The call for faculty proposals for the summer of 2021 is now closed. If you have questions, contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca

 

The call for student applications for the summer of 2021 will open in the summer of 2020. To be notified when the application is open, please complete this form.

 


Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from the following countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships are currently available at over 70 universities across Canada. For more information, please see our list of academic partners.

Globalink Research Internship alumni interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies are eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.​


Questions? Contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca

The call for student applications for the summer of 2021 will open in the summer of 2020.

To be notified when the application is open, please complete this form.
 



Mitacs encourages you to start working on the following items before the call opens:

  • Confirmation that your passport issued by your home country is valid until at least January 2022
    • You are welcome to submit an application if you currently don’t have a valid passport. However, you’ll need to provide a copy of your passport if your application is approved
  • A reference letter from a professor
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcripts (either English or French). If your university or institution cannot provide transcripts in either language, you are responsible for getting them translated and notarized.
    • Transcripts must be included in your application
  • English or French language proficiency tests may be required for some countries, Please check your country’s details for more information. 

In the application, you’ll also be asked about:

  • Your academic discipline, program, and other educational information
  • Your research interests, skills, and achievements
  • Your reasons for pursuing research in Canada

Questions? Contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca

The call for faculty proposals for the summer of 2021 is now closed. If you have questions, contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca

 

The call for student applications for the summer of 2021 will open in the summer of 2020. To be notified when the application is open, please complete this form.

 



Globalink cycle and important dates

  • April to June 2020: Professors submit research projects to Mitacs.  All accepted projects are made available to student applicants in an online database. Professor project proposals are due June 10, 2020, by 1 p.m. PT, for 2021 Globalink Research Internships.
  • July to September 2020: International students submit applications and select research projects from the online database. Mitacs conducts an eligibility review of student applications
  • October to December 2020: Mitacs provides professors with proposed student candidates for their project. Mitacs collects student and professor rankings, then finalizes offers to students. Final results are announced in January.
  • January to April 2021: Successful students start working with their Canadian host professors to arrange pre-internship details (e.g., reading to be completed beforehand) while Mitacs oversees logistics and coordinates with university administrative offices.
  • May to October 2021: Globalink Research Interns arrive in Canada and work with supervising professors for 12 weeks on their research project.


Matching process and evaluation criteria
 

  • Professor project proposals are submitted to Mitacs, reviewed, and upon acceptance, entered into an online database.
  • Applications from students are submitted to Mitacs. Students must select a minimum of three and a maximum of seven research projects from the online database.
  • The Mitacs Research team scores each application based on criteria including, but not limited to, CGPA, university, and research experience, and ranks students based on their score.
  • A list of possible matches is generated by combining the list of projects submitted with the list of eligible students.
  • Faculty and eligible students are invited to contact one another to conduct interviews and review one another for a possible match.
  • Mitacs collects the feedback and each match is weighted based on both the student’s and professor’s rankings.

 

Logistics and student funding
 

Mitacs, in coordination with our partners, oversees, and provides funding for the following:

  • Flight and student visa reimbursement
  • Accommodation and daily stipend
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the internship
  • Coordination with host institutions’ administrative offices to ensure a smooth arrival and registration process
  • Selection of a Globalink Mentor to assist with tasks including picking up students from the airport, escorting them to their residences, organizing social events, and acting as an emergency contact
  • Professional skills courses
  • Industry events, such as meetings with professors, government representatives, and business leaders

 

Roles and responsibilities of the supervisor
 

Host professors must ensure the following is in place for their Globalink Research Intern prior to the start of the internship (as required):

  • Research supervision
  • E-mail and Internet access
  • Lab and/or office space
  • Software or hardware
  • Any safety or orientation information required for the project

Globalink Research Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week on their research project.  During the internship, Globalink Research Interns may be invited to attend industry and/or government relations events, professional skills training courses, or conferences.  Every attempt will be made to schedule these events outside of working hours, and interns should obtain their supervisor’s approval should they have to miss work to participate.

