Mitacs and Brazil’s CAPES announce new research initiative for graduate students

Vancouver, BC—Mitacs and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) signed an agreement this week to provide research internship opportunities for graduate students in Canada and Brazil through CAPES’s Program for Institutional Internationalization (CAPES-PrInt) and Mitacs’s international research program.

The initiative promotes Canada and Brazil as destinations for research opportunities, while also showcasing both of the countries’ work.

The five-year partnership allows up to 40 master’s and PhD students from Canada, and 160 PhD students from Brazil, to participate annually in 12- to 24-week research internships at academic institutions in each country.  The agreement is a continuation of a 2014 Mitacs-CAPES cooperation agreement, and builds upon a relationship first established in 2010.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Today’s partnership with CAPES deepens Mitacs’s longstanding relationship with Brazil, a country that has been a supporter of our international research internship program since 2010. This agreement represents a shared commitment between Canada and Brazil to continue to offer university students with high-quality research opportunities that will expand their networks globally.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization led by Canadian universities that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 19 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • The Government of Canada, along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan invest in Mitacs Globalink research.

Impact stories:

  • From Western University, Dustin Brown’s blog post researching water resource management in Brazil.
  • From Simon Fraser University, Christopher Maringka’s blog post about applying data analytics to Brazilian soccer clubs.