The call for applications is now closed.

 


The pandemic we are living through has shown the importance of international research collaborations to tackle global challenges. To foster future opportunities for researcher mobility, and help plant the seeds for recovery, Mitacs is pleased to launch a special initiative in cooperation with several of our international partners: a competitive call for applications to our Mitacs Globalink Research Award program in areas of strategic importance for the Canadian and international research communities. 
 
Under the joint supervision of a home and host professor at a university in Canada and an institution affiliated with one of Mitacs’s international partners, senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows included in successful applications will receive a $6,000 research award to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project in the other country. 
 
Although there are limitations on international travel at the present time, research projects selected through this call for applications will have up to a year to begin (February 2023). All potential applicants must check with their institutions about their policies on international travel prior to submitting an application.
 
The themes and subthemes are as follows. Please note that we believe there is a great deal of scope in many of the subthemes for proposals with a focus on the social sciences and humanities and/or interdisciplinary approaches:

1. Advanced computing (Quantum and AI)

  • Quantum computing 
  • Advanced materials for computing and other advanced computing technologies 
  • AI and health 
  • AI and climate change 
  • Cybersecurity 

2. Achieving Net Zero 

  • Sustainable technologies 
  • Future cities/IoT 
  • Environmental sustainability 
  • Circular economy 
  • Water 
  • Food Security 

3. Global Health

  • OneHealth 
  • Innovations in therapies and prevention 
  • Biomanufacturing 
  • Healthy aging 
  • Mental health and wellbeing 

Mitacs is pleased to be collaborating with the following international partners in this thematic call for applications. For more information on the participating international partners and their specific eligibility requirements, go to the “International partners information” tab. 

  • Belgium: Wallonie Bruxelles International (WBI) 
  • Brazil/Mexico: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) 
  • France: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) 
  • France: École Polytechnique 
  • France: Embassy of France in Canada 
  • France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria) 
  • France: Université de Bordeaux 
  • France: Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) 
  • France: Université de Lorraine 
  • Germany: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Helmholtz Association) 
  • Germany: Forschungszentrum Jülich (Helmholtz Association) 
  • Germany: GSI Heavy Ion Institute (Helmholtz Association) 
  • Germany/USA/Luxembourg/Italy/The Netherlands: Max Planck Society 
  • Israel: Council for Higher Education (CHE) 
  • Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Korea: National Research Foundation (NRF) 
  • Mexico: Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP)
  • Mexico: Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño (UTR) – Aguascalientes 
  • Singapore: National Research Foundation (NRF-Singapore) / AISG 
  • South Africa: National Research Foundation 
  • Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University, Global Research and Industry Alliance (NCKU GLORIA) 
  • Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech) 
  • United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

In addition to these general eligibility requirements, please also refer to the International Partners Information tab for partner-specific eligibility requirements.

Students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at an eligible Canadian institution or eligible institution outside Canada 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 who are enrolled in an eligible country other than Canada and who wish 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 institution 
  • Must be eligible to supervise graduate students 
  • Supervisors at Canadian institutions: Must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding

Belgium: Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI)

Travel direction: Travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students, postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible Institutions: 

  • Université catholique de Louvain 
  • Université libre de Bruxelles 
  • Université de Liège 
  • Université de Mons 
  • Université de Namur 
  • Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles 

Other requirements: N/A

Themes: All themes 

Website: Wallonie-Bruxelles International 

Brazil and Mexico: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions (Brazil): 

  • Universidade Federal do Amapá 
  • Universidade Federal de Goías 
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba 
  • Universidade Federal de Pelotas 
  • Universidade Federal do Ceará 
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho 
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas 
  • Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana 
  • Universidade do Estado Do Rio de Janeiro 
  • Universidade de Brasília 
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Universidade do Vale do Sapucai
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense 
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco 
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro 
  • Universidade Federal de Uberlândia 
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná 
  • Universidade Federal do Pará 
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul 

Eligible institutions (Mexico):

  • Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados 
  • Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México 
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Universidad Veracruzana 

Other requirements: Project has to be in the French language and submitted in French. The eligible institutions in Canada, Brazil and Mexico must be members of Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and up to date in the membership fees. 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

France: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: All labs identified as UMR (Unité Mixte de Recherche) 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) 

France: École Polytechnique

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time senior undergraduates, master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: École Polytechnique 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: École Polytechnique

France: French Embassy in Canada 

Travel direction: Travel from Canada only 

Intern level: Full-time senior undergraduates, master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: All universities in France 

