The Mitacs Globalink Research Award supports research collaborations between Canada and select partner countries. The award is open to graduate students. Select destinations are also open to senior undergraduates. Funding and eligible disciplines vary by destination.

The call for applications for this initiative is now closed.  Results will be communicated in July 2017. Candidates can begin their projects in Fall 2017, and must begin within one year of receiving their results. A call for proposals occurs twice a year, typically in January and September. Applications are awarded competitively and subject to available funding.

The following opportunities support travel and research from Canada to:

Brazil

  • Open to: senior undergraduates and graduate students at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs
  • Destination: universities in Brazil
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks

China

  • Open to: senior undergraduates and graduate students at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens, permanent residents (permanent residents cannot hold Chinese citizenship) 
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs
  • Destination: universities in mainland China
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks
  • Offered in partnership with the China Scholarship Council

France

Inria Research Centres:

  • Open to: graduate students at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs and approximately €540 monthly stipend from Inria
  • Destination: Inria Research Centres in France
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks
  • Offered in partnership with Inria

India

  • Open to: senior undergraduates and graduate students at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs
  • Destination: universities in India
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks

Korea

  • Open to: graduate students in STEM disciplines at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs
  • Destination: Korean universities
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks
  • Offered in partnership with the  National Research Foundation of Korea

Mexico

  • Open to: senior undergraduates and graduate students at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs
  • Destination: universities in Mexico
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks

Tunisia

  • Open to: senior undergraduates and graduate students at Canadian universities
  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students
  • Funding: $5,000 from Mitacs and Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Destination: public universities in Tunisia
  • Project length: 12–24 weeks
  • Offered in partnership with Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

The call for applications for this initiative is now closed. A call for proposals occurs twice a year, typically in January and September. Applications are awarded competitively and subject to available funding.

 APPLICATION PACKAGE

  • Globalink Research Award application form [zip] (you may require the latest version of Adobe Reader)
  • Research proposal [doc]
  • Student CV on Mitacs template [doc]
  • Letters of support from both participating professors. Both letters must:
    • Be written on university letterhead
    • Provide the supervisor’s title and department
    • Outline supervisory and/or financial support for the student and project
    • Describe the student’s academic and research qualities, outstanding achievements, and ability to complete the project
  • Host supervisor’s CV in English or French, including funding history, publications, and graduate students supervised
  • For undergraduate applicants only: transcripts for current degree program, including cumulative grade point average (GPA) and GPA for each semester
  • Student Code of Conduct and Ethics [doc]*
  • International pre-departure form [pdf]*

*These forms can be submitted after the submission of the application; however, funds will not be released until Mitacs receives these forms.


How to apply:

  1. Review all eligibility and award guidelines
  2. Collect all required signatures on sections 6 and 7 of application form: student, home supervising professor, host supervising professor, and appropriate home university office. Signatures can be electronic or a scanned image. Contact Mitacs at international(at)mitacs.ca if you require clarification.
    • Mitacs recommends allowing 1–2 weeks to secure university signatures and confirm internal deadlines; students are responsible for confirming any applicable deadlines with their universities.

  3. Submit the completed proposal and supplementary documentation by email to apply(at)mitacs.ca by the posted deadline. 
    1. Keep emails to less than 10MB. If necessary, send multiple emails. 

    2. The application form must be submitted in its original fillable format. Only Sections 6 and 7 may be submitted as a scanned PDF if digital signatures cannot be obtained.

    3. Letters of support can be included in the application or sent separately by professors to apply(at)mitacs.ca

    4. Your subject heading must be in the following format: “Student first and last name_Destination_Mitacs partner, if applicable” (e.g., John Doe_France_Inria, Jane Doe_Brazil). Do not include any other information in the subject heading.

  4. Consult with your university’s international office to determine any requirements for travel to and research abroad

 

Travel to the destination is not permitted prior to the approval of the award AND Mitacs’ receipt of the International Pre-departure and Student Code of Conduct and Ethics forms. Neither Mitacs nor its international partners are responsible for costs incurred before an application is approved.



What happens next

  1. Mitacs will contact participants about their proposal outcomes 18 weeks after the deadline. 
  2. The student provides the completed Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics and International Pre-departure forms to Mitacs
  3. Where applicable, Mitacs forwards its portion of the Globalink Research Award funds to the Canadian university’s Office of Research Services. Mitacs will provide details on the disbursement of partner funds, if relevant, in the applicant’s outcome letter. 
  4. The student departs to the destination and begins the research project  

Students

  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree and/or been employed
  • Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada). Citizenship requirements may vary by destination (see the About for more information).
  • Must be registered for full-time studies at a Canadian university and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award
  • 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

Undergraduate eligibility

Undergraduate students can only travel to select destinations. These applicants must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure and maintain a B average in their two most recent semesters.

