Mitacs Accelerate - Graduate Internships




Accelerate - Graduate Student Internships

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Accelerate Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Students work closely with a partner organization and faculty supervisor, using the latest tools and techniques available to them in both academic and industrial settings.  Projects are a cost-shared model with Mitacs, through the support of federal and provincial government, matching the industry partners or non-for-profit (NFP) organizations dollar for dollar.


  • Full-time grad students at all Canadian universities
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students
  • All academic disciplines
  • Businesses and not-for-profit organizations

Funding Availability

Interns are provided with a stipend/salary starting at $10,000 per four-month period. Typically, internships are approved for a total of $15,000, including a minimum $10,000 stipend and maximum $5,000 in research costs with $7,500 coming from the industry partner matched with $7,500 from Mitacs.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Master’s students can complete up to two four-month internships and PhD students can complete up to six. The internships start at four months. 

Note: There is a six- to eight-week peer review prior to approval for internship start.

Special Notes

The expectations for the internships are as follows:

  • Spend 50% of the internship with the university and 50% with the partner organization
  • Submit a final report and exit survey summarizing project results and experiences
  • Follow the Accelerate Code of Conduct


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

Internal Deadline

There is a rolling intake of applications. Applicants must submit signed OR-5 form (supervisor) along with full application including signed memorandum to:

The complete package must be received one week prior to the anticipated submission date to the sponsor (external deadline).

External Deadline

Applicant submits full application including signed memorandum directly to Mitacs representative. The submission must be planned at least six to eight weeks in advance of the proposed internship start date.

How to Apply

1. Review the following information when you begin writing your proposal:

2. Get feedback on the proposal from all participants and your Mitacs business development representative

3. Collect all required signatures: intern(s), professor(s), partner contact, and university Office of Research Services or equivalent

4. Email your proposal package to your Mitacs representative

For Questions, please contact

Rebecca Bourque
905 921-7577

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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