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Globalink Research Internships, Canada



Globalink is a competitive Canadian internship programme opening to UK undergraduate students for the first time 

**Call 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 2020 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 Canada and the UK via two funding streams for a total of 20 places:

1) 10 spaces in the pilot year will be available for any UK student from an underrepresented group, co-funded by Mitacs and the Department for Education (DfE);

2) A further 10 places will be available to be co-funded by Mitacs and universities that have undertaken to sponsor their own students to participate.

Benefits to participants

  • Participate in a reputable and competitive mobility opportunity in Canada in 2020;
  • Extensive opportunities for cultural, social, and recreational experiences;
  • Enhancement of vital skills for the workplace, including research, 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;
  • Globalink Research Internship (GRI) alumni are eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.

Eligibility requirements

Interns must:

  • 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 your penultimate summer before graduating, e.g. you will currently be completing your first year of a 3-year degree or your 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 able 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.

Costs covered

  • Return airfare (via reimbursement)
  • Medical insurance
  • Living stipend
  • Accommodation
  • Professional development training
  • Registration for industry events

How to apply

**Please note: Students who have not already expressed an interest to their home institution and who are not in receipt of a letter of support from their home institution will not be considered for the scheme by Mitacs.

Mitacs has now launched the summer 2020 call to students. Please take your time to browse the available research projects, making sure the ones you choose closely align with your interests and academic experience to date. You may select between 3 and 7 projects when making your application. 

The deadline is Wednesday 18 September 2019, 1pm Pacific Time (9pm BST)


Is your university participating in Globalink?

The below institutions are nominating students for the scheme:

·         Anglia Ruskin University

·         Cardiff Metropolitan University

·         Cardiff University

·         Durham University

·         Heriot-Watt University

·         Liverpool John Moores University

·         Queen's University Belfast

·         Swansea University

·         University of Birmingham

·         University of Bradford

·         University of Edinburgh

·         University of Glasgow

·         University of Leeds

·         University of Manchester

·         University of Salford

·         University of Sheffield


If you are unsure whether you have been nominated by your university, please email victoria.bennett@international.ac.uk