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Globalink Research Internships, Canada

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

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.
Are you from an underrepresented group? You don't need to be from one of the universities listed below in order to express your interest! Get in touch with your study abroad/careers team.

Costs covered

  • Return airfare
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Living stipend
  • Accommodation
  • Globalink Student Mentors
  • Professional development training

How to apply

Students are expected to initially express an interest in the scheme for participation via either funding streams (either DfE co-funding for any Widening Participation student, or, university co-funding for WP and non-WP students) to their own university's study abroad/global team. Please see the contact details below for further information.

Mitacs is currently expected to launch the summer 2020 call to students on 31 July 2019 when the range of projects will be available to see. 

Candidates will be invited to select at least three and no more than seven research projects of the selection of projects profiled.

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 by 31 July will not be considered for the scheme by Mitacs.

Is your university participating in Globalink?

Please use the contact details provided below to receive instructions on how to express an interest in the scheme.

To note: as per the Department for Education funding outlined above, students at any UK university who are from an underrepresented group are eligible to express an interest in Globalink to their own study abroad team.

Universities that have undertaken to sponsor successful home students:



​Anglia Ruskin University 
​Bournemouth University
​Cardiff Metropolitan University
​Cardiff University
​Durham University
​Glasgow Caledonian University
​Imperial College London
​Liverpool John Moores University
​Queen's University Belfast
​Staffordshire University
​Swansea University
​The University of Salford
​University of Bath
​University of Birmingham
​University of Bradford
​University of Exeter
​University of Glasgow
​University of Manchester
​University of Sheffield
​University of the Arts London
​University of Westminster