Mitacs has launched a special call for applications for student projects on themes of contemporary importance, to be carried out with an institutional partner abroad.  This initiative is open to Carleton senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows as well as senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows from eligible institutions who wish to conduct projects at Carleton University.  Projects should be developed with the host supervisor and must fit within one of the themes and subcategories listed below.  It is the responsibility of participants to connect with one another.

Carleton faculty members who are conducting research in the specified fields and have existing or potential collaborations with partners at eligible institutions are also encouraged to submit applications for groups of students (up to five) for a single project.

For a list of eligible partner institutions and their specific requirements, please see additional information on Mitacs partners below and visit the Mitacs website here.


1. Artificial Intelligence: 

i. Responsible AI
ii. Data governance
iii. Future of work
iv. Innovation and commercialization

2. Quantum Technologies:

i. Quantum computing and simulation
ii. Quantum networking and communication
iii. Quantum sensing and metrology

3. Green Economy:

i. Sustainable industry
ii. Clean technology and materials
iii. Clean energy transition
iv. Healthy environments (includes Arctic research, oceans, sustainable agriculture and smart cities)

4. Pandemic Preparedness:

i. Pandemic preparedness and AI
ii. Social impact policy making
iii. Societal response to Covid-19 pandemic
iv. One Health

Duration and Value

The award provides CAD$6,000 to cover travel and accommodations or research expenses.  The research trips must be between 12 and 24 weeks.

Travel Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Please note that travel restrictions remain in place due to COVID-19 and Carleton University has suspended its visiting researcher program as well as restricted research-related travel for its members. Currently, the university is not accepting visiting researchers to campus and not allowing students to travel for research internships.  Although the Mitacs GRA call is open and students may apply for the awards, and be accepted, no travel can take place until restrictions are lifted.  As a result, for successful award recipients, all travel will be on hold until further notice.  Carleton International will not issue letters of invitation (for visa purposes) for inbound students or conduct predeparture orientations for outbound students at this time.  All award recipients will be notified immediately once these procedures are resumed and preparations for travel can be made.

Please note that research projects selected through this call for applications (decisions are expected in February 2021) will have up to a year to begin (until February 2022), once circumstances allow.


  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at a Canadian university or at an eligible university or institution outside Canada and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award. Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project.
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree
  • For participants travelling from Canada: cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada)
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older)
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation
  • Cannot hold more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award


December 1, 2020, 5:00 pm

How to Apply

Please visit the Mitacs GRA Thematic Call for application details.

Mitacs Partners

Mitacs is pleased to be collaborating with the following international partners in this thematic call for applications.

Brazil: Fundação Araucária Foundation
China: China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)
France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)
France: French Embassy in Canada
France: Université de Lorraine
Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)
Germany: Jülich (Helmholtz Association)
India: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST)
Korea: National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Singapore: AI Singapore (AISG)
Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University
Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)
United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

For a complete list of the extensive number of institutions that are eligible in each country, please visit the Mitacs website here and click on the tab “International Partners and Specific Eligibility”.  Eligible institutions for each country are listed under the Mitacs partner.


Sylvie Jasen
International Projects Coordinator
Carleton International