at eligible Mitacs academic partners. Globalink participants applying to a Canadian master’s or PhD program at any eligible university can apply for the fellowship, regardless of where they completed their Globalink Research Internship.

Upon Mitacs' receipt of proof of acceptance and enrollment, Mitacs will confirm the fellowship award and forward funds directly to the student. Half of the award is forwarded to the student and the balance is forwarded in the second consecutive term. 

*Please note that this information applies to Globalink research interns from 2013 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:

  • Direct financial support from Mitacs
  • Recognition as Globalink alumni
  • The opportunity to work with Canada’s research supervisors  during your graduate studies
  • Additional exposure to the Canadian research and 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 helps faculty members:

  • 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

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.

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with the Canadian host university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities, as per Mitacs’ Policy on Research Integrity.  Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the host university’s processes following their institutional policies.

To apply for a Globalink Graduate Fellowship, students must:

  • Review the list of Mitacs academic partners whose students are eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship    
  • Apply to the participating university(ies) of their choice and indicate their eligibility for and interest in a Globalink Graduate Fellowship
  • Complete the Globalink Graduate Fellowship application as soon as all university applications are submitted
    • Each applicant is responsible for providing a copy of their university acceptance letter(s) to Mitacs at If you fail to do so, your fellowship application will not be considered.

Fellowship applications are accepted any time. Effective January 1, 2018, applicants have 36 months from the end of their internships to start their graduate studies in Canada. 

If you came to Canada in: You must start graduate studies by:
2016 September 2019
2017 September 2020
2018 September 2021

Fellowships are awarded at Mitacs’ discretion, and we will notify fellowship recipients individually about the status of their application. 

For more information, please review 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 a research-based master’s or PhD program is eligible for the fellowship and has not previously been awarded a Globalink Graduate Fellowship
  • Effective January 1, 2018, recipients must provide proof of acceptance to a university and begin their graduate studies within 36 months of the September 30 end date of their cohort
If you came to Canada in: You must start graduate studies by:
2017 September 2020
2018 September 2021
2019 September 2022


  • Students must be enrolled and be in good standing in a research-based master’s or PhD program throughout their fellowship tenure
  • Most course-based programs, some professional programs, and MBA programs are not eligible. Mitacs can only determine program eligibility upon receipt and review of your university acceptance letter

What is the value of the fellowship?

  • The fellowship is a $15,000 one-time award for the student
  • Fellowships can be combined with other forms of graduate funding, such as Tri-Council funding, university support, and support from foreign sources. Some universities may limit the total graduate funding awarded to a student.

How can I get a fellowship? 

When will I know that I have been awarded one?

  • A university must offer you admission to a graduate study program
  • You must accept the university’s offer and provide proof of that acceptance to Mitacs, including a copy of the university acceptance letter
  • Upon receipt of this documentation, Mitacs reviews your application and confirms your fellowship offer

When will I receive it?

  • You will receive your first $7,500 installment upon Mitacs’ receipt of your proof of enrollment in your first semester, and the second $7,500 installment upon Mitacs’ receipt of your proof of enrollment in your second consecutive term.

How long does it last? 

  • The fellowship is available for one year.

How does the university decide who is offered a fellowship?

  • Fellowships are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and are just one funding option available to former Globalink research interns. Your supervisor can help you understand the other funding options available to you through your university.