University of Toronto – Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Globalink Research Award: Connecting Research Worldwide

Take your research abroad with the University of Toronto – Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA)!

This award offers funding for senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to conduct 12–24-week research projects at U of T and abroad.

The GRA gives students a chance for academic growth, international research collaboration, and invaluable experiences. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply and embark on this remarkable research journey!

Contact us for the most up to date application process (the application process is subject to change): globalinkaward@utoronto.ca

GLOBALINK RESEARCH AWARD (GRA) Special Calls have been launched!

  1. Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) –> Learn More via the Special Calls Tab (Application Deadline: submit by July 12, 2024.)

These special calls for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award present unique pathways for professors, students, and researchers to engage in cutting-edge projects and foster international collaborations. Explore these programs and seize the chance to contribute to innovative research endeavours, enhance your academic journey, and make a lasting impact in the world of arts and science.

 If you have questions or need more information about these special calls, feel free to email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca

Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

  • Date: July 12, 2024
  • Level: Full-time senior undergraduates, master’s and PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows
  • Themes: All disciplines
  • Other requirements: Project has to be in the French language and submitted in French. The eligible institutions in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Ukraine and United States must be members of Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and up to date in the membership fees. The list of the members of Agence universitaire de la Francophonie is available on their website.
  • Co-funding: No financial contribution is required from the Canadian institution
  • Award amount: $6,000 CAD
  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) Call For Proposal
  • Eligible institutions – Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
    • Eligible Institutions (Argentina): 
      • Universidad Nacional de la Plata
      • Universidad del Salvador
      • Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
      • Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero
    • Eligible institutions (Brazil): 
      • Universidade Federal do Amapá 
      • Universidade Federal de Goías 
      • Universidade Federal da Paraíba
      • Universidade Federal do Ceará 
      • Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho 
      • Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana 
      • Universidade do Estado Do Rio de Janeiro 
      • Universidade de Brasília 
      • Universidade de São Paulo
      • Universidade do Vale do Sapucai
      • Universidade Federal Fluminense 
      • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 
      • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco 
      • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro 
      • Universidade Federal de Uberlândia 
      • Universidade Federal do Paraná 
      • Universidade Federal do Pará
      • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte 
      • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
      • Eligible institutions (Chile):  
      • Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins
      • Universidad de Playa Ancha
    • Eligible institutions (Colombia): 
      • Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios
      • Universidad de los Andes
      • Universidad Ean
      • Universidad Libre
      • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
      • Universidad del Valle
      • Universidad del Rosario
      • Universidad Nacional de Colombia 
    • Eligible institutions (Mexico):
      • Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados 
      • Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México 
      • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
      • Universidad Veracruzana 
    • Eligible institutions (Ukraine):
      • Alfred Nobel University
      • Dnipro National University – Oles Honchar
      • Dnipro State Medical University
      • Donetsk National Technical University
      • Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
      • Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics
      • Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics
      • Lviv Polytechnic National University
      • Odessa I.I. Mechnykov National University
      • Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture
      • Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics
      • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
      • V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
      • Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
    • Eligible institutions (United States): 
      • University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Submit applications to globalinkaward@utoronto.ca. Visit the program’s website for more information and application details.

Overview

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) provides $6,000 CAD in funding for students to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project abroad.

Applications should be submitted 16 weeks (roughly four months) prior to the project start date, and acceptance notifications are typically received within 12 weeks.

Participants have up to a year to make travel arrangements after receiving the Outcome letter. Before departure, applicants must complete the Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics, as well as the International Pre-Departure forms. Grant funds are disbursed upon form submission. If possible, it is highly recommended to submit all documents, including the Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics, and the International Pre-Departure forms at the moment of project submission.

The GRA offers students a chance for academic growth, international research collaboration, and invaluable experiences. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply and embark on this remarkable research journey!

For more information, check out the Mitacs GRA website!

Application Process

*Please refer to the Inbound section or Outbound section for more specific details. For more information regarding the application process, refer to the “How to Apply’ tab on the Mitacs website.

*Submit the application documents 16 weeks (rougly four months) in advance!*

Inbound information section: Inbound GRA applicants are students and postdoctoral fellows registered at institutions outside of Canada awarded the GRA to conduct research at UofT.

