Globalink Research Internships, Canada


Globalink Research Internship is a competitive Canadian internship programme that gives UK undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research abroad as part of their degree

Please note: the call for student applications for the summer of 2021 is now closed.

The fully funded scheme offers successful candidates from participating countries a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry out a 12-week summer internship at a Canadian university. Internships take place in summer 2021 and interns will work on a research project of their choice, under the supervision of a Canadian professor.

The scheme is collectively funded by Mitacs and the UK for a total of 40 places. All students submitting an application to the scheme must be nominated by their university. Please see eligibility requirements below for more information.


Benefits to participants

Those who apply for the Globalink Research Internship will have the chance to:

  • participate in an internationally reputable, competitive, and fully funded mobility opportunity in Canada in the summer of 2021;
  • develop research expertise with top professors at cutting-edge Canadian institutions with outstanding research facilities;
  • enhance vital skills for the workplace, including research skills, critical and creative thinking, cultural awareness, and developing a global outlook, 
  • take part in professional training covering areas such as teamwork, project management, problem solving, communication, and entrepreneurship;
  • interact with companies of interest through tours or individual meetings;
  • experience one-of-a-kind educational, social, and recreational opportunities, as well as become part of an international alumni community;
  • become eligible for the Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship.


Eligibility requirements

Students who wish to apply for the Globalink Research Internship must express their interest in applying for the scheme through the Study Abroad, International, or Careers office at their home university if their home university is participating in the scheme. Those who express their interest in applying for the scheme will be nominated by their university if they meet the eligibility requirements set out below.

Students must also be nominated by their university in order to apply as well as:

  • be undergraduates enrolled full-time in an accredited university in the UK with a year remaining in their programme when they return to the UK;
    • Internships take place in the penultimate summer before graduating, e.g. students will currently be completing their first year of a 3-year degree or their second year of a four-year degree and so forth;

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • have a minimum weighted average of 65%, equivalent to a high 2:1 to apply to the programme;
  • be available to spend 12 weeks in the period between May and October at a university in Canada on a research project related to their area of interest and expertise;
  • demonstrate oral and written fluency in English or French, depending on the primary language of the project, as indicated by the host professor.


How to apply

The call for student applications for the summer of 2021 is now closed. The call for student applications for the summer of 2022 will open in summer 2021. Please check this page at a later date for further information.

Please note: Students who have not expressed an interest in participating in this scheme to their home institution, and have applied at their own discretion will not be considered for the scheme by Mitacs.

Once students have expressed an interest in the scheme, it is advisable for them to start preparing an application ahead of the call opening. Information on how to start preparing a Globalink Research Internship application is available on the Mitacs website

After applications have opened, applicants will be invited to select at least three and no more than seven research projects from the of selection of projects profiled. Please note that applicants will not be able to submit a proposal for their own research project and must select a pre-existing project designed by a Canadian professor at one of the host institutions and approved by Mitacs.


Costs covered

  • Return airfare (via reimbursement)
  • Student fees at host institution (via reimbursement)
  • Visa fees (via reimbursement)
  • Living expenses
  • Daily accommodation allowance
  • Canadian medical insurance
  • Professional development training 
  • Registration for industry events
  • Access to the Mitacs mentor scheme

Please note that the cost of return flights, visa fees, and student fees must be covered by participating students upfront and will be reimbursed by Mitacs upon arrival in Canada. 




Would your university like to participate in Globalink?

If you are a representative of a UK university who wishes to put your institution forward for participation in the 2021-22 iteration of this scheme, please contact Sophie Da Silva. Partnerships Officer at UUKi, at sophie.dasilva@international.ac.uk.