Globalink Research Award - Special Opportunity

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award supports international research collaboration. Special research funding is available for graduate students with uncertain status in their current location, to conduct research at a Canadian university.

At this time, Mitacs is accepting applications from individuals studying or conducting research at the graduate level (Master’s or Ph.D.) in the United States, or from individuals who intend to study or conduct research in the United States. Applicants must be experiencing uncertainty with respect to their immigration status in the United States, or expect to experience such difficulty in the United States.

Value and Duration

  • $5,000 award from Mitacs to support student travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and student stipend
  • 12-24 week project at Western, supervised by Western faculty
  • Applications are accepted at any time and will be processed as received.

How to Apply

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be registered for full-time studies at a foreign institution throughout their Globalink Research Award
  • Be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older)
  • Must describe the exceptional circumstances they are experiencing and the impact on their study or research.

Host supervising professors must:

  • Hold a faculty position at Western 
  • Be eligible to supervise graduate students and hold Tri-Agency funding

Home supervising professors must:

  • Be recognized faculty members at their institutions and
  • Be eligible to supervise graduate students

Award Guidelines

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with the Canadian university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities. Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the Canadian university’s processes following their institutional policies.

Student’s responsibilities

  • Make all necessary preparations for travel abroad with the appropriate university office(s)
  • Obtain appropriate work permit for Canada. Mitacs will work with students to ensure they have the necessary documentation to apply for a work permit.
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home university
  • Work full-time on the research project
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project

Host supervisor’s responsibilities

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

Home supervisor’s responsibilities

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

Adjudication

All applications will undergo review by an interdisciplinary team. Proposals will be adjudicated based on the following criteria:

  • Expected benefit to the student’s academic studies and research career
  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Level of supervision and mentorship committed by the host supervisor
  • Strength of recommendation by the home supervisor

About Globalink Research Award Adjudication (PDF)

Funding

  • Mitacs issues the award letter after the student has provided their International Pre-Departure and Student Code of Conduct forms, respectively, and confirmed their project dates. Students cannot begin the project until Mitacs has issued both an outcome and award letter.
  • Approved recipients will receive funds to support student travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and a student stipend. Mitacs funds will be sent to the host university’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent) and administered as a research grant in the host supervisor’s name.
  • Mitacs funds must be spent according to the proposed budget and Tri-Council eligible expenses
  • Funding is based on a project duration of 12 weeks, though projects durations of up to 24 weeks are acceptable. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other funding sources and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.

The following deliverables must be submitted to Mitacs no later than one month after the project concludes:

  • A final report that summarizes the project. The student is responsible for drafting the final report and securing approval and signatures from the participating supervisors.
  • Exit survey from the student
  • Exit survey from the home academic supervisor
  • Exit survey from the host academic supervisor

Contact

Updated May 10, 2017