Canada-Israel partnership strengthens research connections

For the first time, Mitacs and the Council for Higher Education of Israel collaborate to create research opportunities for PhD students and postdocs

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs and the Council for Higher Education of Israel (CHE) signed an agreement that creates international mobility opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and Israel. This is the first partnership between the organizations.

Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000 through the Globalink Research Award program to advance projects for 12 to 24 weeks under the supervision of a faculty member in the host university. Mitacs and CHE’s two-year agreement will support a total of 28 researchers each year — 14 Canadian students and fellows going to Israel and 14 coming to Canada from Israel.

By assisting in the recruitment of high-caliber qualified PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, the initiative aims to strengthen research collaborations between both countries.

The details about the application process for researchers interested in the Mitacs-CHE collaboration will be released in the near future. More information about the Globalink Research Award can be found on the program’s page. If you have immediate questions, please reach out to Étienne Pineault, Director, International Business Development, at


Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee, CHE

“The Council of Higher Education of Israel is proud to launch a new initiative together with Mitacs. This new program will further research collaborations between Israeli and Canadian PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and ultimately lead to stronger academic ties between the two countries. As internationalization is one of the main objectives of the Israeli higher education system, we are glad to have reached an agreement that will enhance global dimensions in academia.”

Dr. John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Mitacs is proud to facilitate research collaborations for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada and Israel through this first-of-its-kind partnership with the Council of Higher Education of Israel. We are committed to building international connections because they enhance research quality and support stronger knowledge networks.”

About CHE

  • The Council for Higher Education of Israel (CHE) is a statutory body that functions as the official authority for higher education in Israel and determines Israeli academic policy.
  • The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the CHE is responsible for funding the Israeli higher education system. The PBC defines the regular budget allocated for the academic institutions while considering social and national needs and priorities. It strives to promote research and education in Israel and maintain all institutions’ academic and administrative freedom.

About Mitacs

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.