The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects abroad.

  • Up to $5,000 in research award to the Canadian supervisor for student travel expenses
  • Open to all disciplines
  • For joint projects with academic collaborators over 12-24 weeks abroad
  • Partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, and Vietnam
  • Applications accepted any time; 

Mitacs recommends applicants submit applications by September 28, 2015, for projects starting in Winter 2016. If you would like to travel in Fall 2015, please submit your application to intsubmission(at)mitacs.ca as soon as possible. 

Contact Mitacs International at international(at)mitacs.ca should you have any questions regarding the application or eligibility requirements.

The Globalink Research Award provides an opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues around the world through the mobility of senior undergraduate and graduate students.

Student recipients of the Globalink Research Award will develop research skills, cultural fluency and professional network, becoming part of Canada’s generation of global innovators.

The benefits also include:

  • No deadlines. Applications are accepted at any time
  • Simple and quick application process 
  • Strengthens international research collaborations
  • Funding provided to support the student’s travel costs. 

 

How it works
 

  • Students and their home university academic supervisors submit Globalink Research Award applications directly to Mitacs by email at intsubmission(at)mitacs.ca.
    • Undergraduate students are asked to identify and contact a faculty member in their department who will supervise the research project and assist the student in developing a research plan in partnership with an academic supervisor at a host institution. For example, this could be a course project supervisor, senior year research project supervisor, a course professor, the undergraduate chair in their home department, etc. 
  • Approved projects last a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks abroad
  • Mitacs will award successful applicants up to $5,000 in funding to cover travel and accommodation costs. Funding will be in the form of a research grant to the home university academic supervisor. 

The Globalink Research Award cycle begins with the submission of a research project and is complete upon Mitacs receipt of the final report and exit surveys.

Home academic supervisors are responsible for providing prospective Globalink Research Award recipients with preparation, direction and support prior to and during their research project, in conjunction with the policies of their home institution. They must also assume fiduciary responsibility for the research grant (which will be held at their university) and cover expenses related to the project.

Mitacs strives to ensure that Globalink Research Award students have a high-quality research experience with internationally recognized professors who facilitate expanding their knowledge and provide hands-on training in their field of study.

Eligibility


Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a Globalink Research Award for research at a university outside of Canada, a student must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student 
  • Be registered for full-time studies at a Canadian university as a senior undergraduate student or graduate student
  • Demonstrate skills and interest suitable to the project(s) in question 
  • Have identified a faculty member at their home university to supervise the project and administer the funds
    • For undergraduate students only: Mitacs will allow oversight and administration of the funds to be performed through alternative arrangements as per the home institution’s policies. Please contact Mitacs to make such arrangements. 
  • Have identified a host academic supervisor with a faculty appointment at an accredited university in a Mitacs partner country
  • Meet all necessary travel requirements for the intended destination
  • Undergraduate student eligibility:
    • Have completed their second year of studies prior to departure
    • Enrolled in full-time studies and remain as such throughout the duration of the Globalink Research Award
    • Maintain a B average or equivalent thereof

Students cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree or been employed.

Home University Academic Supervisor Eligibility

An academic supervisor for recipients of the Globalink Research Award must:

  • Be a faculty member at a Canadian university who is eligible to supervise graduate students and can hold Tri-Council funding
  • Adhere to university policies regarding research abroad 
  • Approve a faculty member at an eligible host university to collaborate with and host the graduate student during the research project
  • Be willing to supervise and support the student with the development of the research plan and oversee the project. 

Host University Academic Supervisor Eligibility

The host faculty supervisor for the Globalink Research Award must:

  • Be a recognized faculty member at an accredited university in one of Mitacs partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico or Vietnam who is eligible to supervise graduate students.

How to Apply
 

Applicants from Canadian universities who have an identified research project and a host supervisor at an accredited university in a Mitacs partner country must submit an application directly to Mitacs. 

