Mitacs–CNRS create new opportunities for researchers in Canada and France

First agreement between Mitacs and the French National Centre for Scientific Research will benefit 50 PhD students and postdocs

Vancouver, BC — Today, Mitacs and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) signed a five-year agreement that creates international mobility opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and France. 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 institution. Each year, five students and fellows associated with CNRS research labs will come to Canada and five researchers enrolled in Canadian universities will travel to France. 

By assisting in the recruitment of high-calibre qualified PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, the partnership aims to assist in the exchange of knowledge and strengthen research collaborations between both countries. 

The details about the application process for researchers interested in the Mitacs-CNRS 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


Dr. Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO, CNRS 

“The Canadian research community has represented one of our major international partners for decades. National research strategies in France and in Canada are aligned and share their approach to international cooperation by creating bridges between research, education by research and innovation. CNRS is thrilled to contribute through this new agreement to build a new generation of scientists.” 

Dr. John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs 

“Mitacs is delighted to sign our first agreement with CNRS, providing more research opportunities for PhD students and postdocs in Canada and France. Building international connections enhances research quality and supports stronger knowledge networks, and we believe this partnership will further strengthen our long-lasting relationship with the French innovation ecosystem.” 

About CNRS:

The French National Center for Scientific Research is one of the most recognized and renowned public research institutions in the world. For more than 80 years, it has continued to attract talent at the highest level and to nurture multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects at the national, European, and international levels. Geared towards the public interest, it contributes to the scientific, economic, social and cultural progress of France. The CNRS is above all 32,000 women and men, more than 1,000 laboratories in partnership with universities and other higher education institutions bringing together more than 120,000 employees and 200 professions that advance knowledge by exploring the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies.  

About Mitacs: 

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from the best academic institutions in the world. 
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, 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.