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.  Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the host university’s processes following their institutional policies.



Professor FAQs
 

I submitted a project proposal and was not matched with a Globalink research intern. Why did this happen?
Globalink research interns may not be matched with a project due to one of the following:

  • Students have not selected the project during the application process
  • Students do not have the appropriate skill set or experience to ensure a successful match with their selected project(s)
  • The number of applicants exceeds the number of placements possible with available Globalink Research Internship funding

Can I nominate a specific international student to become a Globalink research intern and work on my research project?
No. Globalink Research Internships are highly competitive. Students must apply during the call for student applications in the summer. If eligible for the program, students are further evaluated and shortlisted. Students can be matched with any project that best suits their research interests and experience.

What countries does the Globalink Research Internship partner with?
For 2021, we accept student applications from select universities in 13 countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. To check the eligibility of specific universities, please refer to the “Who is eligible?” section on the “Student information” tab.

Which disciplines is a Globalink Research Internship open to?
Globalink Research Internships are open to all academic disciplines including humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines.

I submitted a research project to Globalink for the summer of 2021. What is its status?
We are building the capacity to inform professors of the status of their application. Until this becomes available, please refer to our "Globalink cycle and important dates" section.

Can I have more than one Globalink Research Intern placement per year?
Mitacs encourages professors to submit multiple projects, as this may increase the chance of a successful match.

Placements are determined by student preference and as such, Mitacs cannot guarantee that projects will be matched until the final results are announced in late January to mid-February 2021.

Does the Globalink Research Internship provide funding for professors who host Globalink research interns?
No, we do not provide financial compensation to host faculty members. All funds are given directly to the student.

I’m a postdoctoral fellow.  Can I host a Globalink research intern?
In order to host a Globalink research intern, you must be an official faculty member at one of our participating institutions.

Can professors from any Canadian university apply for Globalink Research Internships?
Yes, professors from Mitacs full, associate and honourary university partners are eligible to apply.

How much are Globalink Research Internships worth? What amount can I put on my CV?
GRI funding packages are awarded to students. We can provide a list of what is covered, but we cannot cite a specific dollar amount, as this differs depending on the intern’s home country. All awards cover:

  • Flight
  • Transportation from the airport in Canada to accommodation
  • Stipend for housing
  • Health insurance
  • Student enrolment fees
  • Stipend for food and incidentals
  • Support from student mentors on campus in Canada
  • Registration for industry events and professional development courses

Can a Globalink research intern conduct their research off campus?
Typically, Globalink Research Internships take place on the host institution’s campus. Please contact the Globalink Research Internship team for special considerations at helpdesk@mitacs.ca

 

The call for student applications for the summer of 2021 will open in the summer of 2020.

To be notified when the application is open, please complete this form
 


 

Mitacs encourages you to start working on the following items before the call opens:

  • Confirmation that your passport issued by your home country is valid until at least January 2022
    • You are welcome to submit an application if you currently don’t have a valid passport. However, you’ll need to provide a copy of your passport if your application is approved
  • A reference letter from a professor
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcripts (either English or French)
    • If your university or institution cannot provide transcripts in either language, you are responsible for getting them translated and notarized
    • Transcripts must be included in your application
  • ​English or French language proficiency tests may be required for some countries. Please check your country’s details for more information.

In the application, you’ll also be asked about:

  • Your academic discipline, program, and other educational information
  • Your research interests, skills, and achievements
  • Your reasons for pursuing research in Canada

Questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca



Are you an excellent student interested in developing your research expertise with top professors?

Are you an undergraduate student from the following countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom or the United States interested in exploring your field of study in Canada?

Do you want funding for pursuing graduate school in Canada?

Would you like your CV to include research, professional skills, and international experience?

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships can offer you an international experience like no other.

Canada features excellent universities, outstanding research facilities, cutting-edge industry innovation, and unparalleled undergraduate training opportunities.