Home supervising professors

  • Must hold a faculty position at a Canadian university  
  • Must be eligible to supervise graduate students and hold Tri-Council funding

Host supervising professors

  • Must be recognized faculty members at their institutions  
  • Must be eligible to host graduate students

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program 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.

Student’s responsibilities

  • Make all necessary preparations for travel abroad 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
  • Work full-time on the research project
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project

Home supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for research abroad
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student prior to and during the research project
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the student

Host supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for visiting researchers 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student prior to and during the research project
  • Advise the student on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation
  • Provide the student with any necessary documentation to support the visa application
  • Ensure the student 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 student

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:
  • Expected benefit to the student’s academic studies and research career
  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Level of supervision and mentorship committed by the host supervisor
  • Strength of recommendation by the home supervisor

Outcome letters are typically issued 18 weeks after the call deadline.

About Globalink Research Award adjudication (PDF)
 

Funding

  • Mitacs issues the award letter after the student has provided their International Pre-Departure and Student Code of Conduct forms, respectively, and confirmed their project dates. Students cannot travel until Mitacs has issued both an outcome and award letter. Projects must begin within one year of the outcome letter being issued.
  • Approved recipients will receive funds to support student travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and student stipend. Mitacs funds will be sent to the home university’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent) and administered as a research grant in the home supervisor’s name.
  • Funding amounts vary by international partner and host country. Mitacs’ outcome letters will provide applicants with instructions for accessing partner funds (where applicable).
  • Funds must be spent according to the proposal budget and Tri-Council eligible expenses
  • 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:
  • final report  that summarizes the project.
  • The student 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

I applied for the Globalink Research Award. When will I receive my results?
Outcome letters are typically issued 18 weeks after the call deadline. Mitacs issues the award letter after the student has provided their International Pre-Departure and Student Code of Conduct forms, respectively, and confirmed their project dates. Students cannot travel until Mitacs has issued both an outcome and award letter. Projects must begin within one year of the outcome letter being issued.*

Is the Mitacs Globalink Research Award open for travel to all countries?
Not currently. Brazil, mainland China, India, France, Mexico and Tunisia are eligible destinations; however, Mitacs may amend the eligible partner countries at its discretion.

Which disciplines are eligible for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award?
All academic disciplines are eligible.

Are undergraduate students eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award?
Yes; however, undergraduates may not be eligible to travel to all destinations offered — please confirm eligibility for each desired destination. 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?
No, the award is only open to senior undergraduate and graduate students.

Can Mitacs help me find a host professor?
No. Students are responsible for identifying a host academic supervisor abroad. We suggest asking your home supervisor to assist you in this search.

What should my supervisors include in their letters of support?
Each letter of support must:

  • Be written on university 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 student and project 
  • Describe the student’s academic and research qualities and ability to complete the project

Should my supervisors send their letters of support directly to Mitacs?
The supervisor or student can send a letters of support to apply(at)mitacs.ca. Emails should include the student’s full name and award name in the subject line: “Student first and last name_destination_Mitacs partner, if applicable” (e.g., John Doe_France_Inria, Jane Doe_Brazil).

Can I hold both a Mitacs Globalink Research Award and a studentship or fellowship?
Mitacs does not restrict students from holding multiple awards, scholarships, or fellowships; however, students must list all funding sources in their proposal. Each student is responsible for complying with rules and regulations of their current funding.

Can I hold a Mitacs Globalink Research Award at the same time as another Mitacs award?
No, students cannot simultaneously hold a Globalink Research Award and another Mitacs award. Students who hold another Mitacs award must complete it prior to receiving a Globalink Research Award.

When will my Globalink Research Award funds be available?
Mitacs will provide its portion of the research grant to the home university 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 home university. Please allow approximately two weeks for Mitacs to process funding. Where applicable, Mitacs’ outcome letters will provide instructions for accessing partner funds. 

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 student travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and student stipend.

What status will I have at my home university while I am in my host country?
Participants must maintain full-time student status at their home university in Canada during their time abroad.

Who owns any intellectual property generated during a research project?
Intellectual property is shared between the university and their researchers, in accordance with the relevant policies of the home university, unless a separate agreement is negotiated.