The Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) supports research collaborations between Canada and select partner organizations and eligible countries and regions. 

Under the joint supervision of a home and host professor, successful senior undergraduate students, graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows will receive a $6,000 research award to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project in the other country. Awards are offered in partnership with Mitacs’s Canadian academic partners (and, in some cases, with Mitacs’s international partners) and are subject to available funding.  

Program Overview

  1. Applicants (student or postdoctoral fellow, home and host supervisors) submit application to partner organization or to Mitacs. 

  2. Within 12 weeks of submission, Mitacs will contact participants about the outcome of the application. Travel must take place within a year from the date of the outcome.

  3. The intern provides the completed Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics and International Pre-Departure forms.

  4. Mitacs forwards the Globalink Research Award funds to the Canadian institution. In some cases, interns may receive a portion of the funds from Mitacs’s partner organization. 

  5. The intern departs to the destination and begins the research project.

  6. Upon project completion, the intern submits a final report that summarizes the project.

  7. All participants (student or postdoctoral fellow, home and host supervisors) submit a final survey. 

International partner collaborations

Mitacs works with international partners to deliver the Globalink Research Award in the following countries and regions:

Belgium

Brazil

China

European Union

France

Germany

India

Japan

Korea

Mexico

Singapore

Taiwan

Tunisia

United Kingdom

 

Other eligible countries

The program supports travel and research from Canada to universities and research institutions in the following countries and regions: 

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
China
Colombia
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Latvia
Lithuania 
Luxembourg
Macau
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tunisia
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States

 

*The information above is subject to change.

Contact international@mitacs.ca for more information.

 

Students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at an eligible Canadian institution or eligible international institution and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award
  • Undergraduate applicants completing their first post-secondary degree must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure. All applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree must have maintained a B average in their two most recent semesters prior to application. This average can be cumulative over the two semesters
  • Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project and they have postdoctoral status at an eligible institution 
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree
  • Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship
    • Permanent residents or citizens of Canada wishing to do a project in Canada are eligible to apply 
    • Applicants who hold citizenship of Canada and another eligible country may apply to do a project in either country
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older)
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation 
  • Cannot hold more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime 
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award 

Supervising professors

  • Must hold a faculty position at an eligible university 
  • Must be eligible to supervise graduate students
  • Supervisors at Canadian institutions: Must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding  

Please note the application process may vary depending on the Canadian universities and the international partner. Please check with your local Business Development representative to determine if your project fits the funding requirements for your institution or an international partner and to request an application package. 

Awards are offered in partnership with Mitacs’s academic (and in some cases with Mitacs’s international partners) and are subject to available funding. 


Application process 

1. Review all eligibility and award guidelines from Mitacs, the international partner, and the Canadian institution.  

2. Participants connect with one another to discuss project interest. Please note that Mitacs cannot connect interested applicants. 

3. Academic supervisors at Canadian institutions obtain endorsement from the Canadian institution before preparing the application. Please contact your local Mitacs Business Development representative for more information on how to obtain endorsement.  

  • ​All projects must be co-funded by the Canadian institution that must contribute $2000 towards the Globalink Research Award.  
  • The Vice President Research (VPR) and Office of Research Services (ORS) (or designate) signatures will be required on the completed application.
  • Applicants should allow 1-3 weeks to obtain the appropriate signatures. 

4. Complete the application package: in addition to completing all the fields in the application form, applicants will be required to submit CVs, letters of support, and a research proposal. Additional information will be provided in the application package.

5. Submit your complete application package: 

  • For projects conducted outside of Canada, academic supervisors at Canadian institutions must submit the complete application package by email to their local Mitacs Business Development representative
  • For projects conducted in Canada, participants must submit the complete application directly to the international partner organization

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with Mitacs’s Research Ethics Policy and other research integrity policies at the home and host institutions.   