Outbound information section: If you are a degree seeking student or postdoctoral fellow at U of T conducting research at external institutions or countries, you are considered an outbound applicant.


To begin, check if your desired institution for the research internship is covered by a Mitacs international partner with GRA, or if this institution is located in one of the countries listed under other eligible countries and regions. Projects with international partners are fully funded by Mitacs and their international partners, and don’t require co-funding from your U of T supervisor.

To apply for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA), connect with your supervisors independently to discuss possible projects, as Mitacs does not facilitate connections.

Before preparing the application, ensure UofT endorsement by contacting Mitacs and globalinkaward@utoronto.ca to confirm the specific requirements and obtain the application materials.

Please note that signatures may take 1-3 weeks to obtain. Complete the application package, including the application form and research proposal, and submit it 16 weeks (rougly four months) before the project start date.

Once completed, email the package to the Mitacs Business Development representative and/or globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.  If it’s possible, it is highly recommended to submit all documents at once including the Mitacs Code of Conduct and Ethics, and the International Pre-Departure forms. 

*For projects with international partners, follow the submission process outlined on the “International Partner Tab” of the Mitacs GRA website.

Timeline

The application process for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award spans several stages over a period of approximately 16 weeks (roughly four months, or one University of Toronto semester).

For example, to travel for your research project in May, start the application process around four to six months prior, in October or November. Have the application package ready to submit by December. You will receive the outcome of your application by April, and if successful, you can begin your project with the GRA.

Most importantly, you and your supervisors should submit the application package to Mitacs approximately 16 weeks (roughly four months) before the project start date.

International Partner Collaborations

Projects with international partners are fully funded by Mitacs program and their international partners.

Please refer to the below list of international partners, and please note the below information is subject to change. Refer to the Mitacs website for the most up-to-date information.

If your country or institution of interest is not listed, please check the Other Eligible Countries and Region tab.

Argentina

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

Brazil

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • Fundação Araucária Foundation 

Chile

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas (CRUCH-FUDEA)

Colombia

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

European Union

  • Travel to other EU countries (not listed here) only where projects are a part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) RISE program 

France

  • Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
  • France-Canada Research Funds Consortium (FCRF)
  • French Embassy in Canada
  • Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)
  • Université Côte d’Azur
  • Université Grenoble Alpes 
  • Université de Lorraine

Germany

  • GSI Heavy Ion Institute (Helmholtz Association)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (Helmholtz Association)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Max Planck Society
  • National Research Council and Aachen University (inbound to Canada only) 

Japan

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Korea

  • National Research Foundation of Korea

Mexico

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • Universidad Technologica El Retono (UTR)

Singapore

  • National Research Foundation of Singapore / AI Singapore (AISG) 

South Africa

  • National Research Foundation South Africa (NRF South Africa)

Taiwan

  • National Cheng Kung University, Global Research and Industry Alliance (NCKU GLORIA)

Ukraine

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
  • Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

United States

  • Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

For more information, check the “international partner information” tab on the Mitacs GRA website.

*If your desired international partner is not listed above, it indicates that the international partner is not currently collaborating with Mitacs. However, it is possible that your desired country may still be eligible for the Globalink Research Award (GRA). Refer to the “Other Eligible Countries and Regions” page for more information.

Eligible countries and regions

Please check if your desired institution for the research internship is covered by a Mitacs international partner first. If not included on the international partner list, then your project may require co-funding from your U of T supervisor.

If the institution is not on the international partner list, please review below for non-eligible countries. If your country isn’t on the list below, contact globalinkaward@utoronto.ca to start the application process.

Mitacs determines this list by following guidelines from the Government of Canada’s Global Affairs Travel Advisories.


  • Non-eligible countries and regions for outbound students — All other countries are eligible


Afghanistan

Ethiopia

Mauritania

South Sudan

Belarus

Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Myanmar

Sudan

Burkina Faso

Haiti

Niger

Syria

Burundi

Iran

Nigeria

Ukraine

Chad

Iraq

North Korea

Venezuela

Central African Republic

Lebanon

Papua New Guinea

Yemen

Democratic Republic of Congo

Libya

Russia

Eritrea

Mali

Somalia


  • Non-eligible countries and regions for inbound students — All other countries are eligible

North Korea

Russia


*If your country does appear on our list of ineligible countries, please reach out to globalinkaward@utoronto.ca to see if an exception is possible.

