The call for applications is now open.

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 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 will open on November 1, 2018 and will close on December 15, 2018. Applications must be submitted through the RISE-Germany portal on the program website. Projects should take approximately three months (and at least 10 weeks) and must begin between May 15 and July 9, 2019.

Benefits

  • 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-Globalink Research Internship applications through the RISE Germany application portal
  • Canadian applicants who meet Mitacs’ eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for Mitacs funding, which will be awarded to the 60 highest ranked candidates who are placed in the RISE program
  • Results announced in Spring 2019
  • 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 to read carefully the information about the application procedure and the internship program.

Successful students are asked to submit the following documents to Mitacs at least three weeks prior to their intended departure to commence their research project:

*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 paper work including the International Pre-Departure Form and Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form and the application has been approved.

Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a RISE-Globalink Research Internship, 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-Globalink Research Internship
  • 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-Globalink Research Internship, 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

Adjudication

Please note that the RISE-Globalink Research Internship 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-Globalink Research Internship and another Mitacs award. Students who hold another Mitacs award must complete it prior to receiving a RISE-Globalink Research Internship.

Deliverables

RISE-Globalink Research Internship recipients must provide a final report and an exit survey to Mitacs no later than one month after the conclusion of the project.

Internship funding

  • Each approved award 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.
  • In addition, all scholarship holders are invited to a paid three-day RISE Germany meeting in Heidelberg in early July. All participants of the RISE Germany meeting will receive an allowance of €160 from the DAAD to buy a Rail Pass.

Expense Guidelines

  • All scholarship holders need a German bank account to receive the travel stipend from DAAD. We recommend that students open an account as soon as they arrive in Germany. Students may also use their PhD supervisor’s bank account if they are not able to open their own.
  • The DAAD is not allowed to transfer the travel stipend into foreign bank accounts
  • 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.