All parties involved with Mitacs programs should review the following policy statement and guidelines provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Government of Canada: 

Intern's responsibilities

  • Make all necessary preparations for travel abroad with the appropriate institution office(s) 
  • Obtain appropriate visa, work permit or other immigration documentation required for the destination 
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home institution 
  • Work full-time on the research project (at least 75% abroad, and up to 25% at the home institution) 
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project

Host supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for visiting researchers 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the intern prior to and during the research project 
  • Advise the intern on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation 
  • Provide the intern with any necessary documentation to support the visa application 
  • Ensure the intern has appropriate lab and/or office space and resources during the research project
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the intern 

Home supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for research abroad 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the participant prior to and during the research project 
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the participant 

Additional responsibilities of the Canadian institution and supervisor

In addition to the above, the Canadian supervisors and institutions – whether home or host – have additional responsibilities, specifically:

  • Support interns with the necessary preparations for travel abroad (institutional travel policy, immigration application support) 
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant

Adjudication

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award is competitive with limited awards available. All applications will undergo review by an interdisciplinary team. Proposals will be adjudicated based on the following criteria: 

  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Level of supervision and mentorship committed by the host supervisor
  • Strength of recommendation by the home supervisor
  • Relevance to society and industry
  • Expected benefit to Canada

Once applications are reviewed, outcome letters are typically issued 10-12 weeks after submission that provide the outcome of the review process and outline next steps. 

Funding

  • Projects must begin within one year of the outcome letter being issued
  • Interns must submit the International Pre-departure and Code of Conduct forms, and confirm their project dates in order to receive the award letter 
  • Interns cannot travel until Mitacs has issued both an outcome and award letter 
  • Approved recipients will receive funds to support intern travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and stipend. Mitacs funds will be sent to the Canadian institution’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent) and administered as a research grant in the Canadian supervisor’s name.
  • Some awards are sponsored in part by one of Mitacs’s international partners and funding amounts may vary.  
  • Where awards are partially funded by one of Mitacs’s international partners, interns may receive funds directly through the partner. Where applicable, the outcome letter will provide applicants with instructions for accessing partner funds.
  • Mitacs funds must be spent according to the budget in the application and Tri-Agency eligible expenses. See Mitacs use of funds page for details of eligible expenses for Mitacs programs.
  • Funding is based on a project duration of 12 weeks, though projects durations of up to 24 weeks are acceptable. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other funding sources for longer durations and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.

Deliverables

The following deliverables must be submitted to Mitacs no later than one month after the project concludes:

  • A final report that summarizes the project: the intern is responsible for drafting the final report and securing approval and signatures from the participating supervisors
  • Exit survey from the student
  • Exit survey from the home academic supervisor
  • Exit survey from the host academic supervisor

Intellectual Property

  • Mitacs does not claim any ownership of Intellectual Property developed through research projects and internships that are funded
  • It is recommended that the participating organizations and institutions undertaking a research collaboration through Mitacs-funded projects come to a mutual understanding on the Intellectual Property implications of the project(s)

Eligibility

What is considered an eligible Canadian institution?
An eligible Canadian institution is one that has signed a GRA agreement with Mitacs. Currently, this includes all Canadian universities and some Canadian research institutions. Please contact your local Mitacs Business Development representative to determine Canadian institution eligibility.

Are undergraduate students eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award?
Yes. Undergraduate students are eligible provided they:

  • Have finished their second year of studies prior to departure
  • Remain enrolled full-time during the award
  • Have maintained a B average during the previous two semesters

Are postdoctoral fellows eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award?
Yes, if they received their PhD within five years of the project start date and if they have a postdoctoral fellow status at an eligible institution.

Can I submit a project with multiple host and/or home institutions?
Applicants can submit a project with a primary and secondary home or host supervisor. Note that:

  • the primary host supervisor must be a professor at the institution where the project is conducted
  • the primary home supervisor must be a professor at the intern’s home institution 

Can the home supervisor be a professor affiliated to an institution other than the intern's home institution?
The home supervisor should be affiliated to the institution where the student or postdoctoral fellow is enrolled full time. Supervisors at institutions other than the student or postdoctoral fellow’s institution can be added as secondary supervisors. 

My country is not on the list of eligible countries. Is there another program that could fit my situation? 
If your country does not appear on our list of eligible country, you are ineligible for the GRA program.  

Are alumni of the RISE-Globalink Research Internship eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award? 
Yes. If you were a recipient of the RISE-GRI program, you are still eligible to apply for a Globalink Research Award. Please note that you cannot hold both these awards concurrently; you must have completed one project in order to start on the next.

Can I hold both a Mitacs Globalink Research Award and a studentship or fellowship? 
No, participants cannot simultaneously hold a Globalink Research Award and another Mitacs award. Participants who hold another Mitacs award must complete it prior to receiving a Globalink Research Award.  

