U of T students fostering international research through Mitacs

Toronto, ON Mitacs has signed a new partnership to provide funding for international research internships for students at the University of Toronto.

Up to 200 students and postdoctoral fellows from the University can participate in research exchanges through a three-year agreement with Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada. The projects will be jointly supervised by faculty at the University of Toronto and a partner university in a foreign country. Eligible countries include the US, UK, and EU member countries, among others.

In addition, up to 80 students and postdoctoral fellows from foreign universities will come to Canada to conduct research at the University of Toronto.

International research internships allow students and researchers opportunities to refine their skills in new environments, gain cultural fluency, and expand their professional networks to succeed in the global economy.

The agreement is signed by Ridha Ben Mrad, Chief Research Officer and Associate Academic Director, Mitacs; and Christopher Yip, Associate Vice President, International Partnerships, University of Toronto.


Ridha Ben Mrad, Chief Research Officer and Associate Academic Director, Mitacs
“To succeed in the global economy, innovators need opportunities to develop their skills in international environments. This partnership signifies the commitment that Mitacs and the University of Toronto share in equipping Canada’s youth for the economies of tomorrow.”

Christopher Yip, Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships, University of Toronto
“This is an exciting opportunity for the University of Toronto. Increasing the global mobility of our students is a key element of the University’s International Strategic Plan. This partnership with Mitacs is perfectly aligned with this goal, by enabling our students to pursue research opportunities abroad. I am particularly enthusiastic about this partnership as it also supports research visits by students from abroad, which will help build and strengthen international collaborations for our faculty and programs. I look forward to working with Mitacs on this and indeed other innovative partnership opportunities and vehicles.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 19 years.
  • Working with more than 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Funded by the Government of Canada and Canadian universities, the Mitacs Globalink program offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for undergraduate and graduate students.



  • For information about Mitacs and our programs, see mitacs.ca/newsroom.
  • For a full list of countries supporting travel and research opportunities from Canada through Mitacs Globalink visit www.mitacs.ca/globalink.