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UCalgary Mitacs Globalink Research Award - Incoming

The University of Calgary has partnered with Mitacs to provide funding through the Globalink program for international senior undergraduate, graduate (Masters or PhD) and postdoctoral fellows from Mitacs partner and eligible countries to be placed at the University of Calgary to take part in international research opportunities. The award is worth $6,000 CAD per student and is generously co-funded by Mitacs and UCalgary Teaching and Learning. This program is currently limited to students from: Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan USA, UK, Tunisia and the Wallonie-Bruxelles region of Belgium.  *countries subject to change 

Placements must be between 12-24 weeks in duration.

See: Globalink Research Award - Program Guide

Application process

See: Mitacs page for students coming to Canada 


1)  Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at an eligible university or institution and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award;
       o Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than 5 years prior to the proposed start date of the research project

2)  Access to the program is currently limited to students from the following countries: This program is currently limited to students from: Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan USA, UK, Tunisia and the Wallonie-Bruxelles region of Belgium*eligible countries are subject to change  Note: If your country is not listed, please contact international@mitacs.ca for more information.

3)  Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree and/or been employed;

4)  Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older);

5)  Must meet travel requirements for their intended Canadian destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation; and

6)  Cannot have previously received a Globalink Research Award.

  • Note: 25% of your 12-24 week long research project may be completed at your home institution.

Host Supervising Professors:

  • Must hold a faculty position at UCalgary; and
  • Must be eligible to hold Tri-Council funding and to supervise graduate students.

Home Supervising Professors:

  •  Must be recognized faculty members at their institutions; and
  •  Must be eligible to supervise graduate students.
  • You will need to secure an academic supervisor at your home institution as well as one at the University of Calgary.
  • Once you have confirmation of a research project from both your home and host university supervisors, please complete the application process in step 3.
  • Please Note: The start date of your research period at the University of Calgary must normally be at the beginning of one of our academic terms. You may come for longer than one term, but the start date should be at the beginning of any one of the following terms:
    • Fall Semester: start in late August
    • Winter Semester: start in early January
    • Spring Semester: start in early May
    • Summer Semester: start in early July 

Please note: New Application Forms & Guidelines uploaded Jan 11, 2023

A complete application consists of:

  • GRA Application
    • This application form should not be scanned and must be submitted in its original, fillable format
    • The budget and signature sections will appear once applicant names are entered (first and last names). If name(s) are not provided, participants will not be able to sign sections 3, 5 & 6
    • Please ensure that the full $6,000 budget is allocated to the Stipend line
    • Sections 5 & 6 may be submitted as a separate, scanned PDF if digital signatures cannot be obtained
    • The University of Calgary institutional signatures will be added once your complete application package has been submitted to MitacsGRA@ucalgary.ca and your application will then be submitted to Mitacs on your behalf
  • GRA Research Proposal
    • Please submit this in its original Word format
    • Keep in mind that your proposal will be evaluated according to the quality of the research proposal, quality of the intern supervision and training opportunity and benefits to industry, society and Canada. Please see the application guide for additional details.

The Participant Code of Conduct and the Pre-Departure Form can be submitted after the application.

The application package must be submitted as a complete package to: MitacsGRA@ucalgary.ca

  •  Please keep email to less than 10MB
  •  Please submit your complete application a minimum of 12 weeks prior to your anticipated project start date

The University of Calgary will submit your application to Mitacs for review. Mitacs will typically contact participants approximately 10-12 weeks after receiving your application. Proposals will be adjudicated based on the following criteria:

  •  Expected benefit to the intern’s academic studies and research career
  •  Benefit to Canada
  •  Quality of the research proposal
  •  Level of supervision and mentorship committed by the host supervisor
  •  Strength of recommendation by the home supervisor

Upon notification of acceptance, Mitacs will ask you to submit a Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics form, along with an International Pre-Departure Form.

1)  Complete and submit a Visiting Student Researcher application: Undergraduate or Graduate

    • Note that incoming Mitacs students should apply as Visiting Student Researchers even if our institutions have an exchange agreement.
    • For more information, please see www.ucalgary.ca/iss/immigration/vsr
    • Note that as a Visiting Student Researcher, you will be charged a small fee that includes a Transit Pass and access to Campus Recreation facilities.

2)  Obtain any required visas and permits. Questions about visas and permits? Contact our International Student Services team at international.advice@ucalgary.ca 

3)  Obtain appropriate health insurance

4)  Arrange for housing. Please see the International Student Services website for details.

5)  Upon arrival, you will need to do the following in order to receive your funding:

    • Obtain a Social Insurance Number
    • Open a Canadian bank account
    • Update your banking information in your online University of Calgary student centre (MyUofC)


  • Mitacs issues the award letter after the participant has provided their International Pre-Departure and Code of Conduct forms, respectively, and confirmed their project dates. Students cannot travel until Mitacs has issued both an outcome and award letter. Projects must begin within one year of the outcome letter being issued.
  • Mitacs funds will be sent to the University of Calgary and administered by the appropriate office responsible for managing undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows’ funds at the university.
  • Your funding will be issued as a direct deposit to your Canadian bank account. This means that you will not receive your funds until you have arrived in Canada and opened your bank account, which can take approximately 1 month. Please be prepared with sufficient funds to cover your first month in Calgary.
  • Funding is based on a project duration of 12 weeks, though projects durations of up to 24 weeks are acceptable. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other funding sources for longer durations and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.

Following completion of your research placement, please submit the following to the UCalgary coordinator to be forwarded to Mitacs. This must be completed within one month of the conclusion of your project.

1)  A final report that summarizes the project.
           o The participant is responsible for drafting the final report and securing approval and signatures from the participating supervisors.
2)  Exit survey from the participant.
3)  Exit survey from the home academic supervisor.
4)  Exit survey from the host academic supervisor.

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.