At the time of submitting an application, if applicants are also recipients of other non-Mitacs awards, scholarships, or fellowships, they must list all funding sources in their proposal. Each participant is responsible for complying with rules and regulations of their various sources of funding. 

Can I be eligible for GRA more than once?
No, participants may only hold one GRA in their lifetime.  

Before you apply

Can Mitacs help me find a host professor?
No. Students and postdoctoral fellows are responsible for identifying a home and host academic supervisor. You may wish to begin by asking your home supervisor to assist you. 

Do I need the Canadian institution endorsement for an application?
Yes, Canadian academic supervisors must obtain endorsement from the Canadian institution before preparing the application (the VPR, or their appropriate representative, will have to sign on the completed application).Canadian academic supervisors can contact their local Mitacs Business Development representative for more information on how to obtain their institution’s endorsement.  

How do I get the application package and obtain the Canadian VPR endorsement?  
Please contact your local Business Development representative for the application package and instructions on how to obtain the Canadian VPR endorsement.  

Does a Canadian institution need to co-fund my project?
Unless otherwise specified in a call for proposals, all projects must be co-funded by the Canadian institution that must contribute $2000 toward the Globalink Research Award. 

Can a home and/or host supervisor support concurrent Mitacs Globalink Research Awards?
Yes, both supervisors can support multiple awards.

Does Mitacs provide funding for the host academic supervisor?
No, the Globalink Research Award only supports intern travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and stipend.

What status will I have at my home institution while I am in my host country?
 Interns must maintain full-time student or postdoctoral status at their home institution during their time abroad.

Who owns any intellectual property generated during a research project?
Mitacs does not claim any ownership of Intellectual Property developed through research projects and internships that are funded. It is recommended that the participating organizations and institutions undertaking a research collaboration through Mitacs-funded projects come to a mutual understanding on the Intellectual Property implications of the project(s).

Preparing your application

When should I submit an application? 
We accept applications for the Globalink Research Award on an ongoing basis. However, we recommend applicants to apply at least 16 weeks ahead of their planned start date. This is because it typically takes 10-12 weeks for Mitacs to communicate results to the applicants, followed by a few weeks to process the award, and for the applicants to complete their pre-departure preparations.

I will be working with two supervisors at my host institution. What should I include in my application?
You will need to identify a primary supervisor, with whom you will work more closely, and a secondary supervisor.

If your secondary supervisor is taking on any of the host supervisor responsibilities as outlined in our Award Guidelines), then your application should include the following:

  • The secondary supervisor’s contact details
  • The secondary supervisor’s signature
  • A letter of support from the secondary supervisor
  • The secondary supervisor’s CV

If professors other than your primary supervisor are acting as collaborators on the project, but are not taking on any significant supervisory roles, they are not required to be listed on the application form.

What should my supervisors include in their letters of support?
A letter of support is required from each named supervisor on the application (home and host). Each letter of support must:

  • Be written on the institutional letterhead in English or French and signed by the supervisor 
  • Include the supervisor’s contact details, title, department affiliation
  • Outline the supervisor’s support for the participant and project
  • Describe the participant's academic and research qualities and ability to complete the project

After you apply

I applied for the Globalink Research Award. When will I receive my results?
Outcome letters are typically issued 10-12 weeks after application submission. If your application is approved, you must submit the Mitacs International Pre-Departure and Code of Conduct forms, and confirm your project dates in order to receive the award letter. Interns cannot travel until Mitacs has issued both an outcome and award letter. 

Can I travel to my host country before receiving the result of my application?
No. Interns must not begin their travel preparations until they have received both an outcome letter and award letter from Mitacs. Projects must begin within one year of the outcome letter being issued. 

When will my Globalink Research Award funds be available?
The Globalink Research Award is $6,000. Mitacs will provide its portion of the research grant to the Canadian institution once all necessary documentation has been received at Mitacs. Please note that policies regarding the distribution of the research grant can vary according to the Canadian institution’s policies. Please allow approximately two weeks for Mitacs to process funding. Where applicable, Mitacs’s outcome letters will provide instructions for accessing partner funds.

Can Mitacs provide guidance to applicants regarding obtaining visas and work permits (either for Canada or abroad)?
Unfortunately, Mitacs cannot advise interns on immigration procedures and documentation. You should contact the relevant consulate or embassy of your host country as soon as possible to determine the appropriate immigration channel.