2020-2021 canadian scholarships, fully funded

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2020-2021 canadian scholarships, fully funded

Mitacs scholarships

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. 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 2020.

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

2020 student applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or combined undergraduate/Master’s programs
  • Have a minimum of one semester and a maximum of three semesters remaining in their program as of September 2020.
  • Meet the grade requirements for their country of study:
    • Australia: 75 percent (“distinction” or equivalent)
    • Brazil: 80%
    • China: 3.5/4
    • France: 12/20
    • Germany: 2.9/6
    • India: 8/10
    • Mexico: 80%
      • 8.5/10 for students from SEP-funded universities
    • Saudi Arabia: 80%
    • Tunisia: 12/20
    • Ukraine: 80%
  • Be available to complete a 12-week internship, arriving in Canada between May 1 and June 30, 2020, and returning to their country of study between July 31 and September 30, 2020.
  • Possess a valid passport from their home country that is valid until at least January 2022.

Student applicants must provide in their application:

  • An official transcript from the home university, in English. If you cannot obtain an English transcript, you must submit a translated and notarized copy before the application deadline
  • At least one letter of reference from a professor or research supervisor
  • A CV detailing research experience

When applying, students must select between three and seven projects from at least three Canadian provinces.

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, 2020, by 5 p.m. PDT, for Globalink Research Internships 2021.
  • July to September 2020: International students submit applications and select research projects from the online database.
  • October to December 2020: 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 2021: 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 2021: 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.

The call for Globalink Research Internship student applications opens in July 2020. 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 2022
    • You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport if your application is approved
  • A reference letter from a professor
    • All reference letters must follow the instructions provided
  • Your CV
    • You can submit your own 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
    Are you an excellent student interested in developing your research expertise with top professors?


Are you an undergraduate student from Australia, Brazil, France, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, or Ukraine interested in exploring your field of study in Canada?

Do you want funding for pursuing graduate school in Canada?

Would you like your résumé to include research, professional skills, and international experience?

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships can offer you an international experience like no other.

Canada features excellent universities, outstanding research facilities, cutting-edge industry innovation, and unparalleled undergraduate training opportunities.

Each year between May and September, Globalink Research Internships bring a select group of international undergraduate students to do research at Canada's top universities.

During their internships, students participate in research projects under the supervision of outstanding faculty members, work with graduate students & research associates, and experience the many one-of-a-kind educational, social, and recreational opportunities Canada has to offer.


Who is Eligible?

Globalink Research Internships are open to students at accredited universities in the following partner countries:

Australia | Brazil | China | France | Germany | India | Mexico | Saudi Arabia | Tunisia | Ukraine

Eligibility requirements in 2020

Applicants for the 2020cohort must:

  • Be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or combined undergraduate/Master’s programs
  • Have a minimum of one semester and a maximum of three semesters remaining in their program.
  • Meet the grade requirements for their country of study:
    • Brazil: 80%
    • China: 3.5/4
    • France: 12/20
    • Germany: 2.9/6
    • India: 8/10
    • Mexico: 80%
      • 8.5/10 for students from SEP-funded universities
    • Saudi Arabia: 80%
    • Tunisia: 8/10
    • Ukraine: 80%
  • Be available to complete a 12-week internship, arriving in Canada between May 1 and June 30, 2020, and returning to their country of study between July 31 and September 30, 2020

What a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship offers you:

  • A 12-week internship that increases your knowledge of and explores hands-on research in your field of study
  • Access to Canada’s unique research landscape: applied, dynamic and innovative
  • A rewarding experience combining academic research at a Canadian university campus, professional skills development workshops and social activities
  • A chance for you to explore your independence and gain international experience in a new country
  • The opportunity for you to connect with potential graduate supervisors should you be interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies with a Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship



Return to Canada to complete your graduate studies

As a former Globalink research intern, you may return to a Canadian university to complete your master’s or PhD with a Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship. Many of Mitacs’ partner universities are prepared to support Globalink alumni with fellowships, even if your internship was at another university.

Equipped with Canadian research experience, recommendations from a Canadian faculty member, and the prestige of being selected to the Globalink program, you have a significant advantage when applying to a Canadian university.

​Globalink Alumni

Each year, we look for alumni to act as ambassadors for the students considering coming in the following year. Your knowledge and experience is a great source of knowledge for students who have never come to Canada before.  If you are willing to join us, please let us know at helpdesk@mitacs.ca.

Stay in touch!

Now that you are finishing university, you will travel many interesting paths.  We are always happy to hear about where our alumni have gone, and what your future holds at home or abroad. You are now part of the growing Mitacs Alumni community.

In the coming years, Mitacs will be looking for new ways to engage with you and other alumni through networking opportunities, events, and programs. As a member of our diverse and unique global innovation network, we invite you to take advantage of any important Alumni news and opportunities. 

2020 host universities

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