Contact Us

Email us: globalinkaward@utoronto.ca

When emailing globalinkaward@utoronto.ca or Mitacs for the first time, please make sure to include the following information (if available):

  1. Your planned host institution and supervisor
  2. Your home institution and supervisor
  3. A brief description (1-2 sentences) of your planned research project
  4. Your planned project dates

If you are a degree seeking student at U of T conducting research at external institutions or countries: please refer to the Outbound section.

This section is for guidance for inbound Globalink Research Award (GRA) applications. Inbound GRA applicants are students and postdoctoral fellows registered at institutions outside of Canada planning to conduct research at U of T.

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) provides $6,000 CAD for senior undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in select Mitacs partner countries to conduct 12–24-week research projects at the University of Toronto.

If you are a U of T GRA supervisor, please refer to the U of T Faculty Members tab for more about your responsibilities.

Please connect with your home university to complete any required pre-departure steps before travel.

Learn more about the Mitacs Globalink Research Award.


To apply for the award, follow these steps below.

Check your eligibility

  1. Must be registered as full-time undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at an eligible university or institution and remain as such throughout the Globalink Research Award. Postdoctoral fellows* may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than 5 years prior to the proposed start date of the research project.
  2. Must come from an eligible Mitacs partner country, and, in some cases, a Mitacs international partner. Check international collaboration partners and/or eligible countries, and Mitacs GRA website for more information. If your home institution country is on the non-eligible countries list, please contact via globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.
  3. Cannot undertake a research project at an institution in Canada where you have previously completed a degree and/or been employed.
  4. Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older).
  5. Must meet the travel requirements for your intended destination in Canada, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation
  6. Cannot have previously received a Globalink Research Award (no more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime).

*Are you a postdoctoral fellow? If so, please check with your University of Toronto supervisor regarding the minimum salary/stipend requirements for hosting a visiting postdoctoral fellow. Please email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca with any questions.

Secure your home and host supervisor

As a prospective inbound student to the University of Toronto (U of T), you will need to secure an academic supervisor at your home institution as well as one at U of T. The U of T host supervisor will provide $2000 CAD in co-funding to add to the Mitacs funding, for a total of $6000 CAD.

*For projects involving Mitacs international partners, the co-funding requirement for U of T supervisors is waived.

Host Supervising Professors (at U of T)

  1. Must hold a faculty position at U of T
  2. Must be eligible to supervise graduate students and hold Tri-Council funding

Home Supervising Professors

  1. Must be recognized faculty members at their institutions
  2. Must be eligible to supervise graduate students

To secure a supervisor, graduate students could go to the Find a Supervisor website to look for more specific details and guidance.

It is recommended to check your home department’s guidance for ways to secure your supervisor. Contact faculty members in your home university for their guidance. You can also use University of Toronto department lists to find contacts in your area of interest, and explore U of T professors and their research areas. Then, you can contact potential supervisors directly.

Complete and Submit the Application

*Submit the application documents 16 weeks (rougly four months) in advance!*

  1. Complete the Globalink Research Award application materials
  2. U of T funding form – If your project requires co-funding, your University of Toronto supervisor must complete a Funding Form. Email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca for more information.
  3. Application materials must be attached in ONE email and submitted as instructed by Mitacs, or to globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.

*Contact globalinkaward@utoronto.ca for specific application information and steps

*If it’s possible, it is highly recommended to submit the Pre-Departure form and the Code of Ethics form at the moment of submission, as it decreases risks of delays or missing documents further in the process.

Planning start and end dates

Refer to the application timeline for more information.

Research projects are conducted over 12–24-weeks at University of Toronto. You may complete up to 25% of the total project length at your home institution. Please view U of T’s academic terms below if you would like to plan the start of your project in accordance with U of T’s academic terms. You may come for longer than one term.

