Mitacs Globalink Research Internships – 2018 Call for Applications

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The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships are currently available at over 45 universities across Canada. For more information, please click on “Information for Students” to see the list of universities hosting Globalink interns in 2017.

Globalink Research Internship alumni interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies are eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.​

How to Apply:

The call for 2018 Globalink Research Internship faculty submissions is now open. Professors can submit projects until June 14, 2017, at 5 p.m. PDT.

Faculty: submit your projects through the faculty application form.

You can save projects prior to submission. The Globalink Research Internships Faculty Application Guide (TBD) provides additional information and instructions for submitting your 2018 projects.

The faculty deadline is June 14, 2017, at 5 p.m. PDT.

Globalink cycle and important dates:

April to June 2017: Professors submit research projects to Mitacs.  All accepted projects are made available to student applicants in an online database. Professor project proposals are due June 14, 2017, by 5 p.m. PDT, for Globalink Research Internships 2018.

  • July to September 2017: International students submit applications and select research projects from the online database.
  • October to December 2017: Mitacs provides professors with proposed student candidates for their project, including application details, statement of research interests, CV, transcripts, and references. Professors are then encouraged to contact or interview the suggested students and provide feedback to Mitacs.
  • January to April 2018: Professors and their accepted student(s) arrange pre-internship details (e.g., reading to be completed beforehand) while Mitacs oversees logistics and coordinates with university administrative offices.
  • May to September 2018: Globalink Research Interns arrive in Canada and work with supervising professors for 12 weeks on their research project.

Matching process and evaluation criteria
Professor project proposals are submitted to Mitacs, reviewed, and upon acceptance, entered into an online database.

  • Applications from students are submitted to Mitacs. Students must select a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 research projects from the online database.
  • The Mitacs Research team scores each application based on criteria including, but not limited to, CGPA, university, and research experience, and ranks students based on their score.
  • A list of possible matches is generated by combining the lists of projects submitted by all students.
  • Faculty and students are invited to contact one another to conduct interviews and review one another for a possible match.
  • Mitacs collects the feedback and each match is weighted based on both the student’s and professor’s score and ranking.
  • Please note that approved projects are student-driven. If a professor’s prospective project is not selected for consideration by a student during the application process, it will not be assigned a Globalink Research Intern.

Logistics and student funding
Mitacs, in coordination with our funding partners, oversee the following:

  • Flight and student visa reimbursement
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the internship
  • Coordination with host institutions’ administrative offices to ensure a smooth arrival and registration process
  • Selection of a Globalink Mentor to assist with tasks including picking up students from the airport, escorting them to their residences, introducing them to their supervising professors, organizing social events, and acting as an emergency contact, etc.
  • Professional skills workshops
  • Industry events, such as meetings with professors, government representatives, and business leaders

Roles and responsibilities of the supervisor
Host professors must ensure the following is in place for their Globalink Research Intern prior to the start of the internship (as required):

  • Research supervision
  • E-mail and internet access
  • Lab and/or office space
  • Software or hardware
  • Any safety or orientation information required for the project

Globalink Research Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week on their research project.  During the duration of the project, Globalink Research Interns may be invited to attend industry and/or government relations events, professional skills training workshops, or conferences.  Supervising professors will be notified of their intern’s potential absences as far in advance as possible, and every attempt will be made to schedule these events outside of working hours.

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with the Canadian host 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 host university’s processes following their institutional policies.

Student Information:

The call for Globalink Research Internship student applications opens in July 2017. Mitacs encourages you to start working on the following items before the call opens:

  • Confirmation that your passport issued by your home country is valid until at least January 2019
    • You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport if your application is approved
  • A reference letter from a professor
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcripts (either English or French). If your university or institution cannot provide transcripts in either language, you are responsible for getting them translated and notarized.
    • Transcripts must be included in your application
  • Your English proficiency exam, its results, and a copy of the exam certificate (if applicable)

In the application, you’ll also be asked about:

  • Your academic discipline, program, and other educational information
  • Your research interests, skills, and achievements
  • Your reasons for pursuing research in Canada

Questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact



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