Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Globalink Research Awards

The Mitacs Globalink Research Awards program provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects abroad. The program is open to all disciplines and provides an opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues around the world through the mobility of students in Mitacs partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico and Vietnam. Student recipients of the Globalink Research Award will develop research skills, cultural fluency and a professional network, becoming part of Canada’s new generation of global innovators. Applications are accepted at any time; however, recommended deadlines are set by Mitacs to facilitate application processing and the timely receipt of funds. See the detailed program guide on the Mitacs website.

Mitacs also offers the following Graduate Research Awards for specific research institutions in Japan, Tunisia, France and India. Funding amounts and funds delivery vary with these programs:

Value and Duration



Effective September 30, 2015, students in Canada on a study permit cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship. Students with Canadian citizenship and Permanent Residents of Canada can undertake research in any partner country, regardless of additional citizenship status.

To be eligible to apply, an applicant:

How to Apply

An applicant must:

After Approval and Prior to Travel

Once approved, Mitacs provides a Notice of Award by email to the student, SGPS and the Home Supervisor.

*Funds will not be released until Mitacs receives these forms.

*Travel is not permitted before final approval has been granted by Mitacs and Western International. Mitacs is not responsible for any costs incurred before the application has been approved. Travel must not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paperwork including the International Pre-Departure Form, the Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form, and the application has been approved.

Travel Restrictions

Note that regions of the six (6) Mitacs partner countries are subject to official travel advisories placed by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. See Western's Student Safety Abroad Website to learn more about how to determine the level of advisory for the location to which you are proposing to travel, and the authorization process for students wishing to travel to regions subject to official travel warnings. If you have questions about Western’s Student Safety Abroad Policy, or about your destination, please contact Lise Laporte.

Receiving Award Funds

Globalink Research Award funds are normally received at Western and the money is applied to the recipient's account in Student Centre prior to departure date. For some of the special calls described above, funds may be delievered to students in the destination country or institution. All funds are to be used for direct costs related to traveling to the research location and accommodation according to what was approved in the application. It is very important to retain receipts for any costs incurred for items approved in the application budget as copies must be submitted with the Travel Expense Report. (see Post-Travel Requirements)

Post-Travel Requirements

There are two Reports to complete upon return from the visit abroad:


SGPS: pmenzies@uwo.ca
Western International: lise.laporte@uwo.ca
Mitacs: international@mitacs.ca 

Agency Website: https://www.mitacs.ca/globalink/globalink-research-award

Updated January 27, 2016