For both Undergraduate students and Graduate students:

Your start date at UofT can be any time during the year. However, it is recommended that you start when the term starts (as stated below)

Fall semester: September to December

Spring/Winter semester: January to April

Summer semester: May to August (recommended)

When you receive confirmation from an academic supervisor at your home university and an academic supervisor at U of T, you can start preparing your application materials. The application process for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award is outlined here.

Await the outcome of your application:

You will receive a “Review Results” letter from Mitacs – Globalink Research Award approximately 10-12 weeks after submission.

If successful?

Congratulations! You received the Globalink Research Award!

Upon receiving a successful application outcome, complete and submit the Pre-Departure form and the Code of Ethics form to Mitacs. Please connect with your home university to complete any required pre-departure steps before travel. If you have any pre-departure related inquiries, please reach out to your home institution for assistance.

Please note that your funding will not be released until these documents are completed and submitted.

*If possible, it is highly recommended to submit the Pre-Departure form and the Code of Ethics form at the moment of submission, to decrease risks of delays in the process.

Prepare for arrival

You will need to complete the requirements before your project:

  1. Check with your home university and complete any required pre-departure steps.
  2. Obtain appropriate health insurance for your time in Canada.
  3. Obtain appropriate visas and required permits. If you have any questions about this, please contact the following University of Toronto offices:

Postdoctoral fellows, contact:

Postdoctoral Fellows Office: sgs.postdoc@utoronto.ca

Undergraduate students, contact:

Your supervisor at U of T and/or globalinkaward@utoronto.ca

Graduate students, contact:

School of Graduate Studies International: sgs.international@utoronto.ca

Students or researchers from external institutions or countries applying for the Globalink Research Award to conduct research at UofT: please refer to the Inbound section.

This section is for guidance for outbound Globalink Research Award (GRA) applications. Outbound GRA applicants are degree seeking students or postdoctoral fellows registered at U of T planning to conduct research at external institutions or countries.

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 CAD for senior undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.

If you are a U of T GRA supervisor, please refer to the U of T Faculty Members tab for more about your responsibilities.

Please note that the Mitacs Pre-Departure Form is signed by U of T Safety Abroad (safety.abroad@utoronto.ca) once all Safety Abroad requirements are complete.

Learn more about the Mitacs Globalink Research Award.


To apply for the award, follow these steps below.

Check your eligibility

  1. Must be registered as full-time undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at an eligible university or institution and remain as such throughout the Globalink Research Award. Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than 5 years prior to the proposed start date of the research project.
  2. Must travelling to an eligible Mitacs partner country, and, in some cases, a Mitacs international partner. Check international collaboration partners and/or eligible countries, and Mitacs GRA website for more information. If your desired destination is on the non-eligible countries list, please contact via globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.
  3. Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where you have previously completed a degree and/or been employed.
  4. Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older).
  5. Must meet the travel requirements for your intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation.
  6. Cannot have previously received:

Visit the Mitacs Globalink Research Award – “Eligibility” tab for more details.

Secure your home and host supervisor

As an outbound U of T student, you will need to secure an academic supervisor at a host institution as well as one at U of T. The U of T supervisor will provide $2,000 CAD in co-funding to add to the Mitacs funding, for a total of $6,000 CAD.

*For projects involving Mitacs international partners, the co-funding requirement for U of T supervisors is waived.

To secure a supervisor, graduate students could go to the Find a Supervisor website to look for more specific details and guidance.

It is recommended to check out your department’s guidance of ways to secure your supervisor. For example, laboratory medicine and pathobiology students can refer to Finding a supervisor for your MSc or PhD for more information.

Plan your project start and end dates

Refer to the application timeline to plan your project.

Research projects are conducted over 12–24-weeks at a host institution. You may complete up to 25% of the total project length at your home institution (U of T).

Keep in mind that the host institution term dates may not be the same as U of T. Check with your host institution for any recommendations for when to arrive and start your project. Also, review the academic terms of your host institution to align the start of your project accordingly. Taking these factors into account will help ensure efficient project planning and coordination.

