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Date published: June 06, 2019

Overseas internship and research opportunities are open for application

Our International Opportunities Team regularly come across placement, internship and research opportunities abroad. For any queries regarding what opportunities are available for UoS students, keep an eye on the student channel or contact Alessandra Poti on

Two opportunities available at the moment:

  1. Take part in a fully funded research programme in Canada during summer 2020
  2. Undertake a partly-funded internship in China

Take part in a fully-funded research programme in Canada during Summer 2020

This opportunity is available to undergraduate students in a variety of academic disciplines.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Programme is a competitive programme that funds undergraduate students to complete a 12-week summer research internship in a variety of academic disciplines under the supervision of a professor at participating Canadian university. This is a great opportunity for you to work on a research project of your choice, enhance your 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, you need to be at least 18 years of age, currently in your first year of a 3-year programme or second year of a 4-year programme, and demonstrate you are on target to achieve a high 2:1 classification (65%+).
  • You are evaluated on a combination of factors including your 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 10 and a maximum of 20 placements will be funded across all UK institutions. 10 of the 20 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 2 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 3-7 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

You are required to raise your interest with the International Opportunities Team and applicants will be shortlisted based on the above-mentioned requirements. Successful shortlisted applicants 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.


  • June 2019-August 2019: Students raise their interest with the International Opportunities Team ( and are shortlisted
  • July 2019-September 2019: Mitacs opens scheme to international students. Eligible students browse and select 3-7 research projects from the Mitacs database and submit applications to Mitacs
  • 18 September 2019: Deadline for Mitacs applications
  • October 2019: Candidates are shortlisted by Mitacs
  • November 2019-December 2019: ‘Mutual rank process’ takes place in Canada, professors reach out to students
  • January 2020: Students are officially offered placement
  • Summer 2020: Placement commences

Undertake a partly funded internship in China

This opportunity is for current undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK and those who have recently left university.


See the full eligibility criteria.

You must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be currently enrolled full-time at a UK university, or have graduated from one within the past year
  • have completed at least one academic year at university
  • be a UK or EU passport holder
  • have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a 2:1 degree 
  • meet the student finance eligibility criteria
  • not be in receipt of any other Generation UK funding.

You cannot apply if you have previously been on a Generation UK internship, or taken part in a Generation UK scholarship programme. 


Generation UK funding will cover:

  • all placement fees
  • your accommodation
  • comprehensive travel insurance
  • pick-up from the airport
  • dedicated support throughout your placement.

You will also have access to:

  • weekly Chinese language classes
  • a programme of business and cultural activities.

You’ll need to pay for your own flights to China, your visa and any other expenses related to your travel. The University of Salford’s International Opportunities Team is willing to contribute financially towards the cost for your visa.

You’ll also pay for your own food and other day-to-day expenses. Costs vary depending on your standard of living, and you should also factor in whether you wish to travel and explore China in your free time. Around £50 per week should be sufficient for your daily expenses

Do I need to speak Mandarin?

No, you don’t need any prior Chinese language skills and your language skills do not form part of your application.  However, we advise you to learn some basic phrases before you go.  During your internship, all your assignments will be in English and an English-speaking supervisor will support and manage you on your placement. You’ll improve your Mandarin throughout the placement through weekly lessons.

When do internships start?

The internships are flexible, with start dates throughout the year. Choose the date that best suits you. Most students choose to do their internship during their summer vacation, but many graduates prefer to start later. Please note that many of our early summer placements are now full. The majority of the remaining start dates are from August onwards. You'll need to have completed the internship by the end of 2019.

The placements offered are always for a two-month duration. You must be available for the entire duration of the placement. It is not possible to extend internships beyond the agreed programmes. We do not provide funding retrospectively for placements obtained independently through either CRCC Asia or InternChina, or in other companies.

How to apply

Please visit the British Council’s webpage to find out how you can apply. For any queries, advice and further information on how to apply, please contact

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