Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Programme

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Are you:

  • An undergraduate student based at a UK university?
  • In your first year of a 3-year programme or second year of a 4-year programme?
  • Interested in taking part in a fully-funded and life-changing summer research internship in Canada 2020?

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Programme is a competitive programme which funds undergraduate students to complete a 12-week summer research internship, in a variety of academic disciplines, under the supervision of a professor at a participating Canadian university. This is a great opportunity for students to work on a research project of their choice, enhance their employability and take part in social, cultural and recreational activities. Last year 65 Canadian universities participated in the scheme.


To be eligible for the scheme, UK students will need to be at least 18 years of age, currently in their first year of a 3-year programme or second year of a 4-year programme, and demonstrate they are on target to achieve a high 2:1 classification (65%+).

Students are evaluated on a combination of factors including their academic records, application rationale skills appropriate to the projects, CV and reference letter.

Applicants must demonstrate oral and written fluency in English or French, depending on the primary language of the project, as indicated by the host professor.

Programme details

Internships take place over a 12-week period between May and October 2020.

The programme costs a total of £7,000 per student. Two-thirds of this will be covered by Mitacs, and the University of Salford will cover the remaining third. Funding for the programme covers research costs, return flight, visa, airport transport, housing, health insurance, living expenses, attendance at industry events and professional development workshops and access to a mentor/buddy scheme.

Please note that this scheme is open to all UK countries, and a minimum of ten and a maximum of twenty placements will be funded across all UK institutions. Ten of the twenty available places are reserved for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, who are therefore highly encouraged to apply.

The University of Salford is committed to fund a maximum of two placements, subject to students being accepted by Mitacs onto the programme.

There is no priority subject area for the scheme. The diversity of projects available, from which students are expected to select between three and seven preferences, will depend on what is currently being submitted by the Canadian academics. The expectation is that there will be a broad range of disciplines catered for.

How to apply

Students are required to raise their interest with the International Opportunities Team and will be shortlisted based on the above-mentioned requirements. They will then be provided with a letter of approval that they will use as part of the application to Mitacs. Further details and full support will be provided throughout the process.

For any queries and further information on how to apply, please contact

Application timeline

June  - August: Students raise their interest with the International Opportunities Team ( and are shortlisted;

July  - September: Mitacs opens the scheme to international students. Eligible students browse and select 3-7 research projects from the Mitacs database and submit applications to Mitacs;

September: Deadline for Mitacs applications;

October: Candidates are shortlisted by Mitacs;

November - December: ‘Mutual rank process’ takes place in Canada; professors reach out to students;

January: Students are officially offered a placement;

Summer: Placement commences.