Complete the application and submit

*Submit the application documents 16 weeks (rougly four months) in advance!*

  1. Complete the Globalink Research Award application form 
  2. Complete the research proposal.
  3. U of T funding form: If your project requires co-funding, the University of Toronto supervisor must complete a Funding Form. Email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca for more information.
  4. Application materials must be attached in ONE email and submitted as instructed by Mitacs, or to  globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.

*Contact globalinkaward@utoronto.ca for specific application information and steps.

Await the outcome of your application:

You will receive a “Review Results” letter from Mitacs – Globalink Research Award approximately 10-12 weeks after submission.

If successful?

Congratulations! You received the Globalink Research Award!

  1. Complete and return the signed Pre-Departure form to Mitacs. The form must be signed by U of T Safety Abroad: safety.abroad@utoronto.ca.
  2. In order for Safety Abroad to sign the Mitacs Pre-Departure form, students need to fulfill all of U of T Safety Abroad requirements.
  3. Complete and return the Code of Ethics form to Mitacs.

Please note that your funding will not be released until these documents are completed and submitted.

Have questions about your pre-departure steps? Email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.

Prepare for your arrival

You need to complete the requirements before your project:

  1. Obtain appropriate health insurance.
  2. Obtain appropriate visas and required permits. If you have any questions about this, please contact your host institution and/or the embassy or consulate of your host country.

If encountering any outbound-specific questions, contact:

U of T Globalink Research Award team (globalinkaward@utoronto.ca): questions about funding, pre-departure steps, application process.

Safety Abroad (safety.abroad@utoronto.ca): questions related to planning travel, Safety Abroad requirements, Mitacs Pre-Departure Form.

Your host supervisor/host institution: questions about your project, visas, arrival process, on the ground support.

Gain insights into the vital support faculty provide to interns and participants throughout their research projects, and discover below the essential duties of host supervisors and home supervisors in the Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) program.


Supervisors’ Responsibilities

Host supervisor’s responsibilities

The host supervisor is responsible for ensuring that there is an administrative owner for the visit in place and will assist with the administrative processes as needed. In addition, the host supervisor will:

  • Adhere to institutional policies for visiting researchers 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the intern prior to and during the research project 
  • Advise the intern on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation 
  • Provide the intern with any necessary documentation to support the visa application 
  • Ensure the intern has appropriate lab and/or office space and resources during the research project
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the intern 

Home supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for research abroad 
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the participant prior to and during the research project 
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the participant 

Additional responsibilities of the Canadian institution and supervisor

In addition to the above, the Canadian supervisors and institutions – whether home or host – have additional responsibilities, specifically:

  • Supporting interns with the necessary preparations for travel abroad (institutional travel policy, immigration application support) 
  • Assuming fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant
  • For inbound students (hosting incoming students at the University of Toronto), assisting with administrative processes as needed and ensure that there is an administrative owner for the visit.

Learn more by visiting the Mitacs GRA website, and referring to the “Award Guidelines” tab.

To be eligible, supervisors:

  • Must hold a faculty position.
  • Must be eligible to supervise graduate students (UofT supervisors must be eligible to hold Tri-Council funding).

Funding Process

  • If the project requires co-funding, U of T supervisors must have identified co-funding of $2,000 CAD to contribute to a total award value of $6,000 CAD. (Projects with Mitacs international partners are fully funded by Mitacs and their international partners).
  • U of T supervisors must complete and submit the U of T funding form. This form must be submitted as part of the GRA application package. Please contact globalinkaward@utoronto.ca to request the funding form.
  • U of T supervisors will need to set up a MRA (My Research Application). More information about MRAs.
  • In most cases, the total Globalink Research Award funding will be released to the U of T supervisor’s MRA. The supervisor will then distribute funds to the student.
  • If the project requires co-funding, the U of T Globalink Research Award team will later invoice the account noted on the abovementioned Funding Form for the co-funding.

Receiving students? See the Inbound section for more information.

Sending students? Please refer to the Outbound section.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Mitacs Globalink Research Award at the University of Toronto. Get quick and accurate information regarding eligibility, project supervision, institutional requirements, international partnerships, and more.

Visit the Mitacs website and click on the FAQ tab for general Mitacs GRA questions.

