Exceptional U.S. students win prestigious Fulbright Canada–Mitacs research award

Year one of the Fulbright Canada–Mitacs Globalink Program will support 60+ U.S. students

Vancouver, BC — The global pandemic may have delayed international travel, but it has not stopped the flow of talent and ideas across the Canada-U.S. border. This summer, 68 talented American students are undertaking virtual research projects with Canadian professors under the new Fulbright Canada–Mitacs Globalink Program. The virtual exchange allows some of the brightest U.S. students in a wide range of disciplines to pursue a research project with top-tier academics at Canadian universities.

“We are very proud of this initiative, especially as it has emerged at a challenging time for both student researchers and scholars,” said Dr. Michael K. Hawes, President and CEO of Fulbright Canada. “Canada has some of the best research-intensive academic institutions in the world who are keen to welcome talented students from the United States and beyond. We are thrilled to work with Mitacs to provide that opportunity. We all have an obligation to ensure that innovation and opportunity continue to drive productivity, especially during difficult times.”

“Mitacs is proud to partner with Fulbright Canada. Mitacs Globalink not only helps to advance innovation across all industry sectors through global research collaborations, but it also boosts our economy and helps attract some of the world’s best students to our universities for advanced degrees,” said Mitacs CEO and Scientific Director Dr. John Hepburn.

The program is a partnership between two storied organizations. Fulbright, now operating in Canada for more than 30 years, is one of the world’s most prestigious academic exchange programs. Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.

The plan is to offer this program, and others, in-person in the coming academic year.

About Fulbright Canada

For more than 30 years, Fulbright Canada has been pushing the boundaries of human knowledge by supporting the very best and brightest students and scholars and engaging them in programs of academic exchange. Fulbright Canada alumni include Supreme Court Justice Mahmud Jamal, former Doctors Without Borders President James Orbinski, award-winning philosopher Charles Taylor, legal scholar and Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand, and countless others. Globally the Fulbright Program has 400,000+ alumni from more than 160 countries. Thirty-nine have served as heads of state or government, and 60 have received the Nobel Prize. In 2021 Fulbright Canada launched Honouring Nations Canada, a program that recognizes and celebrates Indigenous achievements, supports research on Indigenous issues, and invests in Indigenous youth.

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.