Each year between May and October, Globalink Research Internships bring a select group of international undergraduate students to do research at Canada's top universities.

During their internships, students participate in research projects under the supervision of outstanding faculty members, work with graduate students and research associates, and experience the many one-of-a-kind educational, social, and recreational opportunities Canada has to offer.

Questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.



Who is eligible?
 

Eligibility requirements in 2021

Applicants for the 2021 cohort must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or combined undergraduate/master’s program with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021
  • Apply to a minimum of three, maximum of seven, projects and ensure selections are from at least three different Canadian provinces
  • Be fluent in the oral and written language of the project (English and/or French)
  • Be available to complete a 12 consecutive week internship between May 1 and October 31.

Globalink Research Internships are open to students at universities in the following partner countries and regions:

Australia

Note additional requirements for applicants from Australia:

Partner: Universities Australia

Eligible institutions in Australia: University of New England, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, Charles Darwin University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, Victoria University, Deakin University, University of New South Wales, The University of Newcastle, La Trobe University

Eligible applicants: Full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/Master's program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 75%

 

Brazil

Note additional requirements for applicants from Brazil:

Partner: University of São Paulo, Fundação Araucária

Eligible institutions in Brazil: View eligible list

Eligible applicants: Full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 8/10

Additional requirements:

           -University of São Paulo: Have a minimum of four completed semesters in USP program

           -Fundação Araucária: 

  • Must be a registered student at an approved Parana State University
  • Eligible disciplines are Agriculture, Agribusiness, Biotechnology, Health, Science and Technology, Information System, Agronomy. The areas can include Sustainable energies/engineering, Smart cities, Digital transformation/Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Sustainable Development.

 

China

Note additional requirements for applicants from China:

Partner: China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Eligible institutions in China: (opens new window)

Eligible applicants: Chinese citizens; full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 85%

Additional requirements:

You will be required to register with the CSC. Please visit the CSC website to learn how you can register: http://apply.csc.edu.cn   

If you have any questions about registering with the CSC, please contact your home university. Note that you will not be accepted into the Globalink program if you do not meet both Globalink and CSC eligibility requirements and complete both applications.

Candidates must pass language proficiency requirements by meeting one of the following criteria:

1. Majoring in English or French

2. Have studied in an English-speaking or French-speaking language country for more than one academic year (8-12 months)

3. Passed the National Foreign Language Proficiency Test (WSK)

4. Attended advanced English class or intermediate French class in the Pre-departure Training Department designated by the Ministry of Education and obtained the certificate of completion

5. Meet the IELTS (academic) 6.5 or TOEFL-95. Take the French language proficiency test and achieve level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

6. Meet the language requirements through interviews or examinations organized by the host organization. The Canadian supervisor shall issue a separate certificate.

Candidates will be required to submit their language proficiency to the CSC before travelling in 2021.

All candidates must be able to complete three full months of internship without interruption, extension or shortening the duration.  A three-month internship is 90 days long.  No exceptions will be provided.

France

Note additional requirements for applicants from France:

Partners: Embassy of France in Canada, University of Bordeaux, University of Lorraine, University of Grenoble Alpes

Eligible institutions in France:  All French universities

Eligible applicants: Full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 12/20 or equivalent

-University of Lorraine special CGPA requirement: 3.5 (70%)

-University of Grenoble Alpes special CGPA requirement: 3 (60%)

Additional Requirements:

-niversity of Lorraine: Applicants must also pass language proficiency requirements by completing the TOEFL or IELTS. This information will be collected directly by the University of Lorraine.

-University of Grenoble Alpes: Applicants must be L3 or M1 students and must notify Zoraida Martinez Racini (uga-mitacs@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) of their application and provide a copy of a TOEFL, IELTS, or other language certification after completing their application.