For UofT-specific FAQs, refer to the pages below.


Before Application:

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) provides $6,000 CAD in funding for students to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project abroad.

Inbound applicants are students or postdoctoral fellows registered at institutions outside of Canada applying for the GRA to conduct research at the University of Toronto: Inbound information section.

Outbound applicants are degree seeking students or postdoctoral fellows at the University of Toronto applying for the GRA to conduct research outside of Canada: Outbound information section.

Visit the eligibility tab of the Inbound section or Outbound section for more information. Also visit Mitacs Globalink Research Award – “Eligibility”  for further details.

To apply, email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca to obtain application materials which generally include a research proposal and an application form.

Yes, senior (third / fourth year) undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the GRA at U of T.

Incoming Students (Inbound) can:

Contact faculty members in your home department for guidance and recommendations. Use University of Toronto department lists to find contacts in your area of interest, and explore U of T professors and their research areas. Then contact potential supervisors directly.

Outgoing Students (Outbound) can:

If you don’t already have a U of T supervisor, utilize U of T department lists to find contacts in your area of interest, and explore U of T professors and their research areas. Contact potential supervisors in the relevant research area directly for guidance. For host supervisors outside of Canada, you can speak with faculty members at U of T for their suggestions. Otherwise you can also research institutions abroad, looking through departments and research teams, and then reaching out to potential supervisors

For more information, graduate students could go to Find a Supervisor website to look for more specific details and guidance. It is recommended to check with your department for guidance on ways to secure your supervisor.

The key deadline for the Globalink Research Award (GRA) application process at UofT is to submit the completed application package 16 weeks (rougly four months) before the project start date. You can view an example timeline of the application process here.

Yes, the GRA at U of T welcomes applications from international students who meet the eligibility criteria. International students should ensure they have the necessary study permits and immigration documentation for their research period.

Please note that students registered at institutions outside of Canada should refer to the Inbound section for eligibility information, and students registered at the University of Toronto should refer to the Outbound section for more information.

*To see if you’re eligible, please also visit Mitacs Globalink Research Award – “Eligibility”  for more details.

Projects with international partners are fully funded by Mitacs and the international partner and as such, the co-funding requirement for U of T supervisors is waived.

Projects in an eligible country but without a Mitacs international partner require co-funding of $2,000 CAD. In other words, the U of T supervisor would be responsible for covering part of the funding ($2,000 CAD).

For more information, refer to the international partner collaborations and other eligible countries sections. For more a comprehensive overview of the funding process, visit the Mitacs website.

If your desired host country does appear on the list of ineligible countries, you can still reach out to Mitacs to see if an exception is possible. Email globalinkaward@utoronto.ca with any questions.

The University of Toronto’s Globalink Research Award team: globalinkaward@utoronto.ca.

Even if not involved in the project outside of Canada, your U of T supervisor has what is called “fiscal responsibility” for the Mitacs GRA funding. What this means is that your U of T supervisor is responsible for administering the funding, and in cases where co-pay is required, providing $2000 CAD when invoiced. For more details, please reach out to globalinkaward@utoronto.ca or speak with your U of T supervisor.


After Application

Outcome letters are typically issued 10-12 weeks after application submission. For this reason, you should submit your application materials 16 weeks prior to your project start date.

  1. Obtain appropriate health insurance.
  2. Obtain appropriate visas and required permits. If you have any questions about this, please contact your host institution.

*For inbound student, please connect with your home institution’s international office to complete any pre-departure requirements before travel.

*For outbound students, please check with safety.abroad@utoronto.ca to complete pre-departure requirements before travel.

For Inbound students:

Upon receiving a successful application outcome, complete and submit the Pre-Departure form and the Code of Ethics form to Mitacs. If you have any pre-departure related inquiries, please reach out to your home institution for assistance.

For Outbound students:

  1. Complete and return the Pre-Departure form to Mitacs. (students need to have their Mitacs Pre-Departure form signed by Safety Abroad)
  2. In order to complete the form, students need to fulfill all of U of T Safety Abroad requirements.
  3. Please contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca for any pre-departure related questions.
  4. Complete and return the Code of Ethics form to Mitacs.