MHRC-Mitacs Mental Health Impact Internships – Winter 2023 projects


Mitacs and Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC).


Mental Health Impact Internships.

For More Information

For full program details and how to apply, please visit the MHRC-Mitacs program web-page.


MHRC is partnering with Mitacs on this funding opportunity for Canadian university & college students across the country to work on a mental health research project with their academic supervisor and community partner.

The successful applicant will be awarded $15,000 for a four- or six-month term. Funds will be paid directly to the student’s academic institution and held by the student’s supervisor.  

This jointly funded internship is part of MHRC’s 2022-2023 Studentship cycle, where students share their time between academic institutions and community service providers, tying together their research with the needs of the end-users — the community and people with lived experience. MHRC aims to drive systemic change by encouraging the adoption of effective, research-informed, and client-centric approaches to mental health treatment.


Eligible students must:

  • A Canadian citizen and/or permanent resident;
  • Be enrolled in a Masters, College or PhD program at an accredited Canadian University or College with a background in psychology or related field;
  • Be seeking to conduct a mental health research project in collaboration with both an academic supervisor and an eligible community partner. Preference will be given to projects addressing the unique needs of diverse and/or vulnerable populations in Canada.

All projects must have clear potential for impact to studied population, and therefore must partner with a community service provider and integrate the insights of people with lived experience into each stage of their project.

Maximum Project Value


Indirect Costs


Project Duration

4- to 6-month term. The project would begin in January 2023 and end by April or early June 2023. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Applicant to submit research proposal and resume to Sarah Murphy, and cc: Jillian Hatnean,

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit signed OR-5, full proposal/budget and signed Mitacs Memorandum to the Office of Research ( 

External Deadline

Applicant submits full application, including signed memorandum, directly to Mitacs representative. 

How to Apply

Applications to the Mitacs-MHRC partnership is a 2-stage process: Preliminary application to MHRC, then formal Mitacs Accelerate application.

Stage 1:

  • Candidates must be identified at this stage and are the lead applicant for Stage 1. They will have identified their academic supervisor, and their partner organization (please contact Jillian Murray, Mitacs Account Manager, to ensure eligibility).
  • Please send a research proposal using MHRC’s proposal template addressing the questions below, along with your resume to Sarah Murphy,, and cc: Jillian Murray, by end of day Monday, August 29th, 2022.

Stage 2:

  • Successful eligible applicants from Stages 1 will be invited to submit a Mitacs Accelerate application no later than October 24, 2022. Successful projects must start by January 31st , 2023. 
  • For questions pertaining to this partnership or application process, please contact: Sarah Murphy,, and Jillian Murray,
For Questions, please contact

For Mitacs specific inquires, please contact:
Jillian Hatnean,

For MHRC specific inquiries, please contact:
Sarah Murphy,

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
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