Note: If you cannot find your home institution on the drop-down menu, email helpdesk@mitacs.ca and we will determine if it can be added to the list

Germany

Note additional requirements for applicants from Germany:

Partner: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Eligible institutions in Germany:  All German universities

Eligible applicants: Full-time Bachelor, Staatsexamen or Diplom students with zero to four semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021(German applicants enrolled in a master’s degree are not eligible for the program)

Eligible disciplines: Biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, physics and related fields of study

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 2.9/6 or lower

Special instructions: Applicants may request shorter internships, with a minimum 10-week duration. These exception requests must be sent to, and approved by, Mitacs.

Note: If you cannot find your home institution on the drop-down menu, email helpdesk@mitacs.ca and we will determine if it can be added to the list.

Hong Kong

Note additional requirements for applicants from Hong Kong:

Partner: The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Eligible university: The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Eligible applicants: Full-time undergraduate students at the University of Hong Kong with one to four semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 3.3

India

Note additional requirements for applicants from India:

Partners: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Eligible institutions in India(opens new window)

Eligible applicants: Indian citizens; full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021.

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 80% (AICTE), 75% (Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute)

Note: Must be 18 years of age or older

Mexico

Note additional requirements for applicants from Mexico:

Partners: EDUCAFIN, Government of the State of Guanajuato, Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño, Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

Eligible institutions in MexicoAll Mexican universities

Eligible applicants: Mexican citizens; full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/Mmaster’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 80% or equivalent

Additional requirements:

Guanajuato State: Applicants must be Mexican citizens born in the State of Guanajuato or residing in Guanajuato for at least 2 years. Students cannot participate if they received a mobility scholarship in the 2020 fiscal year.

ITESM: Successful ITESM applicants will be required to contribute $2,500 toward their internship

Note: If you cannot find your home institution on the drop-down menu, email helpdesk@mitacs.ca and we will determine if it can be added to the list

Taiwan

Note additional requirements for applicants from Taiwan:

Partner: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

Eligible institution in TaiwanNational Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

Eligible applicants: Full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 77%

Tunisia

Note additional requirements for applicants from Tunisia:

Partners: Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Medtech

Eligible institutions in Tunisia(opens new window)

Eligible applicants: Students enrolled in an eligible university; full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 12/20

Eligible disciplines: Engineering, Finance, Marketing, Supply chain and Operations Management, Management, Business analytics, Data science, Social science and Humanities

Ukraine

Note additional requirements for applicants from Ukraine:

Partner: Ukrainian Ministry of Science and Education

Eligible institutions in Ukraine: (opens new window)

Eligible applicants: Students enrolled in an eligible university; full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/master’s program) with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021

Minimum cumulative grade point average: 80%

United Kingdom

Note additional requirements for applicants from the United Kingdom:

Partner: Universities UK International (UUKi) and Department for Education

Eligible institutions in the United Kingdom(opens new window)

Additional requirements:  Students from the UK will need to have applied to the UUKi call for proposals via their home institution and received confirmation of eligibility. Only candidates verified by UUKi and holding a letter of approval from their institution will be eligible to apply. For more information on whether you are eligible, please contact sophie.dasilva@international.ac.uk or visit https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/International/funding-and-opportunities/Pages/mitacs-globalink-research-internships.aspx

Eligible applicants: Students that have applied to the (UUKi) call via their home institution and have received notification of selection. All participants must be full-time undergraduate students with one to four semesters (one year) remaining in their undergraduate program as of Fall 2021

Minimum weighted average: 65% equivalent to a high 2:1

Note: Students applying from the UK may provide a screenshot of their academic portal demonstrating marks achieved to date in lieu of the availability of official up-to-date transcripts.  Electives /"outside courses" may be included.

United States

More details to follow

 

What a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship offers you:
 

  • A 12-week internship that increases your knowledge of and explores hands-on research in your field of study
  • Access to Canada’s unique research landscape: applied, dynamic and innovative
  • A rewarding experience combining academic research at a Canadian university campus, professional skills development courses and social activities
  • A chance for you to explore your independence and gain international experience in a new country
  • The opportunity for you to connect with potential graduate supervisors should you be interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies with a Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship

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