A complete application includes the following:

  • Proposal Application (please use template provided)
  • Signature page signed by all parties, including home university’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent thereof)
  • Student CV (students must use the template on Mitacs website)
  • Full transcripts for current degree program (undergraduate students only)
    • Undergraduate students can submit an unofficial copy of their transcript, but it must include their cumulative grade point average (GPA). 
  • Letters of support from the home supervisor and host supervisor, respectively.  Each letter must:
    • Be written on the university letterhead and signed by the supervisor
    • Include the respective supervisors’ contact details, including title, department affiliation, and university or institution, in English or French
    • Include details outlining support for the student and the research project
    • Be submitted via email to Mitacs at intsubmission(at)mitacs.ca with the student’s name in the subject heading 
  • Host Supervisor’s CV, outlining the host supervisor’s:
    • Funding history
    • Publications
    • Graduate students supervised
  • Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form*
  • International Pre-departure Form*
  • Any supplementary documents, as applicable

*The International Pre-departure Form and 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.

Applicants must submit their completed application by email as a PDF document to intsubmission(at)mitacs.ca.  Mitacs recommends keeping individual PDF files to less than 2MB.

Applicants should apply approximately 10-12 weeks prior to the start of the project to allow for adjudication, filing of appropriate documentation, and travel and accommodation arrangements.

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

Expectations of Participants


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.

Expectations of the Student

Prior to and during the Globalink Research Award, recipients are expected to:

  • Identify a home academic supervisor who will supervise the project and help to develop a research plan in partnership with a host academic supervisor at a host institution
  • Develop a research plan in partnership with the academic supervisors at their home and host universities 
  • Make all necessary pre-departure preparations in consultation with the appropriate university office(s), including:
    • Applying for appropriate travel documents including passport and visa, and consulting the relevant foreign mission where necessary
    • Obtaining comprehensive medical and health insurance appropriate for travel destination
    • Obtaining appropriate immunization and/or prophylaxis for regional destinations and ensure that their routine immunizations are up to date. Consultation with travel medical and all health care providers is strongly recommended.
    • If Canadian, registering with the Registry for Canadians Abroad
    • If not a Canadian citizen, registering with foreign office of country of citizenship before leaving Canada
    • Registering with the home university’s Safety Abroad Database and or equivalent thereof
  • Attend all mandatory sessions prior to departure and during the project as stipulated by the home university
  • Ensure compliance with home university policies surrounding research abroad
  • Ensure compliance with host university policies surrounding visiting scholars 
  • Make appropriate travel bookings
  • Organize monthly status meetings with academic supervisor(s)
  • Provide updates on the status of the project to Mitacs, as required
  • Ensure confidentiality of partner university information as specified in the research plan
  • Prepare a final report for Mitacs at the conclusion of the project that details the research performed, its results and any recommendations, with input from the home and host academic supervisors
  • Complete a Mitacs exit survey within one month of the completion of the project.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award recipients are expected to work full-time on their research project for the duration of their award, in accordance with home university policies. Should they require time off from their research, they are expected to seek permission from their supervising professor(s).

Expectations of the Home University Academic Faculty Supervisor

Prior to and during the Mitacs Globalink Research Award period, the home academic supervisor is expected to:

  • Develop a research plan in partnership with the student and host academic supervisor 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student 
  • Participate in status meetings, as necessary
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the grant, including ensuring appropriate expenditures consistent with the objectives of the initiative and proposed budget
    • For undergraduate students only: Mitacs will allow oversight and administration of the funds to be performed through alternative arrangements as per the home institution’s policies. Please contact Mitacs to make such arrangements.
  • Assist the student with pre-departure preparations, and ensure the student maintains home university requirements and policies with regards to research abroad
  • Assist the student in identifying a faculty member abroad who would serve as a host supervisor. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to identify and approach host supervisors.
  • Complete a Mitacs exit survey within one month of the completion of the project.

