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Mitacs has partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to support the mobility of students from Canadian universities to German universities and institutions.
The RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI) is a competitive initiative that offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth science, and physics the opportunity to participate in a research project supervised by a doctoral student at a German university or institution.
The call for applications was open from November 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020. Applications must be submitted through the RISE Germany portal on the program website. Projects should last approximately three months (and at least 10 weeks) and must begin between May 15 and July 12, 2021. At this time, the intention is that the RISE program will be carried out in person, but COVID-19 restrictions could result in a virtual placement. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mitacs provides $6,000 to support the student’s travel costs and living expenses
- The DAAD provides health, accident, and liability insurance
- The DAAD provides logistical support to selected students (including assistance finding accommodation in cooperation with mentors at the host institution, information on visas and work permits, and research arrangements)
How it works:
- Students review the list of available projects in their discipline on the RISE Germany internship database
- Students submit RISE-GRI applications through the RISE Germany application portal
- Canadian applicants who meet Mitacs’s eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for Mitacs funding, which will be awarded to the 100 highest-ranked candidates who are placed in the RISE program
- Results announced in Spring 2021
- Mitacs will award all successful Canadian applicants $6,000 in funding to support the student’s travel and accommodation costs, based on a 12-week internship. Mitacs funding is provided in lieu of the DAAD monthly stipend and international travel subsidy
- Approved projects last a minimum of 10 weeks, with an ideal length of three months
Undergraduate students from Canadian universities who meet all of the eligibility criteria must submit a completed application via the RISE Germany online application portal.
Please visit the RISE Germany website for more information about the application procedure and the internship program.
Successful students are asked to submit the following documents to Mitacs in the 30 days following the receipt of their Outcome Letter:
- Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form*
- International Pre-Departure Form*
- Any supplementary documents, as applicable
*The International Pre-Departure Form and the 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.
Travel to the destination prior to the approval of the award is not permitted and Mitacs and the DAAD are not responsible for any costs incurred before the application is approved. Travel may not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paperwork including the International Pre-Departure Form and Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form and the application has been approved.
In order to be eligible for a RISE-GRI, a student must:
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or international student
- Students with German citizenship must be able to prove that they have been living outside of Germany for six or more years
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be registered for full-time undergraduate studies at a Canadian university in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field), and remain as such during the RISE-GRI
- Have completed at least two years in a four- or five-year undergraduate degree
- Students in Quebec enrolled in a three-year undergraduate degree must have completed at least one year of their university program
- Demonstrate oral and written fluency in English (working language is English)
- Meet all necessary travel requirements for the intended destination
Please contact the RISE Germany team at rise-germany(at)daad.de if you have questions about eligibility.
Expectations of participants
All parties involved with Mitacs Globalink 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 RISE-GRI, students are expected to:
- Make all necessary pre-departure preparations in consultation 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
- Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project
Please note that the RISE-GRI is competitive, with limited placements available. All applications will undergo review by an interdisciplinary team.
Maximum number of projects
Students cannot simultaneously hold a RISE-GRI and another Mitacs award. Students who hold another Mitacs award must complete it prior to receiving a RISE-GRI.
RISE-GRI recipients must provide a final report and an exit survey to Mitacs no later than one month after the conclusion of the project.
- Eligible Canadian applicants to the RISE Germany program will automatically be considered for Mitacs funding
- Each approved award recipient will receive $6,000 from Mitacs. The award will support the student’s travel and accommodation costs, based on a 12-week research internship. Mitacs funding is provided in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD.
- The award also includes health insurance as well as accident and personal liability insurance, issued directly through the DAAD insurance office.
- No funds will be released if the completed International Pre-Departure Form and/or Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics forms are outstanding
- Mitacs recognizes that awarded funding may not be sufficient to cover all costs associated with travel for research projects abroad. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other sources and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.
If you do not see your question here, we encourage you to read through the DAAD’s comprehensive FAQ page on their website for questions related to the RISE program in general.
What is the RISE-GRI program, and how does it relate to the DAAD’s RISE Germany program?
The Mitacs RISE-GRI program operates in partnership with the DAAD’s RISE Germany program. Mitacs RISE-GRI recipients participate in the DAAD’s RISE Germany program but receive funding from Mitacs in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD. The Mitacs RISE-GRI program is open only to Canadian applicants.
Where can I learn about the DAAD’s RISE Germany program?
Please visit the RISE Germany website.
Do I need to have a Canadian supervisor for the RISE-GRI program?
Unlike for many of Mitacs’s other programs, a Canadian supervisor is not required to apply to the RISE program. However, a professor at your university may be involved in issuing funds to you. If your application is successful, we encourage you to reach out to the university office involved in issuing funds for more detail. Mitacs will provide more information to successful candidates on whom to contact.
Can I receive both Mitacs and DAAD funding?
No. Successful candidates will receive either Mitacs funding or DAAD funding. Mitacs funding is offered in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD.
Do I need to apply through the RISE Germany application portal and to Mitacs?
No. Please apply through the RISE Germany application portal before the deadline. If you meet our eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered to receive Mitacs funding.