Other requirements: 3 students maximum per project

Themes: All themes 

Website: French Embassy in Canada

France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria) 

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: 

  • Travel to Canada: Full-time PhD students
  • Travel from Canada: Full-time master’s or PhD students 

Duration: 16–24 weeks 

Award: 

  • Travel to Canada: approximately $9,000 to $12,300
  • Travel from Canada: approximately $6,200 to $7,800 

Eligible institutions: Centres de recherche Inria: 

  • Bordeaux Sud-Ouest 
  • Grenoble Rhône Alpes 
  • Lille - Nord Europe 
  • Centre Inria Nancy - Grand Est 
  • Paris 
  • Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique 
  • Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée 
  • Saclay - Île-de-France 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)

France: Université de Bordeaux

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada

Intern level:

  • Travel to Canada: full-time master’s and PhD students or postdoctoral fellows  
  • Travel from Canada: full-time senior undergraduate, master’s and PhD students or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks

Award: $6,000

Eligible institutions: Université de Bordeaux

Other requirements: N/A

Themes: All themes 

Website: Université de Bordeaux

France: Université de Grenoble Alpes (UGA) 

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: 

  • Travel to Canada: Master 1 or Master 2 student, Doctoral student or full-time postdoctoral researcher at UGA 
  • Travel from Canada: full-time senior undergraduate, master’s and PhD students or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: Université de Grenoble Alpes (UGA) 

Other requirements: Focus on SSH and a multidisciplinary approach 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Université Grenoble Alpes

France: Université de Lorraine

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: 

  • Travel to Canada: full-time master’s and PhD students or postdoctoral fellows 
  • Travel from Canada: full-time senior undergraduate, master’s and PhD students or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: Université de Lorraine 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Université de Lorraine

Germany: Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ Helmholtz Association)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: 

  • Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C) 
  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS) 
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) 
  • Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG) 
  • Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI) 
  • Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) 
  • Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) 
  • Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) 
  • Nuclear Physics Institute (IKP) 
  • Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA) 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ Helmholtz Association)

Germany: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks  

Award: $6,000  

Eligible institutions: KIT departments and KIT divisions 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes:  

  • Advanced computing (Quantum and AI) 
  • Achieving net zero 

Website: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Germany: GSI Heavy Ion Institute (Helmholtz Association)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks  

Award: $6,000  

Eligible institutions: 

  • Helmholtzzentrum Campus Darmstadt  
  • Helmholtz Institute Mainz  
  • Helmholtz Institute Jena 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: GSI Heavy Ion Institute

Germany/USA/Luxembourg/Italy/The Netherlands: Max Planck Society 

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award:  

  • Travel to Canada: $6,000 (approximately) 
  • Travel from Canada: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: All Max Planck Society institutes 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Max Planck Society

Israel: Council for Higher Education (CHE)

Travel direction: Travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: All universities in Israel 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Council for Higher Education (CHE) 

Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Travel direction: Travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time senior undergraduates, master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $3,000 + Airfare + Accomodation

Eligible institutions: Information Technology and Human Factors Department

Other requirements: N/A

Themes: All themes 

Website: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Korea: National Research Foundation (NRF) Korea

Travel direction: Travel from Canada  

Intern level: Full time master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000  

Eligible institutions: All universities in Korea 

Other requirements: Participants applying from Canada must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada 

Themes: All themes 

Website: National Research Foundation of Korea

Mexico: Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) 

Travel direction: Travel from Canada  

Intern level: Full-time senior undergraduates, master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Duration: 12–24 weeks  

Award: $6,000  

Eligible institutions: All public universities in Mexico

Other requirements: Must have a certificate of Spanish proficiency (in cases where the project language is Spanish)

Themes: All themes

Website: Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP)

Mexico: Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño (UTR) – Aguascalientes 

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada  

Intern level:  

  • TBC

Duration: 12–24 weeks  

Award: $6,000  

Eligible institutions: 

  • Universidad Politécnica de Aguascalientes 
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Aguascalientes 
  • Universidad Tecnológica del Norte de Aguascalientes 
  • Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana de Aguascalientes 
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Calvillo 
  • Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño 
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: Advanced computing (Quantum and AI) 

Website: Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño (UTR) – Aguascalientes 

Singapore: National Research Foundation (NRF-Singapore) / AISG 

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time master’s, PhD or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks (but 24 weeks strongly preferred) 

Award: $12,000 

Eligible institutions: All universities in Singapore 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: Advanced computing (Quantum and AI) 

Website: AISG

South Africa: National Research Foundation

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada  

Intern level: Full-time PhD students and postdoctoral fellows  

Duration: 12–24 weeks  

Award: $6,000  

Eligible institutions:  

