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Mitacs Globalink Research Internship

If the scheme is offered again in future years, details will be posted here.

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship scheme is a UK-Canada research mobility programme for Undergraduates. It is a competitive programme which co-funds undergraduates from partner countries to complete an intensive 12-week summer research internship, in a variety of academic disciplines, under the supervision of a professor at one of 70 participating Canadian universities.

In the 2020-21 academic year, Mitacs (in partnership with the IRO at Imperial) will offer full funding for a maximum of 3 Imperial undergraduate students.

In the UK, the scheme is managed by Universities UK International (UUKi), who is a partner of Mitacs, a not-for-profit Canadian national research organisation.

At Imperial, this opportunity is managed/supported by the International Relations Office.

For further information on the Globalink Research Internship scheme, please visit the UUKi website and Mitacs website.

Information about the scheme


In 2020, eligibility criteria is listed on the UUKI website here:

Your department will email you if you are eligible for the scheme. The email will tell you how to express interest in applying to the programme.

At the point of expressing interest in the scheme, the International Relations Office will ask you to confirm your eligibility against the criteria set out by Mitacs. Please make sure you meet these criteria before expressing interest.

To be eligible to apply to the programme, you must:

  • be an undergraduate enrolled full-time at Imperial College London, with a year remaining in your programme when you return to the UK. Internships take place in the penultimate summer before graduating, e.g. for the internship taking place in summer 2021, students would be completing their first year of a 3-year degree or their second year of a four-year degree in August 2020.

  • be at least 18 years of age

  • have a minimum GPA of 65% (in every year of study at Imperial, to date) – this is equivalent to a high 2:1
  • be available to spend 12 weeks in the period between May and October at a university in Canada on a research project related to your 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.


This is a fully-funded opportunity.

The total cost of the programme is $12,000 CAD per student (approximately £7,010) and will be apportioned as follows:

Mitacs: $8,000 CAD (approximately £4,670)
International Relations Office (Imperial): $4,000 CAD (approximately £2,340)

Funding for students will cover research costs, return flights, visa, airport transport, housing, health insurance, living expenses, attendance at industry events and professional development workshops, as well as access to the Mitacs mentor scheme.

Process for Imperial students

*Please note, the opportunity to express interest and apply for the programme is now closed*

*The timeline for this process will be confirmed for the 2021-22 academic year in due course*

Students interested in this programme must be nominated by the College – you cannot apply independently.

Interested students must check they meet the eligibility criteria before submitting an expression of interest. Expressions of interest should be made via the Qualtrics form and completed before the deadline set.

The IRO will nominate all students who meet the essential criteria. Students details will be shared with UUKi, who will confirm student’s eligibility to apply to the scheme with Mitacs.

All eligible students will then receive instructions on how to apply to the Mitacs programme.

Selection decisions are made by Mitacs.

Required documentation

In 2020, the required documentation is listed on the MITACS website here: 

If you are on a 4-year degree programme, Mitacs also requests that you provide your accumulated GPA. Imperial does not provide an accumulated GPA on your official transcripts. Once nominated to the programme, the International Relations Office will work directly with your department to obtain a supplementary letter with your independently calculated GPA. We will be in touch with all nominated students about this in due course.