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Mitacs has partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to support the mobility of students from Canadian universities to German universities and institutions. 

The RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI) is a competitive initiative that offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth science, and physics the opportunity to participate in a research project supervised by a doctoral student at a German university or institution.   

The call for applications will be opened from October 15, 2023 to December 6, 2023. Applications must be submitted through the RISE Germany portal on the program website. Projects should last approximately three months (and at least 10 weeks) and must begin between May 15 and July 15, 2024. 


  • Mitacs provides $6,000 to support the student’s travel costs and living expenses. 
  • The DAAD provides health, accident, and liability insurance. 
  • The DAAD provides logistical support to selected students (including assistance finding accommodation in cooperation with mentors at the host institution, information on visas and work permits, and research arrangements). 

Please click the “How to Apply” tab to learn more about the requirements to receive funding. 


  • Eligible Canadian applicants to the RISE Germany program will automatically be considered for Mitacs funding. 
  • Each approved award recipient will receive $6,000 from Mitacs. The award will support the student’s travel and accommodation costs, based on a 12-week research internship. Mitacs funding is provided in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD. 
  • The award also includes health insurance as well as accident and personal liability insurance, issued directly through the DAAD insurance office. 
  • No funds will be released if the completed International Pre-Departure Form and/or Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics forms are outstanding. 
  • Mitacs recognizes that awarded funding may not be sufficient to cover all costs associated with travel for research projects abroad. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other sources and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.


Student eligibility 

In order to be eligible for a RISE-GRI, a student must: 

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or international student. 
  • Students with German citizenship must be able to prove that they have been living outside of Germany for six or more years. 
  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Be registered for full-time undergraduate studies at a Canadian university in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field), and remain as such during the RISE-GRI. 
  • Have completed at least two years in a four- or five-year undergraduate degree. 
  • Students in Quebec enrolled in a three-year undergraduate degree must have completed at least one year of their university program. 
  • Demonstrate oral and written fluency in English (working language is English). 
  • Meet all necessary travel requirements for the intended destination. 

Please contact the RISE Germany team at if you have questions about eligibility. See Award Guidelines below.

Award Guidelines

Expectations of participants 

All parties involved with Mitacs Globalink must comply with the Canadian home university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities. Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the home Canadian university’s processes following their institutional policies. 

Expectations of the student  

Prior to and during the RISE-GRI, students are expected to: 

  • Make all necessary pre-departure preparations in consultation with the appropriate university office(s) 
  • Obtain appropriate visa or work permit for the destination 
  • Approved projects last a minimum of 10 weeks, with an ideal length of three months 
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home university 
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project 


Please note that the RISE-GRI is competitive, with limited placements available. All applications will undergo review by an interdisciplinary team. 

Maximum number of projects 

Students cannot simultaneously hold a RISE-GRI and another Mitacs award. Students who hold another Mitacs award must complete it prior to receiving a RISE-GRI. 


RISE-GRI recipients must provide a final report and an exit survey to Mitacs no later than one month after the conclusion of the project.

How to Apply

Undergraduate students from Canadian universities who meet all the eligibility criteria must submit a completed application via the RISE Germany online application portal. Applications are open from October 15 until December 6. 

Please visit the RISE Germany website for more information about the application procedure and the internship program. 

Application steps:    

  1. Eligible undergraduate students from Canadian universities submit a complete application via the RISE Germany online application portal.
  2. Applications are reviewed and successful candidates are selected by DAAD. 
  3. Successful students receive an Outcome Letter from Mitacs and instructions for next steps.
  4. Successful applicants must submit the following documents to Mitacs:  

a. Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form*
b. International Pre-Departure Form*
c. Any supplementary documents, as applicable. 

*These documents must be sent to Mitacs in the 30 days following the receipt of the Outcome Letter. 

  5.  The application is approved, and the final Award Letter is issued. Results are announced in Spring 2024. 

  6.  Successful students travel to Germany and complete their research project. 

Travel to the destination prior to the issuance of the Award Letter is not permitted and Mitacs and the DAAD are not responsible for any costs incurred before the application is fully approved. Travel may not be initiated, and funds will not be released until Mitacs has received all paperwork including the International Pre-Departure Form and Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form and the application has been approved.   

 For questions about the application procedure, the matching process and the internship placement, please 

For any other questions regarding the funding, please contact Mitacs International 

Mitacs Terms, Conditions & Policies


If you do not see your question here, we encourage you to read through the DAAD’s comprehensive FAQ page on their website for questions related to the RISE program in general.

No. Successful candidates will receive either Mitacs funding or DAAD funding. Mitacs funding is offered in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD. 

No. Please apply through the RISE Germany application portal before the deadline. If you meet our eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered to receive Mitacs funding.

Unlike for many of Mitacs’s other programs, a Canadian supervisor is not required to apply to the RISE program.

The Mitacs RISE-GRI program operates in partnership with the DAAD’s RISE Germany program. Mitacs RISE-GRI recipients participate in the DAAD’s RISE Germany program but receive funding from Mitacs in lieu of the monthly stipend and international travel subsidy from the DAAD. The Mitacs RISE-GRI program is open only to applicants who are enrolled in a full-time program at a Canadian university. 

Please visit the RISE Germany website.