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology  
  • Central University of Technology, Free State  
  • Tshwane University of Technology  
  • University of Cape Town  
  • University of Fort Hare  
  • University of Johannesburg  
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal  
  • University of Limpopo  
  • University of Mpumalanga  
  • University of Pretoria  
  • University of South Africa  
  • University of the Free State  
  • University of the Western Cape  
  • University of the Witwatersrand  
  • University of Venda  
  • University of Zululand  
  • Vaal University of Technology  
  • Walter Sisulu University of Technology  
  • Stellenbosch University  
  • Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University  
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology  
  • Durban University of Technology  
  • Nelson Mandela University  
  • North-West University  
  • Rhodes University  

Other requirements (travel to Canada): Be a South African Citizen or permanent resident, be an NRF-funded doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow for the full duration of the Mitacs award 

Themes: All themes 

Website: National Research Foundation 

Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University, Global Research and Industry Alliance (NCKU GLORIA)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time master’s, PhD students or postdoctoral fellows 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: National Cheng Kung University 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: NCKU Gloria

Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)

Travel direction: Travel to Canada and travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time senior undergraduate, master’s and PhD students or postdoctoral fellows

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: MedTech and Mediterranean School of Business 

Other requirements: N/A 

Themes: All themes 

Website: Mediterranean Institute of Technology

United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Travel direction: Travel from Canada 

Intern level: Full-time PhD students 

Duration: 12–24 weeks 

Award: Travel from Canada: $6,000 

Eligible institutions: All universities in the UK

Other requirements: N/A

Themes: All themes 

Website: UKRI

The call for applications is now closed.

 


Awards are offered in partnership with Mitacs’s international partners and are subject to available funding. 
 
Application process:

1. Review general and partner-specific eligibility and award guidelines. 
 
2. Home or host supervisors are asked to fill out this webform to request an application package. If you are a student at an eligible institution, please contact your supervising professor to request an application package. Mitacs cannot connect interested interns with supervisors. 
 
3. Home and host supervisors discuss project details. It is the responsibility of the participants to connect with one another. 
 
4. Complete your application package: in addition to completing all the fields in the application form, applicants will be required to submit CVs, inter cover letter, and a research proposal. Each application can name up to 5 interns travelling in either direction. Additional information will be provided in the application package. 

5. The Office of Research Services (ORS) or designate signature will be required on all completed applications. Applicants should allow 1–3 weeks to obtain the appropriate signatures. 

6. The supervisor at the Canadian institution must submit the completed application package by email to the local Mitacs Business Development representative.


Although there are limitations on international travel at the present time, research projects selected through this call for applications will have up to a year to begin (February 2023). All potential applicants must check with their institutions about their policies on international travel prior to submitting an application.

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 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 

Home supervisor 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 

Host supervisor 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 

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 a 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 expected to be issued by the end of February 2022 and will provide the outcome of the review process and outline next steps. Travel can therefore start after March 15, 2022 at the earliest, once the Outcome and Award Letters are provided by Mitacs.​ 

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. 
  • The awards will be sponsored in part by one of Mitacs’s international partners. Where applicable, Mitacs’s Outcome Letters will provide applicants with instructions for accessing partner funds. 
  • Mitacs funds must be spent according to the proposal budget and Tri-Agency eligible expenses. See the Mitacs use of funds page for details of eligible expenses for Mitacs programs. 
  • Funding is based on a project duration of 12 weeks in most cases, though project 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) 

The following are some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact international@mitacs.ca

1. Considering there is a pandemic right now, what will happen if travel is not possible within the 12 months following the issuance of the Outcome Letter?

In the case where future travel restrictions make it impossible to start the internship, Mitacs will consider an extension over the regular 12-month period on a case-by-case basis.

2.  I don’t see my institution in the list of participating international partners. Is there another program to which I could apply?

This GRA thematic call is undertaken in collaboration with a select number of our international partners. Visit the standard GRA program page or contact a Business Development representative for more information about the GRA program or our other international programs.

3. I don’t have contacts at the institution where I want to develop a project; how do I get connected with them?

It is the responsibility of the participants to get in touch with each other.  

4. 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. 

5. If I have a project in one of the three themes but not related to the subcategories indicated, is the project eligible? 

Yes. The themes and subthemes were identified with the intention of being more inclusive of the social sciences and humanities and/or to encourage interdisciplinary approaches. In the research proposal, you will be asked to explain how your project is linked to the themes or subthemes.