UCalgary Mitacs Globalink Research Award - Outgoing

The University of Calgary has partnered with Mitacs to provide funding through the Globalink program for senior undergraduate, graduate (Masters or PhD) and postdoctoral fellows from the University of Calgary to take part in international research opportunities. The award is worth $6,000 CAD per student. Access to this program is currently limited to the eligible countries and regions listed on the Mitacs site*countries subject to change 

Placements must be between 12-24 weeks in duration.

See: Globalink Research Award - Program Guide


Application deadlines

Students should submit their application at least 16 weeks before their anticipated start date. Earlier application is strongly encouraged. You can apply up to a year in advance of your planned departure.

Application process

See: Mitacs page for Canadian students going abroad


  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at the University of Calgary and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award;
    • 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
    • Undergraduate students must be returning to the University of Calgary for at least one semester of an undergraduate or graduate program following their research placement
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree and/or been employed;
  • Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada);
  • 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 have previously recieved a Globalink Research Award; and
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award.
  • For undergraduate students only: Must have completed their 2nd year of studies (20 courses / 60 units) prior to departure. 
  • Access to the program is currently limited to these eligible countries *eligible countries are subject to change

  • Note: 25% of your 12-24 week long research project may be completed at UCalgary. A minimum of 75% must be completed at the host institution (for example, for a 12-week project, students can spend a maximum of 3 weeks at UCalgary and must spend a minimum of 9 weeks at the host institution).

Home Supervising Professors:

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

Host 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 the University of Calgary as well as one at your host university. 
  • Ensure your host supervisor is in one of the Mitacs GRA eligible destinations. See the Globalink Research Award "About" page for a complete list of eligible destinations. If you wish to inquire about approval for a destination not on the list, please contact the Central Coordinator at UCalgary International.

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: New Application Forms & Guidelines uploaded January 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 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.

* if any of the above links are broken please contact  

The application package must be submitted as a complete package to

  •  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

If successful, Mitacs will send a “Review Result” email to indicate that the project will be funded. Note, this is not a Notice of Award. Prior to receiving an official Notice of Award, Mitacs will ask you to formally accept the award, which includes submitting the Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics form, along with an International Pre-Departure Form.

  • The International Pre-Departure Form must be signed by Teri Jones, Manager, Education Abroad.  Please contact them for a list of pre-departure requirements that must be completed before this form can be signed.
  1. Complete the pre-departure requirements. Please see above section for details.
  2. Complete any required registration at UCalgary
  3. Obtain any required visas and permits
  4. Obtain appropriate health insurance
  5. Ensure that your banking information in the MyUofC Portal is up to day in order to receive the funding by direct deposit
  6. Arrange for housing


  • Mitacs will issue 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.
  • Funds will be issued by direct deposit to your bank account. Please ensure that your banking information is up to day by going to your MyUofC portal and clicking on "submit banking information" in the Finances section.
  • If all of the above steps are complete, you can expect to receive your award approximately one month prior to your departure.
  • 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.