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Globalink Research Internship

The call for student applications for the summer of 2022 is now open!


The application deadline is Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). Apply here!

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from the following countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. From May to October 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 70 universities across Canada. For more information, please see our list of academic partners.

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

Overview of GRI cycle and important dates

April to June 2021Faculty application: Faculty submit research projects to Mitacs. Project proposals are due June 9, 2021 by 1 p.m. PT for 2022 Globalink Research Internships. 
July to August 2021 Faculty application vetting: Projects are reviewed by Mitacs and decisions communicated to professors. All successful projects are made available to student applicants in an online database. 
August to September 2021 Student application: International students submit applications and select research projects from the online database. Mitacs conducts an eligibility review of student applications in October. 
November 2021 to January 2022 Matching: Mitacs provides professors with a shortlist of student candidates for their project. Professors are then asked to review student applications, conduct interviews and then rank the applicants in order of suitability. Mitacs collects student and professor rankings, then finalizes offers to students. Final results are announced in February. 
February to April 2022Pre-internship preparation: Successful students start working with their Canadian host professors to arrange pre-internship details (e.g., reading to be completed beforehand) while Mitacs oversees logistics and coordinates with university administrative offices. 
May to October 2022Internship: Globalink research interns arrive in Canada and work with supervising professors for 12 weeks on their research project. 

The call for student applications for the summer of 2022 is now open.


The application deadline is Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). Apply here!

Matching process and evaluation criteria

  • Project proposals are submitted to Mitacs, reviewed, and upon acceptance, entered into an online database.
  • At the time of application, students must select a minimum of three and a maximum of seven research projects from the online database.
  • The Mitacs Research team scores each student application based on criteria including, but not limited to, CGPA, research experience, reference letter, funding constraints, etc. and ranks students based on their score.
  • A shortlist of students is generated for each project based on their selection and their score.
  • Faculty are invited to review shortlisted student applications and to contact students to conduct interviews. Faculty and students review and rank one another for a possible match.
  • Mitacs collects the feedback from faculty and students and determines suitable matches based on the student’s and professor’s rankings and other factors, including the student’s score.


Logistics and student funding

Mitacs, in partnership with our partners, oversees and provides funding to successful students for the following:

  • Flight and student visa reimbursement
  • Accommodation and daily stipend
  • 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, organizing social events, and acting as an emergency contact
  • Professional skills courses
  • Opportunities such as conferences, workshops, industry expos and tours, as well as other networking events 


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 internship, Globalink Research interns may be invited to attend industry and/or government relations events, professional skills training courses, or conferences. Every attempt will be made to schedule these events outside of working hours, and interns should obtain their supervisor’s approval should they have to miss work to participate. 

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. 



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