Mitacs Globalink Research Award Thematic Call - 2023




Globalink Research Award (GRA) Thematic Call

For More Information

For full program details, please visit the Mitacs Globalink Thematic Call web-page.


This is a competitive call for applications to the Mitacs Globalink Research Award program in all areas of strategic importance for the Canadian and international research communities.  

Under the joint supervision of a home and host professor at a university in Canada and an institution affiliated with one of Mitacs’s international partners, senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows included in successful applications will receive a $6,000 research award to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project in the other country. Eligibility criteria may vary between participating international partners.  

The themes include but are not limited to the list below. 

  1. Advanced computing (AI and Quantum technologies, Robotics, Cybersecurity)
  2. Clean technologies
  3. Health Innovations
  4. Open theme: Social and scientific innovation

Mitacs is collaborating with the following international partners in this thematic call for applications:

  • Argentina/Brazil/Chile/Colombia/Mexico/Ukraine: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) 
  • Australia: Universities Australia 
  • Brazil: Fundação Araucária Foundation
  • France: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
  • France: Embassy of France in Canada
  • France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)
  • France: Université de Lorraine
  • Germany: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Helmholtz Association)
  • Germany: Forschungszentrum Jülich (Helmholtz Association)
  • Germany/USA/Luxembourg/Italy/The Netherlands: Max Planck Society
  • Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Korea: National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • South Africa: National Research Foundation
  • Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)
  • United Kingdom: British High Commission Ottawa


In addition to these general eligibility requirements, please also refer to the International Partners Information tab for partner-specific eligibility requirements on the Mitacs Globalink Research Award Thematic call web-page.

Students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at an eligible Canadian institution or eligible institution outside Canada and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award.
  • Undergraduate applicants completing their first post-secondary degree must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure. All applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree must have maintained a B average in their two most recent semesters prior to application. This average can be cumulative over the two semesters. 
  • Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project and they have postdoctoral status at an eligible institution. 
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree. 
    • Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship. 
      • Permanent residents or citizens of Canada who are enrolled in an eligible country other than Canada and who wish to do a project in Canada are eligible to apply. 
      • Applicants who hold citizenship of Canada and another eligible country may apply to do a project in either country.
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older).
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation.
  • Cannot hold more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime.
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award. 

Supervising professors

  • Must hold a faculty position at an eligible institution. 
  • Must be eligible to supervise graduate students. 
  • Supervisors at Canadian institutions must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding.

Maximum Project Value

$6,000 per award

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

12 to 24 weeks

Special Notes

Mitacs Award Guidelines

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with Mitacs’s Research Ethics Policy and other research integrity policies at the home and host institutions. All parties involved with Mitacs programs should review the following policy statement and guidelines provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Government of Canada: 

Intern responsibilities: 

  • Make all necessary preparations for travel abroad with the appropriate institution office(s) 
  • Obtain appropriate visa, work permit or other immigration documentation required for the destination 
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home institution 
  • Work full-time on the research project (at least 75% abroad, and up to 25% at the home institution) 
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project 

Home supervisor responsibilities: 

  • Adhere to institutional policies for research abroad 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the participant prior to and during the research project 
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the participant.

Host supervisor responsibilities: 

  • Adhere to institutional policies for visiting researchers 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the intern prior to and during the research project 
  • Advise the intern on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation 
  • Provide the intern with any necessary documentation to support the visa application 
  • Ensure the intern has appropriate lab and/or office space and resources during the research project 
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the intern. 

Additional responsibilities of the Canadian institution and supervisor: 

In addition to the above, the Canadian supervisors and institutions – whether home or host – have additional responsibilities, specifically: 

  • Support interns with the necessary preparations for travel abroad (institutional travel policy, immigration application support)  
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant  


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

Internal Deadline

Supervisor submits signed OR-5 form and application, including signed memorandum to

External Deadline

Applicant/Supervisor submits full application package to Mitacs via Emily Gordon to

How to Apply

Application process:

  1. Review general and partner-specific eligibility and award guidelines. 
  2. Identify all the project applicants (intern, professors) as well as the international partner. Mitacs cannot connect interns with supervisors.
  3. Home or host supervisors are asked to fill out this webform to request the link to the GRA application portal. If you are a student at an eligible institution, please contact your supervising professor to request an application package. Mitacs cannot connect interested interns with supervisors. 
  4. Home and host supervisors discuss project details. It is the responsibility of the participants to connect with one another. 
  5. Complete your application package: Each application can name up to 5 interns travelling in either direction. Additional information will be provided through the GRA application portal. 
  6. The Office of Research Services (ORS) or designate signature will be required on all completed applications. Applicants should allow 1–3 weeks to obtain the appropriate signatures.
  7. The supervisor at the Canadian institution must submit the completed application package by email to the local Mitacs Advisor.

Research projects selected through this call for applications will have up to a year to begin (March 2024). All potential applicants must check with their institutions about their policies on international travel prior to submitting an application.

For Questions, please contact

General questions on the program, please contact

Questions regarding your application, please contact Emily Gordon at

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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