Expectations of the Host University Academic Faculty Supervisor

Prior to and during the Globalink Research Award period, the host academic supervisor is expected to:

  • Assist the student in developing the research plan in conjunction with the home academic supervisor, where appropriate
  • Participate in regular meetings with the student and home academic supervisor, where appropriate
  • Ensure that the student has access to the appropriate lab and/or office space, internet access and computing facilities
  • Assist the student in their pre-departure preparations, including providing:
    • Necessary pre-departure information and or materials for smooth transition
    • Documentation and support required for visa application
    • Advice on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodations
    • Support, information and a safety orientation to the student in his/her dealings within the host institution
    • Ensure the student can comply with the host institution’s policies and procedures for visiting scholars
  • Ensure that the student’s activities at the host institution are limited to those specified in the research plan
  • Complete an exit survey within one month of the completion of the project.

Mitacs Responsibilities

Mitacs administers the Globalink Research Award. Its responsibilities include:

  • Promoting opportunities to Canadian universities, faculty, senior undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty and institutions in Mitacs partner countries.
  • Undertaking proposal adjudication
  • Collecting and managing funds from partners and funding agencies
  • Forwarding funds to academic supervisors via university Offices of Research Services
  • Monitoring the overall success of the initiative.

 

Award Funding
 

  • Each approved award will receive up to $5,000 in direct funding from Mitacs to support the direct costs of the student’s travel 
  • Mitacs support will be provided to the student’s home academic supervisor via the Office of Research Services (or equivalent thereof) and administered as a research grant according to the policies and procedures of both Mitacs and the university.
  • Applicants must provide a detailed budget outlining the travel costs associated with the international research project, other sources of funding and resources to support the project and funding request for Mitacs funds
  • No funds will be released if the completed International Pre-Departure Form and/or Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics forms are outstanding. 

Expense Guidelines

Approved applicants will be awarded up to $5,000 as a research grant, based on the funding request detailed in the application’s budget. Mitacs recognizes that awarded funding may not be sufficient to cover all costs associated with travel for research projects abroad, and applicants are encouraged to seek support from other sources. Discretion should be used when allocating funds towards travel and accommodations (e.g. Mitacs funds may only be used towards lowest cost economy class tickets for travel).


 

Adjudication
 

Mitacs Globalink Research Award proposals will be reviewed with the following instructions provided to reviewers:

Please remember that Mitacs Globalink Research Awards are open to proposals from all academic disciplines. Please also note that this is a short project geared towards a senior undergraduate or graduate student as opposed to a faculty member, and should be judged as such. If the proposal is not satisfactory, please provide constructive comments to help the student improve the proposal whenever possible. 

  1. Does the proposal describe a research project with clear and well-articulated objectives? 
  2. Are the methodologies sufficiently detailed?
  3. Are the methodologies appropriate for the type of proposed work?
  4. Is the timeline realistic?
  5. Will the project benefit the student’s research career?
  6. Does the project strengthen a new or existing international collaboration?
  7. Does the proposal outline appropriate academic supervision for the student?
  8. Do the letters of support indicate that the proposed intern is a good student candidate to undertake the study?
  9. Does the proposal describe a research project that is appropriate for the discipline?

Please note that while adjudication is expected to take about 4 weeks we suggest that applicants submit their applications at least 10-12 weeks prior to the start of the project to allow adequate time to make necessary travel and accommodation arrangements, obtain  necessary travel documents, and complete necessary international pre-departure requirements.

Maximum Number of Awards

Senior undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive ONE Mitacs Globalink Research Award per academic life time.


 

Deliverables
 

Mitacs Globalink Research Award recipients, their home academic supervisors and host academic supervisors must provide the following to Mitacs no later than a month after the conclusion of the project:

A concise final report that:

  • Summarizes research goals, research techniques used and a summary of research outcomes
  • Benefits of the international research collaboration
  • Identifies benefits for the host institution
  • Identifies future research plans. 

Exit surveys from the:

  • Globalink Research Award recipient
  • Home academic supervisor
  • Host academic supervisor.
I am a student who is interested in completing a research project abroad. Can Mitacs help me find a host academic supervisor?

Students are responsible for identifying a host academic supervisor. As a starting point, we suggest speaking with your home academic supervisor to assist you in this search.

Can I hold both a Mitacs Globalink Research Award and a Tri-Council (or provincially) funded studentship or fellowship?

Mitacs does not restrict students holding multiple awards, scholarships, or fellowships but applications must list all sources of funding in their application for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award. Students are responsible for checking with the relevant council or agency for current information regarding the rules and regulations on holding current awards prior to applying.

My Mitacs Globalink Research Award application has been approved. When will the funds be available?

Mitacs will provide the research grant to the home university once all necessary documentation has been received at Mitacs. Please allow 2 weeks for Mitacs to process funding.

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

Is the Mitacs Globalink Research Award open for travel to all countries?
Currently, travel to the following countries is supported: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, and Vietnam. Mitacs may expand this list of countries at its discretion.

Which disciplines are eligible for Mitacs Globalink Research Award?

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award is open to all academic disciplines.

Can a home and/or host academic supervisor support more than one Mitacs Globalink Research Award at the same time?

Both home and host academic supervisors can support more than one Mitacs Globalink Research Award recipient.

Does Mitacs provide funding for the host academic supervisor?

No, we do not provide financial compensation to host academic supervisors.

Is a postdoctoral fellow eligible to support a Mitacs Globalink Research Award recipient as a home academic supervisor?

The home academic supervisor must be a faculty member at a Canadian university and eligible to hold Tri-Council research funding.

Can professors from any Canadian university support Mitacs Globalink Research Award recipient?

Home academic supervisors must be a faculty member at a Canadian university eligible to hold Tri-Council research funding.

Can professors from any university abroad host a Mitacs Globalink Research Award recipient?

Host academic supervisors must be official faculty members at an accredited university in one of Mitacs partner countries.

What is the review process for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award?

Mitacs Globalink Research Award proposals will be reviewed by Mitacs. Each proposal will be evaluated independently and must meet the standards for the Globalink Research Award.

Please note that while adjudication is approximately 4 weeks in length we suggest that applicants submit their applications at least 10-12 weeks prior to the start of the project to allow adequate time to make necessary travel and accommodation arrangements, obtaining necessary travel documents, and completing necessary international pre-departure requirements.

Travel to the partner country prior to Mitacs approval is not permitted and Mitacs will not be responsible for any costs incurred before the application is adjudicated. Travel may not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paper work including the International Pre-departure Form, Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form, and the application has been approved.

I am an undergraduate student, am I eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award?

Senior undergraduate students at a Canadian university are eligible for the Globalink Research Award if they have completed their second year of undergraduate studies prior to departure; are enrolled in full-time studies and remain as such through the Globalink Research Award; and maintain a B average or equivalent.

I am a senior undergraduate student. Do I require a home academic supervisor?

To participate in the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, you will need to identify a faculty supervisor at your home institution. We suggest speaking with course project supervisors, senior year research project advisors, course professors or faculty within your department to see if they would be willing to supervise you for this particular research project.

Are postdoctoral fellows eligible for a Mitacs Globalink Research Award?

No. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award is only open to senior undergraduate students and graduate students.

What status will I have at my home university while I am in my host country?

All participants should maintain full-time student status at their home university in Canada during their time abroad.

What should my supervisors include in their letters of support?
Each letter of support should be written on university letterhead and signed by the supervisor. It should include the supervisor’s contact details, including title, department affiliation and university or institution, in English or French. The letter should outline the supervisor’s support for the student and the research project. 

How far in advance should I submit my application for the Globalink Research Award?
Mitacs recommends students submit their applications 10-12 weeks in advance of their planned pre-departure date. This will ensure students have enough time to complete all of the pre-departure requirements. In addition, students should submit their International Pre-Departure form and the Mitacs Student Code of Conduct & Ethics form at least three weeks in advance of their departure date.